Monday, October 17, 2005

Ode to the .22LR

Oh, .22LR... providing us with extremely cheap entertainment for 118 years nearly unchanged.

Yup, 1887.

Something else happened in 1887 too... Winchester introduced a lever action shotgun, in 10 and 12 guages. And, they sprung forth a special one-off, with a rifled 12 guage barrel and a 10 guage reinforced action.

Yes, the venerable (well, not venerable, closer to vaporware) .70-150 winchester.

What it *does* do, however, is light a fire under the mad scientist's idea box and immediately he pops up a custom built Winchester 1887 rifle chambered in.... in... in....

.577/450 Martini Henry. Must check on breech diameters tomorrow...

Hey, it's not so farfetched, Norinco's making quite a few brand-new 1887's nowadays.


Blogger Tam said...

Actually, it's 1897's that Norinco's making a ton of. The only people engaged in 1887 reproduction is a company out of Australia; ADI, I believe. Bring money.

6:19 AM  
Blogger Dr. StrangeGun said...

"ADI Limited of Australia, produced a modern Model 1887 with the Model 1901 firing chamber and action to fire smokeless shotgun rounds. As of 2005, production on this firearm by ADI Limited has ceased.
Norinco of China, currently produces the Model 1887 shotgun in 12-gauge for modern smokeless shells. As of 2005, Norinco appears to be the only gun company that continues to manufacture the Winchester Model 1887/Model 1901 series shotguns today."

10:39 AM  
Blogger Dr. StrangeGun said...'87_wcse.htm

Norinco, via CoyoteCap. Bring $550, or $635 for a properly spiffied up model.

Read that, we may want to act *now* at the shop and snag a few.

10:46 AM  
Blogger Tam said...

Well, damned if they don't.

I'd better talk to El Jefe; his dad is a pretty serious SASS buff...

1:58 PM  

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