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Original U.S. Antique Winchester Model 1894 Rifle in .30-30 W.C.F. made in 1895 - Serial 37575

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a great find! A SECOND YEAR OF PRODUCTION Winchester model 1894, Serial number 37575 in Winchester .30-30 Caliber. This rifle is one of the most popular lever action repeaters ever marketed, and is popular to this day as a sporting and hunting rifle. This example features a rear "flip up" rear sight, though it is currently stuck, and partly broken off, with a standard blade front sight. It features a full-length magazine tube, and a 20 inch barrel, which is marked:

--- MANUFACTURED BY THE ---
----- WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A. -----

By the chamber, the barrel is also marked 30 W.C.F.. The 1894 was originally chambered to fire 2 metallic black powder cartridges, the .32-40 Winchester and .38-55 Winchester. In 1895 Winchester went to a different steel composition for rifle manufacturing that could handle higher pressure rounds and offered the rifle in .25-35 Winchester and .30-30 Winchester. The .30-30 Winchester, or .30WCF (Winchester Centerfire), is the cartridge that has become synonymous with the Model 1894. As this rifle was made in 1895, it was one of the first examples to feature this new caliber.

The rear receiver tang is also marked with the model and patent information:

MODEL 1894
- WINCHESTER -
PAT. AUG. 21. 1894

The Stocks are in good condition, with the expected wear and dents from age and use. There does not appear to be any real structural issues. The rifle is offered with a crisp tight action in fully functional condition. Metal work is good, with a lot of the original blued finish present, and just a bit of light pitting on the receiver. There does appear to be welded repair where the receiver tang meets the receiver, but it is definitely solid. The bore shows lands and grooves, but is also worn.

SECOND YEAR OF PRODUCTION. (1895) and rated Federally as an ANTIQUE. Ready to Display in any Collection!

Specifications-

Year of Manufacture: 1895
Caliber: .30-30 Winchester
Cartridge Type: Centerfire Cartridge
Barrel Length: 20 Inches
Overall Length: 37 1/2 Inches
Action type: Lever Action Repeater
Feed System: 7 round Magazine Tube

An interesting bit of film trivia: Winchester 30-30 rifles are widely available, and often used to provide gunshot sound effects for movies, as described by Ben Burtt, Sound Designer for many legendary LUCASFILM movies.

The Winchester Model 1894 rifle (also known as the Winchester 94 or Model 94) is a lever-action repeating rifle that became one of the most famous and popular hunting rifles of all time. It was designed by John Browning in 1894 and originally chambered to fire two metallic black powder cartridges, the .32-40 Winchester and .38-55 Winchester. It was the first rifle to chamber the smokeless powder round, the .30 WCF (Winchester Center Fire, in time becoming known as the .30-30) in 1895.

The 1894 was produced by the Winchester Repeating Arms Company through 1980 and then by U.S. Repeating Arms under the Winchester brand until they ceased manufacturing rifles in 2006. Reproductions are being made by the Miroku company of Japan and imported into the United States by the Browning Arms company of Morgan, Utah.

The Model 1894 has been referred to as the "ultimate lever-action design" by firearms historians such as R. L. Wilson and Hal Herring. The Model 1894 is the rifle credited with the name "Winchester" being used to refer to all rifles of this type and was the first commercial sporting rifle to sell over 7,000,000 units.

One Model 1894 is on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the Arms & Armor department.

NOTE: This gun is NOT considered obsolete calibre, so we are not able to ship to the United Kingdom. Please note that for international shipping, these MUST be shipped using UPS WW Services. International customers should always consult their country's antique gun laws prior to ordering.

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