Out of the Box: Weatherby Mark XXII
A Weatherby rimfire rifle is available again for the first time in nearly 20 years. For some 25 years, from 1964 to 1989, Weatherby offered a semiauto .22 rifle called the Mark XXII.
I first read of this rifle in Jack O’Connor’s column in the April 1964 issue of Outdoor Life (I had to dig through my files to confirm the date). It had the distinctive “Weatherby” stock style with prominent Monte Carlo, cheekpiece, skip-line checkering and high-gloss finish.
I was already a confirmed Weatherby fan at the time, even though I had never seen one except in pictures. I was 14, penniless, and though I was enthralled by Weatherby ads and articles I couldn’t imagine ever owning one.
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