We opened Dad’s old gun safe for inspiration here, and talked to our shooting friends about the guns they grew up with. Of the countless models and varieties of historic, popular, elegant or otherwise classic rimfire rifles, it was a tough job narrowing the field down to those included here, which represent some of our favorites. Part of our selection criteria was looking at those classic rimfires that are still in production today so that when you find one in the above gallery that suits your interests, you’ll have a shot at buying it. That little requirement discounted plenty of amazing, classic rimfire rifles—as did our space limitations—so forgive us if your personal favorite is missing. So what makes a classic? More than just nostalgia. More than just engineering that has changed very little over time. Perhaps it’s a combination of both, and a little something more, called “character.”

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