Winchester 1906

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Introduction | I. Models | II. Variations | III. Condition
1906 Models (Outline) | Gun Parts Diagram

A Brief History of Winchester Rifles

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 metalic 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 1906 Winchester Rifles
The 1906 Model was the second in a series of Slide-Action rifles that Winchester produced.    It was actually designed by John and Mathew Browning and followed the 1890 Model in production. The 1906 was produced as a lower cost version to the 1890 Model, selling for 66% of the cost.   All guns were of the take-down variety.  The 1906 Model was chambered initially for .22 short (up to serial # 113,000).  But after 2-years, guns were produced that shot short, long, and long-rifle interchangeably, with this modification assuring the continued success of the 1906.   This Winchester Model was produced from 1906 to 1932 with over 800,000 guns sold.

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To determine the value of your firearm, you must first analyze it carefully.  There are three distinct Models of the 1906 Winchester Rifle, and they vary somewhat in value.  In appraising your gun, you must initially determine if you have the  .22 Short-only, the Standard, or Expert Model, then what variation.   After selecting the appropriate Model, 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 | 1906 Outline of Features | Gun Parts