I inherited a 1941 (?) Winchester 52 Sporter .22 from my father . A fabulous rifle with a jewel-like firing mechanism that he only let me use after I demonstrated some skill on a far cheaper Mossburg he bought me at the genuine Abercrombie & Fitch in, I think, 1963. My own kids learned to shoot with the Winchester and I’ve always intended to leave it to the most deserving of them (so start demonstrating your worthiness, boy and girls) but, what with moving around since 1996 or so, the rifle was sadly neglected and it needs at least a good cleaning.
It came with a scope (The Commander insisted I learn with Lyman iron sights but did give me the scope as well) and I noticed that it was made by Griffin & Howe. Googling them with the idea of perhaps buying a modern replacement for that ancient scope (rifles have not improved since this one was made ; scopes have), I discovered that not only is the firm still in business, it has a retail gun store right here in Greenwich at 340 West Putnam Avenue, next to the old Captain Mud Duck’s and, fittingly, given the price of their inventory, adjoining the Maserati dealership.
So off I went, and ended up leaving it to be restored and perhaps (quote depending) having a new scope installed. But what a store – picture the danger of a Home Depot, with price tags ten-times greater. A paid companion/guardian is recommended for any visit here. One rifle that had me drooling was a Griffin & Howe, Krag “improved Zipper .22”, custom made by Seymour Griffin himself for his son-in-law. It’s damn heavy: 10 plus pounds, compared to the Sporter’s 7, but that’s a good weight to get used to if you’re learning to shoot big bore guns without the expense of big bore cartridges. And the rifle is an absolute, gorgeous beauty. Anyone (Cobra?) know what an improved Zipper .22 is? Can it shoot a .22 Long Rifle cartridge? And does anyone care to donate the $8,100 price tag? Oh well – great store to visit.