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Old 11-20-2020, 05:22 PM
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Saw a Winchester 72A Target for sale on another site and was wondering about it. I've never heard of such an animal and wondered how one would identify this critter if I was to come upon one somewhere like , perhaps, a gunshow or LGS? Or is this one of those Unicorns I keep hearing about?

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Old 11-20-2020, 05:56 PM
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I believe people see a rear peep sight and immediately call that rifle a 'Target' as far as I know there's no 72A Target I'll wait for the experts though.
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Old 11-20-2020, 06:05 PM
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I believe people see a rear peep sight and immediately call that rifle a 'Target' as far as I know there's no 72A Target I'll wait for the experts though.
Don't let Flys fool you, he is an expert, modest and exactly correct. There was not a rifle designated as a 72 "Target" by Winchester. There was the standard open sight G7202R and the 80A peep sighted G7201R which many people erroneously call a "Target" model.

This differs from the Model 69A in that there were several versions of similar looking Model 69 rifles such as the 80A peep sighted G6901R and the G6940R Target with the 80B sight. There was no such additional model designated as the "72 Target".

I have seen G7201R peep sight equipped Model 72s with special order sling swivels and even some with special order checkering which makes them more "deluxe" but that is another term that Winchester never used with the Model 69 or 72.

Hope that helps.

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Old 11-20-2020, 07:29 PM
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This is pretty much what I suspected. The rifle in question is for sale on another site for the princely sum of $850, which I thought was a bit rich for a 72, even in very good condition. I've seen a lot of 72A's at gunshows and never seen one called a Target model.... or even heard of one mentioned as such...

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Old 11-20-2020, 08:45 PM
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Hah! I was sure the expert would show! Thanks JWA!
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Old 11-21-2020, 07:11 AM
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While the 72 with peeps isn't uncommon, I've had a difficult time finding a 72A with peeps and a grooved receiver. I certainly wouldn't pay anywhere near the asking price that Bob mentioned, but I would be willing to pay a bit more than average for a nice, unmolested 72A with peeps and grooves.
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While the 72 with peeps isn't uncommon, I've had a difficult time finding a 72A with peeps and a grooved receiver. I certainly wouldn't pay anywhere near the asking price that Bob mentioned, but I would be willing to pay a bit more than average for a nice, unmolested 72A with peeps and grooves.
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Yes "collectors" I know the stock has been refinished but the metal is original, with the peeps and a grooved receiver I could care less....sweet shooter.
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Old 11-21-2020, 09:58 PM
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I have the peep sighted 72 blue and the 72A chrome but not an all blue 72A grooved.

Another on my list of rifles to watch for.
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