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Savage Click Clack
« on: March 02, 2019, 01:21:44 PM »
One of the more odd designs of rimfire rifles, these are also known as "Gill guns". Made by Savage and sold under other names like J.C. Higgins, Springfield and Ranger. These are older, actual Savage branded models, the walnut stocked 6A model is possibly pre war, the 6D Deluxe is from the mid '50's. There are a lot of variations.





Why are they called "Gill guns'? because they have these "gill" looking slots cut in the receiver.



The bolt knob is dual function. It can hold the bolt open, cock it and it can also lock the bolt forward for single shot action, like a regular bolt action rifle.



Two different locations, Utica, NY was Savages first factory opened in 1894, they bought Stevens in 1920, becoming Savage-Stevens, the Stevens location is noted on the second later rifle,  Chicopee Falls, MA. There is a third location that can be found, it's used after 1960, from Westfield, Mass.



Little misleading..as they are semiauto, using lower power .22shorts or .22l is the reason for locking the bolt shut, then manually work the bolt to cycle.



As for how they get the "Click Clack" name... Because, they actually click and clack when fired slowly... watch and see. :)

« Last Edit: March 02, 2019, 01:30:38 PM by Greasemonkey »
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Re: Savage Click Clack
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2019, 03:41:58 PM »
That clicking is amusing.. I think I'd waste too much ammo with one of those just to keep hearing the sound. Lol. Nice  thumb1

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Re: Savage Click Clack
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2019, 04:19:07 PM »
I tried one, just a few rounds.. It is weird....pow...click, clack. It releases the bolt when you let off the trigger.
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Re: Savage Click Clack
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2019, 04:27:32 PM »
I tried one, just a few rounds.. It is weird....pow...click, clack. It releases the bolt when you let off the trigger.

Way too amusing. I love it

Made by Savage and sold under other names like J.C. Higgins, Springfield and Ranger.

A little irrelevant, but any idea if Savage sold .22s under the bame "Hiawatha?" My dad has one and I never heard the name until I saw his .22. Think I spelled it right..

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Re: Savage Click Clack
« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2019, 04:44:22 PM »
There was a Savage 587 with the name Hiawatha.. a 20 inch barrel semiauto
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Re: Savage Click Clack
« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2019, 04:54:05 PM »
neat, enjoyed the vid too.  thumb1
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Re: Savage Click Clack
« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2019, 05:00:12 PM »
Interesting, never run across one of these before. Definitely a unique action. Good for teaching fundamentals of following through on your trigger pull  :)

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Re: Savage Click Clack
« Reply #7 on: March 02, 2019, 05:39:02 PM »
There was a Savage 587 with the name Hiawatha.. a 20 inch barrel semiauto

Gotcha.. Thanks. Must be a Savage then

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Re: Savage Click Clack
« Reply #8 on: March 02, 2019, 08:15:00 PM »
Interesting, never run across one of these before. Definitely a unique action. Good for teaching fundamentals of following through on your trigger pull  :)


See... you didn't know you needed one..but, you do  thumb1

It's hard to shoot while laughing..... with this going through your head..

Whazat clickin noise?  rofl2   chuckles1

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Re: Savage Click Clack
« Reply #9 on: March 02, 2019, 11:29:11 PM »
Back in the pre-internet days, I was given one of those with a broken stock.
Ultimately passed it on because I could not find a replacement.

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Re: Savage Click Clack
« Reply #10 on: March 03, 2019, 10:15:57 AM »
What an interesting action that has...if I had one, I probably would set up a video camera too just to watch it working. It kind of reminds me of putting the quarters into the pool table, pushing them in, and nothing happening until you pull the coin drawer back out.

It makes me wonder if this had any influence on Savage's design for the 22 Mag's delayed blowback system...I cannot detect it on mine, but it is integral to cycling them. This one it's kind of hard to tell as well, since the trigger seems to also serve as a temporary BHO. 

Nice to see some info on early Savage stampings too...my mom has (had?) a nifty 22 short/22lr Savage, that I didn't find much info like that doing a cursory search about it years ago. I hope she still has it so I can compare.
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Re: Savage Click Clack
« Reply #11 on: March 04, 2019, 02:54:46 AM »
What an interesting action that has...if I had one, I probably would set up a video camera too just to watch it working. It kind of reminds me of putting the quarters into the pool table, pushing them in, and nothing happening until you pull the coin drawer back out.

