The Winchester Model 74 was an American semi-automatic tube magazine-fed sporting rifle produced from 1938 to 1955 by the Winchester Repeating Arms Company. One of Winchester's semi-automatic sporting rifles, the Model 74 was marketed as a lower-cost .22 caliber repeater.
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The rifle was introduced in 1938 as a low-priced repeating sporting rifle alongside the Model 63 which had been sold for a number of years now. The Model 74 enjoyed moderate success and was quite popular, with some 406,574 produced by the time it was discontinued in 1955. Some amount of Model 74s would be purchased by the British Auxiliary Units during World War II. The weapon would be succeeded by the Winchester Model 141 in later years.