Dating winchester 1894
The hammer and loading lever have strong case colors with some silvering. The engraving is crisp and deep; the barrel markings are sharp. Receiver retains about 90% – 95% original bright blue with a few light scratches and some thinning on the bottom and top.
The fancy walnut stock and forearm are in excellent condition. Lever retains 70% thinning blue and the hammer retains 80% bright blue.
When I hear some story told of a grizzled old cowpoke toting a Winchester, I know that it means a levergun, even though Winchester produced some of the finest single shot rifles of the nineteenth century.. I have Winchester leverguns dating from 1895 up through the little .357 Compact that I bought earlier this year, and I like them all. The only Winchesters that I wont buy are the ones produced for several years recently with that butt-ugly crossbolt safety. I understand their having to go to something like that, but it is still ugly.
For purposes of determining if your gun is legally considered an “antique” (pre-1899 DOM), the BATF has told us they use the DOM dates published by the manufacture (Winchester).
At this time, this is one of only two known relief engraved model 1894s, and has been featured in the May/June 1982 issue of The American Rifleman magazine; the Winchester Engraving book by R. Wilson on page 255, and the Winchester Collector magazine.
Winchester 1894 Antique Short Rifle .38-55 s/n 35 - 22” octagon barrel; full mag; straight grain walnut stocks; crescent buttplate.
To the maximum extent possible, the dates of manufacture shown were obtained from the original Winchester Factory Polishing Room serialization records; otherwise estimates were made using multiple sources of information (e.g.
George Madis, Ned Schwing, etc.), in which case the data was extrapolated to the best of our ability.