It makes me wonder if this had any influence on Savage's design for the 22 Mag's delayed blowback system...I cannot detect it on mine, but it is integral to cycling them. This one it's kind of hard to tell as well, since the trigger seems to also serve as a temporary BHO. 

Nice to see some info on early Savage stampings too...my mom has (had?) a nifty 22 short/22lr Savage, that I didn't find much info like that doing a cursory search about it years ago. I hope she still has it so I can compare.

I cant say on the Savage .22wmr... only semiauto .22wmr rifles I have, are the Marlin 922m and Cz 512.....I would like to try the .17hmr version in semiauto, my 2 .17hmr bolt actions are very accurate and fun.


What I ran across about stampings in my searching is: Utica, NY dates it to 1946 or before, Chicopee Falls is 1938-1960, Westfield, Mass is 1960 and later... They were talking about this model, but it could be across the board on all of their rimfires.
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Re: Savage Click Clack
« Reply #12 on: March 11, 2019, 11:04:17 AM »
What an interesting action that has...if I had one, I probably would set up a video camera too just to watch it working. It kind of reminds me of putting the quarters into the pool table, pushing them in, and nothing happening until you pull the coin drawer back out.

It makes me wonder if this had any influence on Savage's design for the 22 Mag's delayed blowback system...I cannot detect it on mine, but it is integral to cycling them. This one it's kind of hard to tell as well, since the trigger seems to also serve as a temporary BHO. 

Nice to see some info on early Savage stampings too...my mom has (had?) a nifty 22 short/22lr Savage, that I didn't find much info like that doing a cursory search about it years ago. I hope she still has it so I can compare.

I cant say on the Savage .22wmr... only semiauto .22wmr rifles I have, are the Marlin 922m and Cz 512.....I would like to try the .17hmr version in semiauto, my 2 .17hmr bolt actions are very accurate and fun.


What I ran across about stampings in my searching is: Utica, NY dates it to 1946 or before, Chicopee Falls is 1938-1960, Westfield, Mass is 1960 and later... They were talking about this model, but it could be across the board on all of their rimfires.

I would like to get the Savage 17hmr too, if only they didn't look identical to the 22wmr....well, technically vise versa, since the 17 came out first. I have been intrigued by that round since finding a fistful of them in the woods...terribly wicked looking little cute buggers.  The 22wmr BTW did end up firing just fine after a cleaning I suspect hadn't happened with the PO...probably just a couple of boxes of ammo and the factory grease.  ::)  I look forward to trying the ammo designed for it....

I am about 99% sure it was a Utica my mom has...it was extremely broken in so to speak. I seem to recall it being prewar, but vague as to exactly just how much.  My only experience with it was replacing the buttplate a few years back...which after extensive hunting, I located...only to find that at some point the toe of the stock had been reduced, so it hangs over. banghead1 Likely the reason the original plate was damaged.  It's certainly a wall hanger anyway...the bore is so smooth, frangibles likely would be the best ammo...since it might as well be a shotgun. It fires fine, if you can find minute of pizza box at 20 yards acceptable...and have the appetite for large pizzas....it might work great on large gatherings of gophers. rofl
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Re: Savage Click Clack
« Reply #13 on: March 29, 2019, 11:32:02 PM »
Thanks very much for posting this. I've never seen one of these in person, but I feel like I have to find one to play with for a bit. What a fascinating action!

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Re: Savage Click Clack
« Reply #14 on: April 27, 2019, 08:49:26 PM »
It might take some breaking in, but apparently it's not too uncommon for these to go full on. The Herters G1 I have is the same gun with just one lightening cut, and it's done it with me a few times it usually jams pretty quick when it happens. It's a sweet spot in the trigger as near as I can tell. First time it tore off about ten rounds and I was all wow how did I do that ? I've seen a few others post theirs did it too.
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Re: Savage Click Clack
« Reply #15 on: April 28, 2019, 09:15:25 AM »
I picked up a variant of these years ago that had major mechanical issues.  I don't have it anymore, but I got it going well after learning how it operates.  From what I understand, folks use to make these FA pretty easily and I can see how...  which is highly illegal so don't do it! 
      
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