Winchester Miroku Model 1895 .405 Win. 24″ Lever Action Rifle MFD 1997

SOLD FOR: $1975

LSB#: 210922RJ02

Make: Winchester, made by Miroku for U.S. Repeating Arms Co.

Model: 1895

Serial Number: 07NR700647

Year of Manufacture: 1997 (NR Date Code)

Caliber: .405 Winchester

Action Type: Lever Action with Internal Box Magazine

Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “SPECIAL STEEL BARREL / ESPECIALLY FOR SMOKELESS POWDER” and at the rear with an ovalled “WP” proof, the top is marked “.405 WIN CAL.”, the right is marked “WINCHESTER / U.S. REPEATING ARMS CO., NEW HAVEN, CT. U.S.A. / JAPAN/MIROKU” and “WINCHESTER TRADEMARKS LICENSED FROM OLIN CORPORATION”.  The right of the receiver is marked with the serial number. The top tang is marked “WINCHESTER / MODEL 1895”.

Barrel Length: 24?

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a brass beaded blade pinned into a base fixed to the top of the barrel. The rear sight is a square-notch semi-buckhorn elevator sight dovetailed into the top of the barrel.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered walnut with a schnabel forend, straight grip, straight comb, and smooth steel buttplate. There are a couple of faint marks from handling and storage. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 1/4? from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has some light wear. Overall, the stocks are in about Excellent condition.

Type of Finish: Blued

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 98% of its original metal finish. There is a little finish loss on the left side of the receiver on the edge. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in about Excellent condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The hammer has a half-cock safety, there is a tang-safety and the trigger pull is crisp. 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 model to incorporate a non-detachable box magazine. Teddy Roosevelt called this model, chambered in .405 WCF, his “Medicine Gun for Lions” (from his book “African Game Trails”). The M1895 rifle became the preference of major powers worldwide, with Russia alone purchasing nearly 300,000 1895’s for use in the Great War. The Model 1895 was designed for the new generation of cartridges utilizing smokeless powder and pointed bullets, and many of its original chamberings remain popular today. With its quick handling characteristics, box magazine and pointed bullet capability, the Model 1895 changed the world of sporting rifles forever. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the U.S. Repeating Arms Co. licensed Miroku to produced a limited re-introduction of the design. The rifles were chambered in a variety of original calibers, such as this .405 Winchester. The rifle is in Excellent condition with minor handling marks, a great bore and strong mechanics. With its limited production, Winchester collectors who missed their chance when this re-introduction first took place will want to jump on this one. If they fall asleep at the wheel, this will make someone a great “Medicine Gun”. Please see our photos and good luck!

Winchester Miroku Model 1895 .405 Win. 24" Lever Action Rifle MFD 1997
Winchester Miroku Model 1895 .405 Win. 24″ Lever Action Rifle MFD 1997