As "the ultimate lever gun" for over a century, the Winchester Model 1894 rifle holds a special place in the hearts of collectors. These "working guns" were not often ordered with special, extra cost features, making semi-deluxe takedown variations highly sought after by collectors, especially those in high condition like this example which was manufactured in 1902. The rifle is in takedown configuration and is fitted with a half octagon barrel and half magazine. The barrel has a dovetail blade front sight, a three leaf rear sight (one fixed, two folding), the two-line address on the top flat ahead of the rear sight, "30 WCF" marked on the breech, and the two-line nickel steel marking on the upper left flat. The upper tang has the three-line model/patent marking. The forearm and pistol grip stock are checkered. The buttstock is fitted with a hard rubber Winchester grip cap and a steel shotgun buttplate. The left side of the lower tang is marked "13631 S." The assembly number is repeated on the butt of the stock and on the back of the buttplate.
Very fine, retaining 85% plus original blue finish with thinning to brown on the balance and some freckling on the left side of the receiver. The hammer and lever retain 95% vivid original case colors. The loading gate retains 85% original niter blue. The wood is excellent with some scattered minor handling marks and overall crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent.
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