Hamilton Rifle web page updated Feb. 07
The Model 51 is a conventional bolt action type. The barrel is solid steel and is threaded into the frame. A cocking knob is on the rear bolt and must be manually set. The bolt can be removed by holding the trigger down and pulling the bolt to the rear removing it from the frame.
Two stock styles can be found on this model. A flat board type walnut stained birch, or an oval shaped walnut stock.
The Model 51 is the first Hamilton rifle made to shoot a long rifle cartridge.
Markings on top of the frame: Hamilton Rifle No.51 .22 cal. S – L & L. R. Mfd. by C.J. Hamilton & Son. Plymouth, Mich.U.S.A.
Mechanism Type: Bolt Action
Caliber: .22 short and long
Weight: 3:1/2 lbs.
Barrel length: 20”
Mfd. Date’s: 1935-1941
App. Mfd. N/A
"NO"Rifle Parts or Drawings:
Rifle Value Updated 2/23/07:
Poor $75 / Fair $120/ Good $175/ Very Good $210/ Fine $265/ Excellent $370/ Factory New $495
Note: Rifle values are Estimations based on dealers and collectors input and NRA Antique Condition Standards.
NRA ANTIQUE CONDITION DESCRIPTIONS:
Factory New - all original parts; 100% original finish; in perfect condition in every respect, inside and out.
Excellent - all original parts; over 80% original finish; sharp lettering, numerals and design on metal and wood; unmarred wood; fine bore.
Fine - all original parts; over 30% original finish; sharp lettering, numerals and design on metal and wood; minor marks in wood; good bore.
Very Good - all original parts; none to 30% original finish; original metal surfaces smooth with all edges sharp; clear lettering, numerals and design on metal; wood slightly scratched or bruised; bore disregarded for collectors firearms.
Good - some minor replacement parts; metal smoothly rusted or lightly pitted in places, cleaned or reblued; principal lettering, numerals and design on metal legible; wood refinished, scratched, bruised or minor cracks repaired; in good working order.
Fair - some major parts replaced; minor replacement parts may be required; metal rusted, may be lightly pitted all over, vigorously cleaned or reblued; rounded edges of metal and wood; principal lettering, numerals and design on metal partly obliterated; wood scratched, bruised, cracked or repaired where broken; in fair working order or can be easily repaired and placed in working order.
Poor - major and minor parts replaced; major replacement parts required and extensive restoration needed; metal deeply pitted; principal lettering, numerals and design obliterated, wood badly scratched, bruised, cracked or broken; mechanically inoperative, generally undesirable as a collector’s firearm.
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