Springlfield model 87A .22 LR

Discussion in '.22 Rifle/Rimfire Discussion' started by cam_ouflage94, Mar 3, 2013.

  1. cam_ouflage94

    cam_ouflage94 New Member

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    PLEASE HELP!!!! new to this forum so bare with me. Just recently purchased a Springfield model 87A LR it's tube fed semi auto. I bought the gun real cheap so it was kind of a no brainer. If anyone knows anything about the gun like history, mods, scopes or anything id appreciate it. Thanks
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  2. OldEagleEars

    OldEagleEars New Member

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    If you still are checking this thread, cam_ouflage94; I'm sorry I didn't see your question earlier. The 87A, in my opinion, is one of the under-appreciated jewels of the post-war firearms business. Of course I'm prejudiced, I learned to shoot with my Grandfather's Springfield back when I was a mere seven-years-old. I grew up with that gun on the family farm; plinking, busting old cans, popping crows and starlings so they wouldn't run off our songbirds, harvesting cottontails for variety from the fried chicken that made up many of our meals, and "sniperizing" ground hogs who ate our cash crops and feral dogs who came after our young livestock. I rarely shot anything but .22 shorts in it, the longs were too expensive for my budget and Long Rifles might have been made of platinum for all I say of them. I don't know what it's MOA might be (could be HOURS of angle for all I know!), but I got pretty good at hitting little-bitty stuff with little-bitty bullets through the Buckhorn sights of that 87A. Don't bother looking for a serial number on it; to the best of my knowledge they never had them for some reason. If you need parts or a parts list check with Numrich and there are dis-assembly videos on U-Tube. I know this because I still have my Grandfather's gun and am in the process of restoring it. The Springfield 87A may not flip the gun-snob's switches but for those of us who grew up putting lead downrange with one it's still a pretty dang good gun. I hope you are enjoying yours!
     

  3. Hawg

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    The 87A was made sometime in the 40's. There are no mods, no custom stocks, no nothing. If you want to scope it it will have to be drilled and tapped. One neat thing about it is you can push the bolt knob in and the bolt wont retract when you fire it so you can use it as a single shot or as a bolt action.
     
  4. c3shooter

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    Rifles and shotguns made prior tot he 1968 Gun Control Act were not required to have serial numbers. Most lower cost guns did not have them.
     
  5. VoxRomantic

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    My cousin left me a "30's" Stevens 87A...... Love that old gun!:cool:
     
  6. Hawg

    Hawg New Member

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    The 87 wasn't introduced until 38. The 87A came sometime in the 40's.
     
  7. OldEagleEars

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    Very true and that is also the only way to successfully shoot .22-short ammo in the 87A. If you don't lock the bolt it only partially extracts giving you the infamous "sideways-stovepipe". I've always been puzzled by the double extractors on this gun; the only reason I can figure out is that there were variances in the rim sizes that made having a hook on two sides of the bolt necessary. For a "budget" rifle the quality of the metal work on these things is amazing compared to some of the half-baked engineering and finish work on modern rimfires. The only one I've seen that comes close is my Henry lever-gun and that has polymer in a couple of places that surprised me (inner magazine-tube follower) though they don't seem to affect the operation.