Thursday, September 16, 2010

VINTAGE SPRINGFIELD MODEL 53-B .22 BOLT ACTION RIFLE


Today it's my Grandfathers .22 Springfield Rifle.

He bought this rifle when he turned 8 for five dollars... brand new! He was also driving a model T Truck in Cattle Drives when he was 10, so it was a different time back then.

It's probably shot hundreds of thousands of rounds. He used it to hunt for squirrel and rabbits as he grew up poor in the Ozarks of Missouri.

He gave this to me when I was around 16. It's always been very special to me.


It's a Springfield Model 53-B

It's all metal and wood. Just like an old hunting rifle should be.

Single shot Bolt Action. Shoots all .22's. Short and Long.

He carved his initials in it so everyone knew it was his. I love this feature.

Shoots a little to the right....

Inside the bolt... It's very clean. It's just been extremely well loved.

And the one screw that holds it all together... Having a piece of anything from a grandparent is very special and a wonderful thing to own. I'll someday give this to my son and he'll give it to his. An old .22 is a great little rifle to have just to plink around with and if you're okay with guns, it's a for sure a vintage gear for guy thing!

10 comments:

  1. Nice, mine was stolen :(

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  2. i have one but its not quite as old, im trying to find out the model # as it only says .22 short long or long rifle on it.

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    1. mine is the same as the one in the picture except the cocking piece is broke. If anyone knows where i can get parts please let me know...dhdmt@yahoo.com thanks

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  3. I don't know where to get parts for these. I'm sure Springfield has run out of stock long ago....

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  4. I have one for sale. Nice piece. $100.00
    In Florida.
    jkcorvair69@att.net

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    1. Do you stillhave the rifle? If so email me at jduffjr410@yahoo.com. I am definitely interested.

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  5. I bought a 53B for $125 at a Tulsa gun show a year ago so I could teach my 8 & 10 year old daughters to shoot. It is perfect for them and I love the history of using a classic youth .22 single shot. This 53B is exactly what I needed for my girls.

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  6. I bought a 53B for $125 at a Tulsa gun show a year ago so I could teach my 8 & 10 year old daughters to shoot. It is perfect for them and I love the history of using a classic youth .22 single shot. This 53B is exactly what I needed for my girls.

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  7. I have a 53-B folk art gun. It has six pieces of inlay steel in the stock. Four of the pieces are arrow tip shaped in the main stock, and two are round in the fore stock. It looks very Native American or early trapper. It is a cool piece of firearm folk art.

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