CLASSIC HISTORIC ARMS OF 1953
I will now continue my yearly evaluation of Classic Firearms of the 50’s and 60’s. The golden age of these great firearms are the main focus of this website. We are also looking at the scopes and accessories of that era.
The Classic Historic Arms of 1953 would include some all time great firearms and cartridges in the Golden Age. The Classic Firearms of 1955 article that I wrote was about the greatest year (IMHO) of the 1950’s era. I will give my best year of the 1960’s in another article at a future date.
I will now continue with another 1950’s article. Classic Historic Arms of 1953 will be the next article for the 1950’s. Other years of the 1950’s will follow.The year of 1953 would not have as many new firearms introduce as in 1955. But those that arrived would defiantly impact the collectors market a half a century later.
The Ruger Firearms company, Harrington and Richardson Firearms company, and Hi-Standard Firearms company, would introduce new handguns in 1953. More on each of these firearms below.
Marlin Firearms would be just introducing the new version of the Marlin 39 in the “Mountie” model. The Sako Firearms company would introduce the Riihimaki model in the great 222 Remington cartridge. The Savage Firearms company would now offer the Model 340 in the 222 Remington, 218 Bee, and 22 hornet cartridges.
More on each of these firearms below.The Remington Firearms company would be offering additional variations to the popular 721 and 722 bolt action firearms. They would also add a new cartridge to the new Remington 760 “Gamemaster”. It would now have 4 cartridges available.
The Colt Firearms Company would update and improve a couple of their handguns in 1953.
SCOPE AND MOUNTS OF 1953
A new scope mount by the Leupold Scope Company would be introduced in 1953. It was called the 2-Pc Adjusto-mount. Both the windage and elevation were built into the mounts. Looks very similar to the modern mounts of today. The new style mounts have no elevation adjustments. Most of their scopes in 1953 would have no scope adjustments on the scope. By 1955 the scopes would have the windage and elevation built into the scope. The mount and scope could be adjusted for a perfect fit.
Advertised in 1953 was a unique scope called a Supra scope made in Germany. It was advertised as a vari-power scope in either 2 1/2 x 6 or 4 x 10 power scopes. The adjustments for the magnification were by the rear eye piece. Very similar to what you see on scopes today. Quit unique and ahead of its time.
Of all the firearms with scopes I handled over the years, I do not recall ever seeing one of these.Bushnell would introduce the new Bushnell Scopemaster scope line. 2 1/2x, 4x, and 6x power. Quaility and low price is what was advertised. No variable power scopes by bushnell in 1953.
Weaver Scope company would advertise a variable power scope in the 2 3/4x or 5x power in 1953. Baush & Lomb would offer a variable powered scope in a 2 1/2x or 4x.
Remington Classic Arms would far and away be the top innovator in 1953. They would not offer a new firearm to their lineup in 1953,but they would instead offer several upgrades and variations to their already popular firearms. The Remington 721 and 722 select grades were great rifles at good prices.
The model 760 Deluxe grade was a nice addition by Remington in 1953. The number one reason that Remington had such a great year in 1953, was something called a 222 Remington cartridge. This impressive cartridge would become an instant success that would also benefit the other firearms companies as well. The Classic Arms of 1953 would become good collectible firearms.
You could easily argue that Ruger would be the number 1 company with the release of the Ruger Single Six 22 LR Revolver in 1953. This revolver would become very popular over the years and help the Ruger Company become a major player in the firearms world. Great Classic Arms of 1953.
I would give Remington the number one spot because the Remington 222 cartridge would also benefit several other firearms companies in 1953. Savage Arms and Sako are a couple of companies that would benefit. Classic Historic Arms of 1953 would be a good year. Be sure and visit my History of Firearms 1955 and see what can happen in a couple of years in the Golden Age of Classic Firearms.