During the Winchester Model 9422’s 33-year production run—from 1972 through 2005—the well-built and extremely accurate .22 rimfire lever-action embodied our ongoing admiration for the American West and filled the need for an economical look-alike of its big-bore Model 94 counterpart.
There was also a 9422M version that held 11 rounds of .22 WMR.
Serial number 1 of Winchester’s 9422 was given to long-time Winchester employee Bill Kelley upon his retirement in 1972, and by 1991 more than 600,000 guns had been produced.
The rifle sported a forged receiver and straight-grip walnut stock, a 20½-inch barrel, a semi-buckhorn rear sight and a bead-and-post front sight, and it weighed 6 pounds—a half-pound lighter than the Model 94.
The history of the Model 39 began in the late 19th Century, with a patent held by Lewis Lobdell Hepburn (b. His design was for a .22 caliber lever action rifle.
The breech was locked and unlocked by the lever itself which was keyed to the breechblock.