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1085
$11,500.00

RARE 1ST TYPE WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 3078. Cal. 38-55. Standard grade rifle with 26″ oct bbl, full magazine, ivory bead combination front sight, semi-buckhorn rear sight & Lyman tang sight. Receiver is 1st type with exposed cartridge guide screw heads on the outside. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate. In the recent past, this cataloger read the draft of an article written by the late Tommy Rholes and Jeb Klitzke regarding the production of these early 1894 rifles. Their research disclosed that they were produced in very limited numbers only in 1894 & 1895. Accompanied by a copy of the shipping record for this SN which indicates that it was received in the warehouse Aug. 13, 1895 and shipped Aug. 28, 1895. It identifies this rifle, as found. According to the records custodian at the Cody Firearms Museum this rifle was serialized on Feb. 22, 1895. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 95-96% strong orig blue with sharp edge wear and some minor surface etching on magazine tube; receiver retains 90-92% strong orig blue with light thinning & dulling over top & bottom and sharp edge wear with candy striping down both sides; lever & hammer retain strong case colors turned dark on outer faces of lever; buttplate has turned silver. Wood is sound with a few very minor handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains most of an old restored finish. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore lightly frosted in the grooves. 4-44394 JR24 (5,000-8,000)


Auction: Firearms - Fall 2012
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