Lot 1049: Winchester - 1894
|Rare Documented Special Order Antique Winchester Lever Action Short Rifle with Pistol Grip Stock, Matte Half Octagon Barrel and Factory Letter|
|Estimated Price: $3,000 - $5,000|
|Type||Rifle||Gauge||30 WCF||Catalog Page||34|
|Barrel||20 Inch Half Octagon||Finish||Blue||Grip|
|Description||Manufactured in 1895, this special order carbine has the rare combination of half octagon barrel matted along the top and a checkered walnut forearm and pistol grip stock with a Winchester hard rubber grip cap. It is estimated that only 1 of approximately every 725 Model 1894s had a pistol grip stock. (see Madis' "The Winchester Book" page 424). The upper left barrel flat is marked with the two line address ahead of the rear sight, the nickel steel/smokeless powder marking next to the rear sight and "30 W.C.F." at the breech. The upper tang is marked "MODEL 1894/-WINCHESTER-/PAT. AUG. 21, 1894" and the serial number is marked on the bottom of the receiver. Marble's blade front and folding leaf rear sights, all blue finish, 1/2 magazine tube and the stock is fitted with a checkered Winchester hard rubber shotgun buttplate and factory sling eyes. The accompanying factory letter verifies the rifle configuration, 30 caliber, 20 inch 1/2 octagon barrel, matted barrel, plain trigger checkered pistol grip stock, 1/2 magazine, shotgun butt, sling and swivel, gives the length of pull and stock dimensions, that it was received and shipped out of the warehouse on May 21, 1898, order number 8476.
|Condition||Good as refinished some time ago with half of the gunsmith applied blue finish remaining showing some thinning, edge wear and areas of smooth gray patina. There are a few minor scratches on the receiver. The wood is very good with a few minor dings, scratches and handling marks. The checkering is crisp overall. The markings are clear. The action is excellent. A solid example of a rare Model 1894 short rifle with lots of documented special order features|
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