1st Year Winchester Model 9422M 9422-M .22 WMR Magnum Lever Rifle, 1972 C&R

SOLD FOR: $805

WOA#: WY240226SP097

Make: Winchester

Model: 9422M

Serial Number: F32075

Year of Manufacture: 1972, 1st Year Production

Caliber: .22 Winchester Magnum (WMR)

Action Type: Lever Action, Tube Magazine Fed Rifle

Markings: The left of the barrel is marked “WINCHESTER MODEL 9422M .22 WIN. MAGNUM / MADE IN NEW HAVEN, CONN. U.S.A. – WINCHESTER PROOF STEEL”. The top-rear of the barrel and the top-front of the receiver each have a “WP” proof in oval. The underside of the receiver and trigger frame are marked with matching serial number “F32075”.

Barrel Length: 20” with full length magazine tube.

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a beaded blade dovetailed to a serrated, ramped base fixed to the front of the barrel. The base is grooved for a hood which is not present. The rear sight is a “U” notched elevator sight dovetailed onto the barrel; the notch is fine-adjustable for elevation. The receiver is grooved for mounting optics or receiver sights (none included).

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece smooth walnut with banded forend, straight grip, straight comb and checkered black hard rubber buttplate. The stocks have scattered light nicks, scuffs and scratches. There are more notable dings at the heel. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 3/4″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has light wear and discoloration with well defined checkering and lettering. Overall, the stocks are in about Very Good condition.

Type of Finish: Blue

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright and the rifling is sharp. There is some light erosion at the muzzle-end. In this writer’s opinion, the bore rates about 8 out of 10.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 90% of its metal finish. Most of the balance is in scattered spots of light surface oxidation. There are a few spots of more notable erosion in the top of the receiver and the top tang. There are a few nicks and scratches. The action shows light operational wear. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in Very Good condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this rifle. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.

Our Assessment: This is a Winchester 9422M, based, of course, on the company’s tried and true Model 94 Lever Action carbine. The standard 9422 was chambered for the .22 LR and shorter rimfire cartridges, but the 9422M is chambered for the more powerful .22 Magnum. This cartridge has more power, being suitable for larger varmints like coyote and can shoot further than the smaller rimfire cartridges. The action has to be felt to understand, with a flick of the wrist, you’ve already got another round chambered. This example was made in 1972, the first year of production. The rifle shows some light wear and oxidation, but retains a good bore and strong mechanics. This would be a great rifle for taking care of all kinds of varmint as well as being a neat piece to add to a Winchester collection. Please see our pictures and good luck!

Please forgive any typos, I was educated in California. -Bud

1st Year Winchester Model 9422M 9422-M .22 WMR Magnum Lever Rifle, 1972 C&R
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