YesYou won't see them very often, gotta strike when they show up.I actually really like my 140's and looked for a 147 to complement it.So I know from experience that they are not easy to find.
Interesting, I have one of these coming I won on an auction, spoon cocker, but I cant see if it is a 177 or 22. I will definitely let you all know via this thread when it arrives!
AirJunkie62Crosman's manufacturing dates posted on the internet is riddled with errors.The manual cockers are generally thought of as 1954 only. So its length of manufacture is about a year or so, give or take a few months.Crosman price list from Feb 1st 1954 show only the 140. Crosman was switching to steel barrels at that time after moving to Fairport.All Crosmans .177 had been using bronze barrels at this time, thus delaying the introduction of the steel barreled .177 model 147. Once at Fairport, all bronze barrels were being discontinued. The steel barreled .177 model 147 was listed in the July 1st 1954 price list which was a 5 months delay, so the late introduction of the .177 version limited manual cocker .177 production to about six months before the self cockers were introduced in 1955. As a general rule, .177 versions make up 10% of production during a full year. Since the manual Cocker .177 was produced for 6 months or less, it was probably 4-5% of production. In other words this version is very rare. Another thing to look for: the earliest 1954's had a steel thumbscrew stock attachment. Sometime later in 1954 they switched to an aluminum thumbscrew. I have 4 manual cockers, two with steel, and two with aluminum thumbscrews. Also the 1954-55 140 series used the 2 piece welded trigger guard shared with the bulkfill Rifles. The Bulkfills were discontinued soon after the intro of the 160 in 1955 and the trigger guard on the 140 is switched to the one piece designed used on the 160 sometime in late 1955. By 1956 all 140 series used the one piece trigger guard A Mid year 1954 flyer lists both 140 and 147The 1955 flyer lists the new self cocking feature on the 140series
I think that is a very nice rifle at a VERY good price. Congratulations !