Hamilton Rifle web page updated Feb. 07
The Model 55 is the rarest of the Hamilton Rifles and is basically the Model 51 except for a larger bolt handle and longer cocking knob. It was Manufacture in late 1941, just into 1942 and I personally know of only one.
The top frame Marking read: Hamilton Rifle No. 55 .22 cal. S. -L. & L.R. Mfd. by C.J. Hamilton & Sons, Plymouth, Mich., U.S.A.
Markings on top of the frame: Hamilton Rifle No.55 .22 cal. S – L & L. R. Mfd. by C.J. Hamilton & Son. Plymouth, Mich. U.S.A.
Mechanism Type: Bolt Action
Caliber: .22 short, long, long rifle
Weight: 3 1/2 lbs.
Barrel: 20” steel, 6 grooves, 1 turn in 20”, r. h. twist
Sights: Bead front, open adjustable rear
Mfd. Date: Late 1941 early 1942
Number Mfd.: Personally know of only one.
"NO"Rifle Parts or Drawings:
Rifle Value Updated 2/23/07:
Poor $150/ Fair $245/ Good $400/ Very Good $455/ Fine $535/ Excellent $675/ Factory New $950
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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