Sold For: $2,736
Model: 1894 Saddle Ring Carbine
Serial Number: 985694
Year of Manufacture: 1926
Caliber: .30-30 Winchester (.30 W.C.F.)
Action Type: This rifle has a lever action with a full length tubular magazine and double set-trigger.
Markings: The left of the barrel is marked “-MODEL 94-”, “WINCHESTER / -TRADE MARK-“, “-NICKEL STEEL – 30 W.C.F.-”, the right of the barrel is marked “MADE IN U.S.A. WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. / -NEW HAVEN, CONN.-“. The upper tang is marked “MODEL 1894 / -WINCHESTER- / TRADE MARK REG. U.S. PAT. OFF. & FGN.”. The top of the barrel at the receiver and the receiver are marked with a circled “WP” proof. The underside of the receiver is marked “985694” and the bottom of the lower tang just in front of the trigger is marked “7” in a diamond.
Barrel Length: 20″, Round
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade pinned to a slotted base fixed to the barrel just behind the forward barrel band. The rear sight is a folding ladder-style sight dovetailed to the rear of the barrel, presenting a “U”-notch when folded down and with a “U”-notched slider on its ladder. The top tang is drilled and tapped with a folding aperture sight installed, adjustable for elevation. The bottom of the tang-sight’s base is marked “WS” and there are patent dates around the base of the folding arm.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are 2-piece smooth walnut with a banded forend, straight grip, straight comb and steel carbine-style buttplate. The stocks have several scattered light nicks, dings, scuffs and scratches. There is a very minor loss at the right of the heel, almost under the buttplate. Otherwise, there are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 12 7/8″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has wear at the heel and toe with some scattered light surface oxidation. Overall, the stocks are in about Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright with sharp rifling. There is some very minor erosion scattered in the bore. Our gauge shows an ME of about 1.0.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 75% of its metal finish. The finish is thinning at all edges. The barrel and magazine tube have generally strong finish with some scattered light wear and minor surface oxidation. The receiver has mostly gone to a light patina with finish remaining around the saddle ring, hammer and other protected areas. The receiver has a few scattered light nicks and scratches. The lever has some scattered minor surface oxidation. The action shows operational wear. The screw heads range from sharp to lightly tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in about Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The trigger is very light and crisp when set. The trigger is set by pushing forward on the rear trigger. When not set, the trigger has a smooth takeup, but is still crisp. The hammer has a half-cock safety. The lever lock up is good. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: This is a Winchester Model 1894 Saddle Ring Carbine, made in 1926 with a 20” round barrel chambered in .30-30 Win. The 30-30 Win. has likely taken more deer in America than any other cartridge except maybe .30-06 and the model 1894, or simply 94 as it is now known, is one of the most popular rifles ever chambered for the round. This rifle has a double set-trigger, a special-order feature offered by the Winchester factory. It is in about Very Good condition with about 75% of its metal finish. This is an honest rifle that has seen nearly a century of use yet still has a nice bore and strong mechanics. Iit would be perfect for throwing in the back window of your pick-up truck for use on coyotes and other varmints and it would also be a great deer rifle today just as it was nearly 100 years ago. That said, with its special-order trigger and condition, it will also likely interest the Winchester collectors. Please see our photos and good luck!
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