Winchester Model 1894 Legendary Frontiersmen 38-55 Lever Rifle 1979 ATF C&R
SOLD FOR: $1325
Model: 94 Legendary Frontiersman
Serial Number: LF13033
Year of Manufacture: 1979, ATF C&R list.
Caliber: .38-55 Winchester
Action Type: Lever Action Rifle with Full-Length Tubular Magazine
Markings: The left of the barrel is marked “WINCHESTER — MODEL 94 38-55 WIN. / MADE IN NEW HAVEN, CONN. U.S.A. WINCHESTER PROOF STEEL”, the top at the rear has an ovalled “WP” proof. The right side of the barrel is marked “Legendary Frontiersman”. The bottom of the receiver, right of the assembly plate, is marked “PM. AIR / HIINT BCH CA”. The bottom of the receiver is marked with the serial number at the front. Both sides of the receiver show decorative scroll and border engraving. The right side of the receiver shows wild animals and a frontiersman greeting Indians. The left side of the receiver shows an eagle swooping prey and a frontiersman on horseback guiding other horses. The upper tang is marked “MODEL 1894 / WINCHESTER”.
Barrel Length: 24″
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated beaded blade dovetailed to the front of the barrel. The rear sight is a U-notch elevator sight that is also fine adjustable for elevation that is dovetailed to the barrel. The left side of the receiver is drilled, tapped and filled in two places for a side mounted optic (not included).
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered wood with a capped forend, straight grip, straight comb, and a blued steel buttplate. There is a medallion on the right side of the buttstock depicting an Indian and frontiersman in battle. The wood shows a couple white scuffs on either side and there is a small cluster of little nicks and scratches on the right near the belly. There is minor discoloration in the grip checkering on either side. The checkering is sharp. The LOP measures 13 1/2″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has faint wear. Overall, the stocks are in about Fine-Plus condition.
Type of Finish: Blue & Silver
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 96% of its metal finish. The metal shows light storage and handling marks. There is tarnish throughout the receiver and on the nose cap, it is most notable on the lower metal of the receiver. The left side of the receiver and the assembly plate have a few stains. There are some sparsely scattered faint lines on the magazine tube and barrel. The action shows light operational wear. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The rifle has a half-cock safety and a lever safety. 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: This box comes with its original serial matching box and four 20-round boxes of Winchester Legendary Frontiersman 38-55 ammunition
Our Assessment: In 1979, Winchester produced 19,999 Model 94 Legendary Frontiersman rifles in their New Haven, Connecticut, USA factory. The serial numbers ran consecutively from LF1 to LF19999. These post-1964 Model 94 actions were the later type with good steel receivers and improved shell elevators and loading gates. They pre-date the introduction of the Model 94 AE (angle eject for scope mounting, which became standard in 1984), but the top eject receiver is drilled and tapped for mounting receiver (peep) sights. The Legendary Frontiersmen, fortunately, also predates the introduction of the receiver mounted cross-bolt safety mandated by lawyers that appeared in 1992. This rifle is in about Fine condition and has a bright bore and strong mechanics. This would make a terrific addition to your Winchester collection. Please see our photos and good luck!