22 cal. "Rabbit"

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  1. chipspc

    chipspc New Member

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    Hello,
    I have a rifle that was was my father in-laws.
    I believe it was a youths rifle. Very short overall length.
    Single shot, bolt action.
    The only marking on it is "Rabbit" stamped on the barrel.
    Does anyone have any information on this rifle.Thanks
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  2. wonderwhippet

    wonderwhippet Active Member

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    As I never heard of a Rabbit rifle, I consulted the book "American Boys' Rifles, 1890-1945", which lists every .22 rifle made during that period, and your rifle is not listed. This leads me to believe your rifle was not American made. Maybe someone else has heard of it.
  3. RJay

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    Well, don't know, the only rabbit I know is the Bauer Rabbit. 1982-1984, a 22 over 410 with a tubular stock. Looks like a brother to the Garcia Bronco. If Bauer manufactured a bolt action , single shot 22 I'm not familiar with it. Are there any other markings at all? What kind of stock does it have? wood or what?More research shows Garcia and Bauer did make single shots but the barrel swung out to load.
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    BETH Well-Known Member

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    pictures
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    Any proof marks under the barrel when removed from stock?
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    Am I seeing that last picture correctly? Is that a LEFT HAND bolt action on the Rabbit?

    Best regards ~ ~ ~ FFF
  8. m-134

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    howdy, new to this forum but i did sign up to help you with thisone. naturaly not t many ofthese guns left canada but its a canadian made Cooey Rabbit. i have owned several of these and they are a nice rifle. Cooey didnt make these rifle for too long though.
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    alright newbie
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    >>>> No :)
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    Cooey rabbit is correct
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    the last Cooey Rabbit i had last year really liked the Remington yellowjacket ammo. with just ironsights i was pegging off a beer cap at about 13 yards, popcan at 30 yards every shot. i had one a few years ago with scope and same thing but longer distances. verry nice, simple, and affordable guns.
  13. RJay

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    m-134, Thnaks for posting, Cooey firearms are always a mystery, there is very litle information on them.
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    no problem. glad to help out. i have some cooey shotguns and .22 myself and i could hardly find anything on them aswell.
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    Google "Cooey Firearms" a lot of good info.........
  16. doubleslover

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    Your gun is a late 30's model rabbit variant which is just marked Rabbit .22 Cal.
    The original Cooey Rabbit was a small boy's rifle with a flat stock and no buttplate and it had a small flat bolt. They looked like a toy pop gun. They were made in the mid to late 20's for distribution in Western Canada for J.H. Ashdown. Below is a pic of my original rabbit with a smooth bore. They were marked Rabbit .22 Long Rifle. After Winchester took over in 1961, they machine stamped checkering and embossed a rabbit in the pistol grip, both on single shots and repeaters. People mistakenly call these Cooey Rabbits when they are really the model 39, 750 and 600 with the embossed rabbit.

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  17. ubu

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    I want one!
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    Something else new to me from the amazing world of firearms. I have heard of Cooey but other than that was totally ignorant of what they made.

    Thanks to the original poster and the "answer men"!!
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