SOLD FOR: $1568
LSB#: 210630BW52 & 210630BW53
Model: 94 Buffalo Bill Commemorative Edition Rifle, Carbine
Serial Number: WC109790, WC109791
Year of Manufacture: 1968
Caliber: .30-30 Winchester
Action Type: Tubular Magazine Fed Lever Action Rifle, Carbine
Markings: The left shoulder of the barrel is marked “WINCHESTER / MADE IN USA”, “®”, and “30-30”. The top of the barrel is marked with an ovalled “WP” proof. The right side of the barrel is marked “Buffalo Bill Commemorative” in a cursive script. The bottom of the receiver is marked with the serial number, “WC109790” (LSB #210630BW53) and “WC109791” (LSB #210630BW52). Either side of the receiver features simple decorative engraving with the left side also marked “Buffalo Bill” in cursive script. The upper tang is marked in script “W.F. Cody Chief of Scouts”. The right side of the buttstock features an inlaid Buffalo Bill Commemorative coin marked “COLONEL WILLIAM F. “BUFFALO BILL” CODY” and “1846-1917”.
Barrel Length (BW52): 20″ Octagonal
Barrel Length (BW53): 26″ Octagonal
Sights/Optics: The front sight is a brass beaded blade dovetailed to the front of the barrel. The rear sight is a “U”-notch elevator sight dovetailed to the rear of the barrel. The notch is fine-adjustable for elevation.
Stock Configuration and Condition (BW52): The stocks are two-piece smooth walnut with a silver-colored alloy forend cap, straight grip, straight comb and silver-colored crescent buttplate. The right edge of the forend has one more notable nick. The wood is slightly proud to the buttplate at the heel, and there is very faint scuffing on the edge the wood. The LOP measured from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate is 13 1/2”. The buttplate has some minor scratches and scuffing. Overall, the stocks are in about Fine condition.
Stock Configuration and Condition (BW53): The stocks are two-piece smooth walnut with a silver-colored alloy forend cap, straight grip, straight comb and silver-colored crescent buttplate. There are light handling marks, but otherwise the stocks are free of any notable wear or damage. The wood is slightly proud to the buttplate at the heel. The LOP measured from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate is 13 1/2”. The buttplate is free of any notable wear or damage. Overall, the stocks are in about Fine-plus condition.
Type of Finish: Blued with Black Anodized Receiver and Brass Spring Cover
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition (BW52): The bore is mostly bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion, but there is minor stubborn fouling along the lands.
Bore Condition (BW53): The bore is rather bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion, but there are a few spots of minor stubborn fouling.
Overall Condition (BW52): This rifle retains about 97% of its metal finish. The action has light operational wear and there are minor scuffs on either side of the receiver near the grip. Screws are lightly tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this carbine is in Fine condition.
Overall Condition (BW53): This rifle retains about 93% of its metal finish. The barrel has scattered spots of light surface oxidation. The magazine tube has scattered light nicks and scuffs most notable at the front. Screws are lightly tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in Very Good-to-Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly on both rifles. The rifle has a rebounding hammer, a tang safety, and a lever safety. We have not fired this rifle. As with all used firearms, thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork, and Accessories: Each firearm includes its original box and slip cover along with various pieces of factory paperwork, including manuals.
Our Assessment: “William Frederick “Buffalo Bill” Cody (February 26, 1846 – January 10, 1917) was an American soldier, bison hunter, and showman. He was born in the Iowa Territory (now the U.S. state of Iowa), in Le Claire but lived several years in Canada before his family moved to the Kansas Territory. Buffalo Bill received the Medal of Honor in 1872 for service to the US Army as a scout. One of the most colorful figures of the American Old West, Buffalo Bill became famous for the shows he organized with cowboy themes, which he toured in Great Britain and Europe as well as the United States.” Buffalo Bill Cody was a true American hero and will be well remembered for another 100 years. On offer here is a consecutive pair—one carbine, one rifle—that are in overall Very Good-to-Fine condition. The previous owner enjoyed these as more than showpieces, so the winner should not shy away from taking these guns to the range. Good luck and happy bidding!