SOLD FOR: $1176
Serial Number: 420447
Year of Manufacture: 1927
Caliber: .30-06 (.30 Gov’t ’06)
Action Type: Lever Action with Internal Box Magazine
Markings: The left side of the receiver is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN, CONN. U.S. / PATENTED NOV. 5. 95. NOV.12. 95. AUG. 17. 97.JAN.25.98. AUG. 23. 98. AUG. 6. 1907.”. The upper tang is marked “MODEL 95 / -WINCHESTER- / TRADE MARK REG. IN U.S. PAT. OFF. & FGN.”. The lower tang is marked “420447” and “B”. The left of the barrel is marked “-NICKEL STEEL BARREL- / ESPECIALLY FOR SMOKELESS POWDER” and “-.30 GOV’T’06”. The top of the barrel and the chamber ring are each marked “WP” in oval.
Barrel Length: 24″ Nominal, 23 7/8″ Measured
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a Marble Sheard brass beaded blade dovetailed to a base fixed to the front of the barrel. The rear sight is a semi-buckhorn elevator sight dovetailed to the rear of the barrel. The rear sight has provision for a notch fine-adjustable for elevation, but the notch is missing. The left of the receiver has been drilled and tapped for a receiver sight (none present).
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece smooth walnut with a Schnabel forend with ebony tip, straight wrist, straight comb and steel carbine-style buttplate. The stocks have scattered light nicks, scuffs and scratches. There are a couple of more notable dings in the right of the buttstock toward the top-rear. There is a tiny loss at the toe. There are no cracks. The LOP measures 12 5/8″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has worn to white with scattered discoloration from oxidation, light wear, and some erosion at the heel. Overall, the stocks are in about Very Good condition as refinished.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is gray with well defined rifling, generally sharp. There is scattered light erosion in the bore. Our gauge shows an ME of about 3.5.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 30% of its metal finish. The finish remains in protected areas such as around the sights, along the edges of the forend, the top of the bolt, around the hammer, and there is some on the left of the receiver and the sides of the magazine. The lever assembly has some finish, most on the parts concealed when the action is closed. Other surfaces are worn to white with scattered discoloration from oxidation. There are some scattered nicks, scuffs and scratches. There are tool marks at the sights. The action shows operational wear. The screw heads range from sharp to disfigured with a serviceable slot. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in about Good-plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The action is fairly smooth and the lever locks up correctly. We have not fired 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 1895 Winchester was the first lever action model to incorporate a non-detachable box magazine. This is the model Teddy Roosevelt called his “Big Medicine” that he used in hunting here and in Africa. With its quick handling characteristics, box magazine and spitzer bullet capability, the Model 1895 changed the world of sporting rifles forever. This rifle was used by major powers worldwide, with Russia alone purchasing nearly 300,000 1895’s just before World War I. In 1898, the United States ordered 10,000 of the rifles in musket form with handguard for use in the Spanish-American War, but the war ended before they could be delivered. One hundred were issued for field testing in the Philippines and the remaining 9,900 were sold to M. Harley Company. Many of these were shipped to the new Cuban government in 1906 and some found their way to Pancho Villa’s troops in Mexico. The U.S. Government also ordered carbines, but we can’t find records as to how many. This rifle was made in 1927 during the inter-war years. It is chambered for .30-06 and is in about Good-plus condition with about 30% of its original metal finish remaining. It has a decent bore considering its age and that this rifle clear saw some use in the field, and it retains strong mechanics. This should make a great addition to a collection of Winchester lever-action rifles. Please see our photos and good luck!