This Winchester-Lee Model 1895 straight pull rifle is one of only approximately 186 in total manufactured with the rare U.S. Naval Militia marking. Page 45 of Eugene Myszkowski's book "The Winchester-Lee Rifle" states, "The 186 USNM stamped rifles fall into three clusters... The second cluster of 16 rifles, in a block between the Winchester serial numbers of 13869 and 13884 [this rifle is 13879], were shipped on April 29, 1901 to order number 94631. These rifles were shipped with knife bayonet and scabbard." These rifles saw extensive service with the Navy and Marine Corps landing parties during the Spanish-American War, Boxer Rebellion and Philippine Insurrection. "U.S.N.M./Naval anchor/81/C.A.B." is on the top of the receiver, with the latter being the inspection initials of Lieutenant Charles A. Brand. A small five-pointed star Navy inspection mark is stamped ahead of the buttplate tang. Fitted with the scarce front sight cover designed for the Navy Model 1895 rifles. The carbine style buttplate has a sliding butt trapdoor. Although the innovative U.S. Navy Model 1895 rifle had a relatively short service life it is a scarce and historically important rifle that saw action in numerous small engagements with the Navy and Marines in the colonial era that began with the Spanish American War. "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the toe of the stock. Includes a Winchester Repeating Arms Co. bayonet, scabbard, and "ROCK ISLAND/ARSENAL/D.C.L." marked leather sling. Provenance: The George Moller Collection
Very fine, retaining 70% plus original blue finish with scattered mild spotting, moderate pitting at the muzzle, and crisp markings. Stock is very good with scattered scratches and dents, defined edges, and a crisp star inspection mark. Mechanically functions, the blast shield section on the left rear of the bolt is broken off/absent. Included bayonet is excellent, scabbard is fine with some light wear and some scratches.
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