Model 55 Winchester

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Introduction | I. Models | II. Variations | III. Condition
Model 55 (Outline) | Gun Parts Diagram

A Brief History of Winchester Rifles and the Model 55

Winchester Rifles and Shotguns was established by Oliver F. Winchester on February 20, 1866.  The first model produced under his name was the Model 1866 lever-action rifle .44 caliber rimfire.  There had been earlier rifles using lever action  including the Rocket Ball and Volition Repeater in 1848, Jennings Rifle (patent 1851), Smith and Wesson pistol, and Volcanic Repeating Arms (New Haven Arms Company and Henry Rifles).  When the design was improved by B. Henry Tyler (shop foreman at the New Haven Arms Company), the .44 caliber metallic rimfire cartridge became powerful enough to compete with the single shot rifles of the day.   Winchester Repeating Arms Company established itself as one of the world's leading firearms manufacturers of the world, and the subsequent rifles produced by Winchester are highly prized today by collectors.

About Model 55 Winchester Rifles - In 1924, Winchester introduced the Model 55 lever-action rifle as a simplified version of the 1894 Winchester.  The Model 55 was available in 30 WCF (30-30), 32 WS and 25-35 calibers.  This rifle could be ordered only with a round 24 inch barrel, the forearm smooth, a plain walnut straight-grip stock, and shotgun butt.  The frame and barrel were blued and had either a solid or takedown feature.

The Model 55 was manufactured through 1932 with approximately 21,000 guns produced during the 8-year production period.  The Model 55 was discontinued because it could just not compete in sales with the 1894 Winchester.

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To determine the value of your firearm, you must first analyze it carefully.  There are two distinct 55 models, and then caliber variations, and they all vary somewhat in value.  In appraising your rifle, you must initially determine if you have the  24 inch inch solid  model, or the take-down version.   After selecting the appropriate Model and variation, you will be easily guided to the value range.  There are 4 steps to this process.

Step 1: Determine the Model of firearm
Step 2: Determine the Variation of model type
Step 3: Determine the Condition of firearm
Step 4:
Determine the Book Value of firearm

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Introduction | Models | Variations | Condition | Model 55 Outline of Features | Gun Parts