Stevens Model 66B
.22 Short, Long or Long Rifle
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This is a rifle I'd rather not be selling. Here's the story:
A few weeks ago, I got a call from a fellow asking if I bought .22 rifles. I assured him that I did. He said he'd be in with one the next day at 10 a.m.
At exactly 10 a.m. the next morning, an elderly gentleman walked in carrying this rifle. He identified himself as the person who'd called the day before and handed me the firearm. I looked it over and began to explain that Stevens made wonderfully strong but not very fancy firearms when he interupted me. "I got that gun brand new for my eighth birthday in 1933," he said. I replied that, in that case, I didn't want to buy the gun; that he should give it to his child or grandchild. "Don't you have any kids?" I asked.
"Only one daughter, and she doesn't like guns...won't have them in the house."
"My daughter won't let him have it." And he then proceeded to tell me the story of how as a child during the Great Depression, he'd lived on a farm in the midwest and how his mother and father saved for the rifle, then hid the new gun behind the brooms in the kitchen cupboard (figuring that's the last place an eight-year-old would look, I guess) until his birthday. And he continued with stories of rabbit hunts through snow-covered fields as boy and of keeping the gun as a teenager, through the war years, as an adult, then into retirement and until now.
I reiterated that I really didn't want to buy the rifle, that it was an heirloom and deserved to be handed down.
"My wife died three months ago. My daughter won't have it. And where I'm going, I can't take it. If you don't buy it, I'll cut it up with a hacksaw myself rather than hand it over to the police and let them destroy it.
Well, he never did say where it was he was going and I didn't ask. I'm not sure that I want to know. And I really would have prefered not to buy the rifle. But I did, and here it is.
It's a Stevens Model 66B "Buckhorn Rifle". The model was produced in the 1920s and 30s and is a basic, utilitarian .22 repeater with a tube magazine. It hasn't been abused, but the bluing is turning to a lovely patina and there a couple of spots of very light pitting...nothing serious, but a couple of small spots (see pictures).
So there you have it - a basic, utilitarian, one-owner rifle that deserves to be an heirloom and that I'd rather not be selling. Maybe you can give it a good home and a continued history.
This is a qualifies as a C&R and can be shipped directly to the holder of a C&R license.
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A word about
CONDITION: Candidly, I don’t much like the NRA
Condition Standards. Perhaps I just don’t understand them properly (Is a gun
with 20% of the bluing gone what you’d normally called “Excellent”?
What condition do you label a gun that has cracked and warped wood but 100%
metal? If I list an otherwise "Factory New" firearm that is missing the
original magazine and I replace it with an aftermarket magazine, does this
really justify dropping the gun five full grades from "Factory New"
I understand that this is the rating system used by Auction Arms, but I
generally try to avoid it altogether. Consequently, I urge you to please judge
each of my
listed firearms, not by the NRA condition standard, but by the pictures
and the accompanying text description. If you’d like more pictures or have
more detailed questions about the condition, please don’t hesitate to email
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