Manufactured in 1895, the second year of production, this is a very attractive example of a special order Winchester deluxe Model 1894 rifle. The included factory letter lists the rifle in .38-55 caliber with an 24 inch octagon barrel, plain trigger, Lyman front and rear sights with no rear sight seat, half magazine, casehardened, and a checkered pistol grip stock with a hard rubber shotgun buttplate when received at the warehouse on 22 September 1895 and shipped five days later in order number 20679. The top flat of the barrel has the two-line Winchester address and caliber marking at the breech. The upper tang is marked with the three-line model, trademark, and patent information, and the serial number is on the bottom of the receiver. The left side of the lower tang is marked "2170 XXXS" and "2170" is repeated in the stock inlet. The barrel is fitted with a Lyman combination front sight and no rear sight dovetail. There is a Lyman peep sight mounted on the upper tang. It is mounted with a very finely figured, H-pattern checkered forearm and pistol grip stock with a hard rubber grip cap and checkered hard rubber shotgun buttplate. Has the desirable "first model" receiver featuring the "10 o'clock" screw by the loading gate. The rifle is identified in Robert Renneberg's "Winchester Model 94: A Century of Craftsmanship" (2nd edition) on page 233 where it is cited: "This is one of my favorites: Model 1894 serial number 6242, verified as a first model...It also has one of the rarest of 1894 options, a casecolored receiver!" As published in the summer 2016 issue of The Winchester Collector, this rifle is listed by serial number in Bob Kassab and Brad Dunbar's Model 1894 survey as one of only 155 Model 1894 rifles that came out of the factory with a casehardened receiver.
Exceptionally fine as professionally restored overall, retains 98% plus of the high polish blue, nitre blue, and vibrant case colors with a few scattered light handling marks and some light tool marks on the upper tang screw. The restored wood is also exceptionally fine with minimal handling marks and crisp, recut checkering. Mechanically excellent. A very attractively restored special order Winchester deluxe Model 1894 rifle!
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