SOLD FOR: $1930
Make: Winchester Repeating Arms
Serial Number: 139692
Year of Manufacture: 1898 Antique
Caliber: 30 W.C.F.
Action Type: This rifle has a lever action with a full-length tubular magazine.
Markings: The top of the barrel is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE / WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN, CONN. U.S.A.” and at the receiver with “30W.C.F”. The front underside of the receiver is marked “139692” and the lower tang in front of the trigger is marked “X”. The upper tang is marked “MODEL 1894 / -WINCHESTER- / PAT. AUG. 21. 1894.”.
Barrel Length: The octagon barrel is 26” in length.
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a Marble No.3 beaded blade that is dovetailed into the top of the barrel. The rear sight is a “V” notched semi-buckhorn elevator sight that is dovetailed into the top of the barrel. The front tip of the base has been shortened. The upper tang has a small drilled & tapped hole for mounting an aperture sight.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are 2-piece smooth walnut with a capped forend, straight grip and comb, and a carbine smooth steel buttplate. The wood was refinished at some point. There is material loss at the front of the top right edge of the forearm. There is a crack in the top of the wrist to the left of the upper tang. There is a notable bruise just left of the comb. There is a split in the wood on the left side of the forearm at the front. There are other scattered nicks, compressions, and scratches. The LOP measures 13 ¼” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The buttplate shows finish loss with wear at the heel and toe and several dings and scratches. The stocks rate in about Very Good condition as refinished and Antique.
Type of Finish: Blue & Case Color Lever
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is dark with erosion and the rifling is visible.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 47% of its metal finish. The receiver, mag tube, lever and nose cap have turned an even patina. The remaining finish is the blue on the barrel. The case coloring has gone completely mute. The leading edges have thinned considerably. There is scattered light surface erosion throughout the metal components. There are several little nicks, dings, and scratches throughout. The hammer knurling shows moderate wear. The screw heads are mostly sharp and the barrel markings are crisp. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good condition as refinished.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The hammer has a half-cock safety. The rifle is equipped with a lever safety, which is operational. The lever lock-ups tightly and the trigger is crisp. 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 Model 94’s combination of potent firepower in a compact, lightweight, comfortable-to-carry, and quick-shooting package has made it an extremely popular hunting rifle, particularly for white-tailed deer in the dense forests of the Eastern United States, where most game is killed at relatively short distances. As a result, it was the first sporting rifle to sell over 7,000,000 units. This is an Antique Winchester Model 1894 Rifle made in 1898. It has a 26” octagonal barrel chambered in .30-30 Winchester. This rifle is in about Very Good condition with about 47% of its original finish remaining. This rifle will sit nicely in you Winchester collection. Please see our photos and good luck!