SOLD FOR: $1080
Make: Winchester. British Contract
Model: Pattern 1914 (P14).
Serial Number: W162627
Year of Manufacture: August, 1917 – April, 1919 (page 129 of Charles Stratton’s book, British Enfield Rifles Volume 4 – The Pattern 1914 and U.S. Model 1917 Rifles)
Caliber: .303 British
Action Type: Bolt Action, Internal Magazine
Markings: There is no visible import mark. The top of the receiver is marked with a small “asterisk”. The right side of the receiver is marked with the serial number. The serial number’s “W” prefix is a Winchester designation. The top of the bolt handle is marked with the serial number (no “W” prefix), a “crossed out number” and a “star”. The bottom of the bolt handle is marked “W” for Winchester and “N.S.”. The left side of the receiver is marked with a British “crown / G. R. / crossed flags / P” proof, a British “arrow head” and a “circled star” (a Winchester production mark). The belly of the stock is marked “X”. There are a few other small markings on the rifle.
Barrel Length: Approximately 26 Inches
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a bladed post set between protective ears. In the down position the rear sight is an aperture set between 2 protective ears. When flipped up it becomes a sight ladder that uses a sliding aperture. The ladder is marked from “2-16”.
The front volley sight is a rotating dial with a point at one end and the front volley sight at the other. The sight is rotated to the desired distance. It is marked “1500” and from “16 – 28”. The rear volley sight is a tall flip up aperture attached to the safety.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The wood stock shows numerous scrapes, scratches and compression marks. Several have damaged or removed small portions of the surface wood. Most of the marks have been finished over. The buttplate shows scrapes and discoloration from oxidation. The refinished stock hardware shows scrapes. The LOP measures 13 ¾ inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Very Good condition as refinished.
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The muzzle & grooves are grey. The rifling is deep. There is fouling and intermittent erosion at the muzzle and in the grooves.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 95% of its metal finish, as refinished. The metal shows scrapes, small scratches, and a few small areas of oxidation. Most of the markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good condition as refinished.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The rifle comes with a web sling. It shows discoloration & light soiling on the webbing as well as oxidation on the metal. Overall it is in about Very Good Plus condition.
Our Assessment: This Pattern 1914 Rifle made by Winchester as a contract rifle for the British during World War I. This P14 has been refinished but still retains many of its original markings. The rifle’s volley sights are intact. The rifle is in Very Good condition and can still do a ton of work out at the range.