Manufactured in 1896, the second year of production, and is 1 of the only 5,000 manufactured with the flat-sided receiver. This solid frame rifle is equipped with a blade front sight and adjustable buckhorn rear sight. The top barrel flat is marked "-MANUFACTURED BY THE-/-WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN CONN. U.S.A.-" ahead of the rear sight and "38-72 W.C.F." at the breech. The upper tang is marked "WINCHESTER/MODEL 1895", and the serial number is marked on the lower tang. Directly behind the trigger it is marked "PAT NOV. 5, 1895/-- NOV. 12, 1895 --". It is fitted with a smooth tapered walnut forearm with an ebony forend insert and straight grip stock with a steel crescent buttplate.
Very good as partially refinished (wood). The metal surfaces have a smooth brown and gray patina with traces of the original blue finish in protected areas. There are some scratches into the metal on the sides of the receiver. Most of the original blue finish remains on the bolt, which also shows some minor oxidation. The wood has been sanded and refinished and remains good with a small repair on the front upper left wrist, a very small gouge on the left side of the forearm, and overall a few scattered minor dents and dings. The markings are crisp and clear. Mechanically fine.
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