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Old December 23, 2006, 06:19 PM   #1
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US Springfield Armory Model Of 1922

I inherited my Grandfather's target rifle that he used to shoot in the navy during WWII. I never thought to ask him the history of the rifle and don't know alot about it. Any help, history or knowledge is appreciated. I can't imagine ever selling the rifle but what is the approx value in excellent condition? The markings are as follows:

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Springfield
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Model of 1922
Cal..22
502
This is on the receiver, ahead of the chamber.

On the barrel, behind the front sight, is S.A. with the bomb marking under it and the 4-36 date under that.

The rear sight is a lyman or williams peep type and the front sight is a lyman. The stock forearm doesn't have the groove on both sides. It is like a conventional rifle stock with checkering on both sides. I wish I could post a picture but can't at this time. Thank you in advance. As a side note, the rifle is wicked accurate and will shoot 1/4 inch groups at 50 meters with boring regularity. It's heavy but no squirrel is safe when I hunt with it.
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Old December 23, 2006, 07:08 PM   #2
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The Standard Catalog lists the Model 1922. 24.5" bbl., half-length stock, single barrel band, 5-round magazine, blue finish, walnut stock. Three basic types: standard issue, NRA commercial, and the ones altered from M1 to M2.

There were approximately 2000 made between 1922 and 1924. "The survival rate of the original issue types is not large as most were converted."
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Looking at the Blue Book, I'll try to summarize, but I'm not really sure I can explain it all.

There are different versions: the Model 1922, the Model 1922-M1, the Model 1922-M2(upgraded parts, additional stamping - including another 'I' after the one on the 'M1' and some marks on the bolt, etc.), Model 1922 NRA variation.

From what I've read on the Jouster rimfire forum, most of the military guns have been refinished/parkerized. A pristine blue, unrefinished example just sold at auction for $4,000.

Long story short, last year's Blue Book lists:
1922-M1 in 98% condition at $2000.
1922 NRA in 98% at $2250.
1922-M2 in 98% at $1200.
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Makes a nice squirrel gun, doesn't it?

John

www.jouster.com/cgi-bin/smallbore/smallbore.pl These guys know their flaming bomb guns.
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Old December 23, 2006, 10:04 PM   #3
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If the stock is checkered, that is an alteration that will considerably reduce the dollar value. I think a 1936 dated barrel on SN 502 would be a replacement. Still a great rifle, one of the few truly man-sized .22s ever made.

A picture would be interesting to see.
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