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Old 09-25-2012, 05:50 AM   #11
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I traded off a fairly good Winchester 61 (hidden hammer) so I could get a S&W 15-22 (hey! no hating!). It was a smooth and pleasant little gun and shot like a champ but the opportunity arose and...you know the rest. I always thought that the shooting galleries used Daisy or H&R pump guns that were way cheaper to buy and maintain. Those Winchesters weren't inexpensive even "in the day" and no self-respecting carney would spend more than the minimum possible for stuff for his booth (the mechanical gallery was a bundle even then). I know that the front sight of many of the guns were tweaked a little to raise the odds in the house's favor (my Grandfather tipped me to that at the Missouri State Fair in 1954, showed me how the beaded rib was just slightly to the left of center), but they always had a couple of "square-shooters" for demonstrations and overly-suspicious "rubes". Be glad the 62 you found is in good shape but have the sights inspected just to be sure.

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Old 09-25-2012, 01:52 PM   #12
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"I always thought that the shooting galleries used Daisy or H&R pump guns that were way cheaper to buy and maintain. Those Winchesters weren't inexpensive even "in the day" and no self-respecting carney would spend more than the minimum possible for stuff for his booth"

Daisy and H&R never made pump 22's. Professionals all know it is cheaper in the long run to buy the best tools.

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Daisy and H&R never made pump 22's. Professionals all know it is cheaper in the long run to buy the best tools.
H&R made the model 422 pump from 1956-58...IIRC, it had a few quirks which killed it...

I know...I could win a trivia game with all the oddball rifles I remember...lol
Good to be OLD!! HAH!!

Daisy didn't make a pump .22 rimfire, but many air rifles were used at fairs/carny's...which were the Other Kind of Pump...
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