Winchester Model 1894 Saddle Ring Carbine manufactured c. 1906. The carbine has a 20-inch round barrel and full length magazine. The barrel has a nickel-silver front sight blade with steel block base and special order, "Express" rear sight with three folding leaves marked "50, 1" and "2". A staple mounted saddle ring is located on the left side of the receiver. The upper tang is factory drilled and tapped. The barrel, magazine, barrel bands, receiver, bolt, trigger and carbine style buttplate have the Winchester blue finish. The loading gate is a fiery niter blue. The hammer and lever are color casehardened. The stock and forearm are straight grain American walnut with varnish finish. The top barrel flat is roll-stamped: "MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO./NEW HAVEN CONN. U.S.A. PATENTED AUGUST 21.1894." between the lower barrel band and the rear sight. The left side of the barrel is roll-stamped: "- NICKEL STEEL BARREL- /ESPECIALLY FOR SMOKELESS POWDER" below the rear sight followed by the caliber designation "25-35 W.C.F.". Oval Winchester "W/P" proofmarks a restamped on the top of the barrel and receiver. The upper receiver tang is roll-stamped: "MODEl 1894/-WINCHESTER-/TRADE MARK" in three lines. The serial number is roll-stamped across the underside of the front of the receiver. Model 1894 Saddle Ring Carbines chambered for the 25-35 W.C.F. cartridge are scarce.
Excellent. 98% of the original blue is present on the barrel, magazine and lower barrel band. The upper barrel band has some finish loss on the high points. The receiver shows a strong 95% of the blue with a few scattered and very insignificant scratches and some minor edge wear. The left side of the receiver has some light scuff marks from contact with the saddle ring. Nearly all of the blue finish is present on the bolt and loading gate. There is a small spot of flaking on the bottom of the receiver latch. The top of the hammer and sides of the lever exhibit 75% deep and rich original case colors. The barrel and receiver markings are crisp. The stock and forearm are both in excellent condition and retain nearly all of the original varnish. Wear is limited to a few scattered and very minor handling marks. This is an excellent example of an early production Winchester Model 1894 Saddle Ring Carbine.
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