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Old May 3, 2009, 07:55 PM   #1
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wards western field rifle model 32a 22 s.l & l.r.

Hey folks, newbie here, first post.
I've acquired this rifle from my grandfather whos passed. I believe he got it from his father. Does anyone know the history of these rifles? This one has no serial I can see.It seems to be in good shaped, being a 22 do you think I should have it checked by a gunsmith before firing?( I really don't have the money to spare) Would I be correct in assuming S.L. stands for shorts and L.R. stands for long rifle? And last but not least does any one know where or if I could get teardown instructions? Sorry for the amount of questions on my first post but I'd like to teach my daughter to shoot with it ,kind of keep it in the family. Thanks in advance
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Old May 3, 2009, 08:41 PM   #2
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Made by Mossberg sometime before WWII. Your correct on the .22 markings: S = short; L = long; LR = Long rifle. Most guns manufactured in that era did not have serial numbers.

If it's in good shape you can probably clean and lube it well and safely shoot it but having it inspected by a knowledgeable shooter or gunsmith would not be a bad idea prior to shooting.
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Old May 3, 2009, 10:48 PM   #3
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Thank you for the reply. Mossberg huh, cool. Yes it in good condition,altough you can tell its been well used. Probably had many a squirrel in its sights. I've had it out of the stock and it looks fairly simple. But I'd rather have a drawing at least before I went any further. So as I'd know where any springs go after they went booing. Any ideas on a drawing?
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Old May 4, 2009, 01:33 AM   #4
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Use this link for Numrich. They have three choices for schematics, including a 99 cent schematic via email. They may even have parts for your old gun!
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Old May 4, 2009, 11:38 AM   #5
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Wow, thanks for the reply. And thanks for the info I'll go check it out. I was pretty sure I'd be able to find out something about this rifle in here. Thanks again.
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