SOLD FOR: $1036.02
Make: Winchester Repeating Arms
Model: 1894 Special Order Takedown
Serial Number: 484910
Year of Manufacture: 1908
Caliber: .32 Winchester Special
Action Type: This is a Takedown Lever Action Rifle with a Full Length Mag tube.
Markings: The receiver’s chamber ring and the top rear of the barrel have an ovalled “WP” proof. The front sight is marked “SHEARD” on one side and “MARBLE” on the other. The left shoulder of the barrel midway is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. / NEW HAVEN . CONN. U.S.A. PATENTED AUGUST 21. 1884”, “-NICKEL STEEL BARREL- / ESPECIALLY FOR SMOKELESS POWDER” to the left of the rear sight, and “32 W.S.” near the receiver. The front underside of the receiver is marked “484910”. The top tang is marked “MODEL 1894 / -WINCHESTER- / TRADE MARK REG.IN U.S.PAT. OFF.”.
Barrel Length: 23.5″, Octagonal
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a Sheard/Marble beaded blade slotted in a dovetailed base. The rear sight is a buckhorn V-notch elevator sight that is dovetailed to the barrel. The top tang is equipped with a Marbles Flexible tang sight which is a flip-up peep sight.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are 2-piece smooth walnut with capped forend, straight grip, straight comb and steel crescent buttplate. The stocks have scattered nicks, dings, scuffs and scratches. There are a few darkened gashes in the belly. There is a drilled and tapped empty hole in the buttstock. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 12 7/8″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate, which shows a thick patina and scattered surface oxidation. Overall, the stocks are in about Good-Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Blue, Case-Color Hammer & Lever
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is somewhat bright with defined rifling. There is scattered minor erosion and light pitting in the bore.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 65% of its metal finish. The case coloring on the hammer and lever has mostly gone mute. There is thinning at the leading edges of the barrel. There are several nicks and scratches on the receiver. There is light surface oxidation throughout the metal surfaces. The receiver shows a light patina under the oxidation. The action has standard operational wear. The screw heads range from sharp to tool-marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in about Good-Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The hammer has a half-cock safety. The lever safety is present and functions properly. The trigger is crisp, very light when set. 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: The Winchester Model 1894 rifle followed the other John Browning designed lever action rifles to become one of the most famous and popular hunting rifles of all time. It was the first commercial sporting rifle to sell over 7,000,000 units, making the name “Winchester” synonymous with all lever action rifles. It was also the first commercial American repeating rifle built to be used with smokeless powder. It was introduced in 1894 in two black powder cartridges, the .32-40 and .38-55 Win. rounds, but by the next year Winchester had developed a different steel composition that could handle higher pressures, and the .30-30 Win. family of cartridges was born. This is a special order Winchester Takedown Model 1894 rifle made in 1908 with a 23.5” octagonal barrel chambered for .32 Winchester Special. Whether you’re looking to add a Winchester to a collection or looking for a deer rifle, you can’t go wrong with an American classic. Please see our photos and good luck!