Manufactured in 1942 with the typical characteristics of the approximately 3,000 Model 1894 carbines purchased to arm the Canadian Pacific Coast Militia Rangers. At its height the unit had a strength of approximately 15,000, with a large number of these being members of the First Nations. The Rangers were tasked with patrolling the wild and sparsely populated northwestern coast of Canada due to fears of Japanese invasion. The PCMR was disbanded in September 1945 with the surrender of the Japanese but continues on as the Canadian Rangers. In addition to the standard markings including Winchester factory oval proofs on the barrel and receiver at the breech, the carbine has three Canadian "'C' broad arrow" markings, which are on the left of the forearm, receiver, and buttstock. Fitted with ramped, hooded, beaded blade front and elevation adjustable notch rear, typical front sling swivel secured by a metal band around the forearm and barrel, and a rear sling swivel in the buttstock. Mounted with a smooth forearm and straight grip stock with a serrated shotgun buttplate.
Fine, retains 60% original blue finish with the balance a smooth grey patina primarily on high spots and handling areas. The wood is very good with numerous minor dings and scratches throughout, a couple hairline cracks in the forearm, and visible cartouches (forearm marking slightly faint). Mechanically excellent. Provenance: The Brandhorst Collection.
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