Serial Number: 418233
Year of Manufacture: 1907
Caliber: .32 Winchester Special
Action Type: Lever Action with Tubular Magazine
Markings: The top of the barrel is marked “Manufactured by the Winchester Repeating Arms Co. / New Haven, Conn. U.S.A. Patented August 21, 1894” and “Nickel Steel Barrel / Especially For Smokeless Powder “ , and “32 W.S.” There are two Winchester proof marks “WP” in an oval one on the receiver and one on the barrel. The upper tang is marked “Model 1894 / Winchester / Trade Mark Reg. In U.S. Pat. Off.“ under the tang sight. The serial number is found on the bottom of the receiver.
Barrel Length: 26”.
Sights / Optics: This rifle is mounted with a front blade, set in a dovetail slot. The rear sight is a carbine style, slip ladder notch sight, also set in a dovetail slot. There is a proper vintage peep sight mounted on the upper tang.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are slightly oversized and lightly finished replacement pieces. The grain is beautiful, the fit is acceptable though not perfect and there are a couple of runs in the finish. There is almost no wear to the new pieces or the new finish. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures approx. 12 7/8" from the front of the trigger to the back of the blued crescent plate, which has also been varnished. The stocks rate in about Very Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: The finish on all metal parts appears to be original.
Bore Condition: The bore is gray and the rifling is worn. There is mild to moderate erosion present.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 40% of its metal finish. The frame and cap are generally brown, with a light mottled patina. There is very light erosion scattered throughout. The barrel and magazine have the majority of their finish, with thinning at the edges and many surface marks. The cap screws have been replaced. The lever seems to be a modern replacement with Winchester parts, as is the magazine tube . . . (?) The screw heads are worn. The markings are a bit light. Overall, this rifle rates in about Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle. .
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: This is a solid shooter's rifle. The gun is attractive, with classic lines and the action is strong and reliable. There is a reason the Winchester 1894 became the world's most popular sporting rifle, and this gun chambered in a great caliber (other than .30-30) that will make you love this classic rifle too. This rifle is pleasing to look at and will make a great hand me down for generations to come. .
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This C&R rifle can be transferred in California.
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