Make: BSA (British Small Arms)
Serial Number: 9445
Year of Manufacture: 1909
Caliber: .32 Winchester Special
Action Type: Martini Henry Single Shot Drop Black, Lever Actuated
Markings: The left side of the receiver is marked “Made by the Birmingham Small Arms Co. Ltd. / Trade Marks / BSA”. The right side of the receiver is marked “ “32947” at the top, and “Commonwealth of Australia / VIC / 9445”. The top of the receiver is marked “9445” at the rear, and a Kangaroo at the front. The barrel is marked “32 win Spl” on the flat, and “31- 12-120” on the round portion. The stock has a “Commonwealth of Australia” cartouche and the number “9445”. The top of the barrel ahead of the rear sight is marked “Made by The Birmingham Small Arms Co. Ltd.”.
Barrel Length: 25”
Sights / Optics: This rifle is mounted with a fixed front post and a screw adjustable ladder rear sight (very cool).
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are dinged marred and dented smooth wood. There are many marks present and a chip missing on the right side by the cross pin. There are no visible cracks. The LOP measures approx.13 1/3” from the trigger to the back of the metal buttplate. The stocks rate in about Fair plus overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Looks Original. The receiver looks original but the barrel may have been re-finished.
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp and deep. There is no apparent erosion.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 60% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows discoloration on the lever which is now mostly gray. There is light surface erosion on both sides of the receiver. The barrel is unusually free of marks and is very blue compared to the receiver which is one of the reasons we believe that the barrel may have been re-finished. The Screw heads are sharp and undamaged. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: This is a very handy little rifle with a cool rear sight. The Winchester .32 Special will certainly make a capable hunting round. These rifles were sold to Australia starting in 1909 as training rifles and were used well into the 1950’s.This will be a fun to shoot rifle.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This rifle can be transferred in California.
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