The Model 61 was developed by Winchester in an attempt to keep pace with its competitor's hammerless .22 rifles. Model 61s were produced from 1932 to 1963. This variation (Magnum) was only produced from 1960 to 1963 with this example manufactured in 1960. Dovetailed, Lyman beaded blade front and elevation adjustable rear notch sights, Winchester "WP" proofs on the barrel and receiver at the breech, grooved receiver top for scope mounting, and serrated trigger and hammer catch. The barrel features a very unique non-standard type 3 inscription with the caliber listed as "22 W.M.R.F." A strikingly similar example of this inscription is pictured on page 56 of "Winchester Slide Action Rifles: Volume II" by Ned Schwing. Perhaps just as interesting is that the serial number listed in the book is 284,XXX with the last three digits intentionally redacted. 17 groove slide handle and smooth pistol grip stock with checkered composite Winchester buttplate.
Excellent with 97% plus original blue finish, crisp barrel markings, and some light handling and cycling marks. The wood is also excellent with just a few small scattered dings. Mechanically excellent.
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