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What is a Winchester rifle model 100?

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The Winchester Model 100 is a semi-automatic rifle that uses a detachable box magazine. It was in production from 1961 to 1973 in calibers of .308, .284 and .243.

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The Winchester Model 100 is distinctive among semi-automatics, as it has a one-piece stock in the manner of a bolt rifle. The design is similar to Winchester's Model 88 lever-action rifle, which was in production at the same time.

The Model 100 was initially only sold in .243 and .308 calibers, but a limited production of .284 calibers was later added. Some identification information can quickly be gained by looking at the stock. Rifles produced prior to 1964 have a cut checkered pattern, while the pattern after 1964 is more reminiscent of a basket weave. The .284 calibers have no pattern whatsoever. In all cases, the rifle weighs 7.5 pounds, and the barrel is 22 inches long.

A recall on all Model 100 rifles was issued by Winchester in 1990 due to a faulty firing pin. At the time, Winchester offered to take back the rifles for free repairs through its dealers or to send a replacement firing pin along with a gift card to cover the cost of installation when the faulty pin was returned along with a valid serial number.

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