Winchester Model 1906 pump action “Boy’s Rifle” in .22 Short, Long and Long Rifle chambering. This is a very early example with matching serial numbers on the receiver and trigger guard of 265342, indicating a manufacture date of 1911. The diminutive Model 1906 was a scaled down version of the famed Model 1890 meant for the “boys market.” The Model 1906 uses the same action as the Model 1890, but is mated with a shorter, 20” round barrel, shorter length butt stock with Winchester embossed hard rubber butt plate. Early forearms on this model were made plain and round which would fit the small hands of the young boys lucky enough to have one of these relatively expensive rifles! And it was a lucky boy indeed as most boys’ rifles of the early part of the 20 th Century were inexpensive single shot affairs. The Model 1906 repeating rifle was the top of the line in youth rifles! Generally, this is a very difficult rifle to find in fine condition. The boys who owned them typically used them constantly over long years until they were able to fit a full-size or man-size rifle. Often, one Model 1906 would be passed down from first the oldest son to younger sons (or possibly daughters, but probably not as during this time in American society boys did “boy things” and girls did “girl things” as the norm...and nobody found this strange or unacceptable! How times have changed!) This fine and very early Model 1906 still retains very attractive aged blue on the receiver with the barrel and mag tube a pleasing plum brown patina. It is fitted with a buckhorn rear sight and small blade front sight. All markings are fine and legible on the barrel and upper tang including the Winchester address, “MODEL 1906” designation (later rifles were marked MODEL ’06), patent dates and caliber. The butt stock with original butt plate is surprisingly sound and without cracks or chips. Wood to metal ft is tight and excellent as is the takedown feature. The action functions correctly and all springs are strong. The bore shows some normal wear, but retains fine rifling all the way through and is in a much better state of preservation than normally found on this model, especially for such an early, 108 year old example! Clearly a desirable relic from a time when American boys with .22 caliber rifles were the norm, and safe shooting and marksmanship were encouraged.
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