Manufactured in 1896, the second year of production and serialized with a three digit number. This rifle is 1 of only 5,000 manufactured with the desirable flat side receiver. The rifle is equipped with German silver blade and elevation adjustable sights on a barrel marked with the two-line address and "30 U.S." on top. The upper tang is marked "WINCHESTER/MODEL 1895." Directly behind the trigger it is marked "PAT NOV. 5, 1895/-- NOV. 12, 1895 --." The serial number is marked on the lower tang. Mounted with a smooth tapered forearm with an ebony insert and straight grip stock with a steel crescent buttplate.
Very fine, retaining 80% original blue finish with a mix smooth plum and brown patinas on the balance. There are a couple spots of minor pitting on the left side of the receiver. 70% original case colors remain on the buttplate and hammer. The wood is also very fine showing a patch of chipping near the toe and some minor scratches. Mechanically excellent. A very fine early production flat side Model 1895 that will make a great addition to any Winchester collection.
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