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EXTREMELY RARE VERY FIRST WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN 46. Cal. 38-55. Standard carbine with 20″ bbl, full magazine, German silver front sight, carbine ladder rear sight and a staple & ring in left side of receiver. Note that this is a staple & ring like is usually found on 1873 & 1892 carbines, not the stud & ring which became standard on later 1894 carbines. Receiver is the rare 1st type with cartridge guide screw heads exposed on outside of receiver. Mounted with uncheckered, nicely figured, slab sawed American walnut with straight stock & carbine buttplate. 1st type receivers are in and of themselves very rare, having been produced only during the years 1894 & 1895 intermixed with Type 2 receivers. Carbines in this configuration are extraordinarily rare. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this carbine, as found, received in warehouse March 26, 1895 and shipped Sept. 24, 1895 to Order #21459. Although this letter shows shipment in 1895 the receiver was manufactured early in production in 1894. Also accompanied by a copy of p. 3 of a survey of the Model 1894 records in the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody Firearms Museum records repository which reflects that this carbine was the first Model 1894 carbine produced and also the first carbine in caliber 38-55. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 97-98% orig blue with a couple of spots of light surface rust; bbl bands retain most of their orig blue with light high point wear; receiver retains about 95-96% strong orig blue, thinned on bottom edges, with a halo from the saddle ring; lever & hammer retain strong case colors turned silver on outer faces of lever. Wood is sound with a few light nicks & scratches and retains about all of its orig oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-44404 JR43 (25,000-40,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2012
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