Also unlike the Model 1890, the gun was never able to fire the slightly longer .22 WRF round, which was the .22 Magnum 1900s-era. An oversized screw on the rear of the receiver, when removed, allowed the gun to break apart into two pieces for cleaning, storage, and transport.

It loaded much like the Marlin Model 60 of today with a tube mounted under and parallel to the barrel held into place by a spring-loaded plunger at the top.

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In the year 1890, a few things happened at Winchester. They needed new rifles, better rifles and to come up with new ideas he reached out for new blood.

It was then, while making moves to diversify this line, Bennett contracted with a young gunsmith by the name of John Moses Browning.

Another common problem encountered is mismatched forward and rear halves.

This came about when carnival staff broke the guns down at night to clean the gunk out of them, and then reassembled them the next morning with no guarantee that they matched the right forward section to the correct rear.

Should you have a shooter-grade gun that has seen better days, shoot it some more. Wisners in Chehalis, Washington makes new internal replacement parts for 1890/1906/62 Winchester pumps so you are not completely up the creek if you have one that doesn’t go pop anymore.

If you have a Model 62 in any condition, it may be a good idea to stock up on these spares while you still can. Three of these are pre-WWII while the other three are post-1945.The easiest way to tell postwar versions is that they have a 17-groove 8.75-inch foregrip while prewar versions have a 5.75-inch 10-groove grip.Replacing both the Model 1890 and the 1906 in production when introduced in 1932, the new Model 62 was sold in a standard commercial and a ‘gallery’ version.Gallery guns typically were chambered for .22 short only, the breech unable to feed longer rounds.A triangular cartridge-shaped cutout in the top of the tube ensured the rounds were loaded facing the right direction, making them great gallery guns.