Manufactured in 1908. The rifle is fitted with a suppressor height blade front sight, a folding tang peep sight, and a half magazine, and the rear barrel sight dovetail is empty. The barrel has a threaded muzzle. Unfortunately, there are no factory records available for this rifle. Per Winchester expert and author George Madis, only "a few Winchesters" left the factory with "threads cut on the barrel or by a method similar to an angular bayonet attachment for muskets and carbines" for the purpose of attaching a silencer (see "The Winchester Book," page 467). We cannot guarantee that the aforementioned feature is factory. A Winchester factory oval proof is stamped on the barrel and receiver at the breech. The barrel is stamped with the two-line Winchester address/patent dates marking and "45-70" on top and "NICKEL STEEL" on the left side. The lower tang has the patent date marking and the serial number. The magazine takedown latch is stamped with the 1893 patent date. The forearm and straight grip stock are nicely figured plain walnut. The stock is fitted with a crescent buttplate.
Excellent, retaining 97% plus bright original blue finish with some flaking turned brown on the tangs and some minor scratches visible on the receiver. Patterns of original case colors remain on the buttplate. 90% plus original case colors remain on the hammer and lever. The wood is very fine with scattered scratches and some minor handling marks. Mechanically excellent.
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