Manufactured in 1905 with standard two-line address followed by the patent marking, two-line nickel steel marking, and "25-35 W.C.F." on the special order, 24 inch, rapid taper, lightweight barrel. There are Winchester factory oval proofs on top of the barrel and on the receiver at the breech. Import marked on underside of barrel. The three-line model/trademark marking is on the upper tang and serial number on the bottom of the receiver. The left side of the lower tang is marked "22138 XOR", with "22138" repeated in the stock inlet along with "94". It is fitted with a ramped Lyman beaded blade front sight and three-leaf express rear sight. It is mounted with a finely figured, H-style checkered forearm and pistol grip stock with a hard rubber grip cap and checkered shotgun buttplate. The included factory letter (copy) lists the rifle in .25-35 caliber with a 24 inch round barrel, plain trigger, checkered pistol grip stock with oil finish and a rubber shotgun buttplate, extra lightweight, and takedown when received at the warehouse on 28 November 1905 and shipped the next day. Out of the first 353,999 Model 1894s produced that the Cody Firearms Museum has the Winchester records for, only 1,661 had 24 inch barrels (per included copy of page 16 to the excerpt from the ARMAX Cody Firearms Museum journal rarity study). Provenance: The Wayne Connor Collection
Very fine, retains 85% plus of the bright original high polish blue finish, 95% plus of the original nitre blue on the loading gate, and 80% plus of the vibrant original case colors with the balance having thinned to a smooth grey patina and a couple small patches of light pitting on either side near the takedown collar. The wood is also very fine with some scattered light handling marks and crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent. A very attractively configured special order, lightweight, Winchester deluxe Model 1894 rifle!
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