SOLD FOR: $2050
Make: Winchester, made by Miroku for U.S. Repeating Arms Co.
Model: 1895 Takedown
Serial Number: 00097MT95K
Year of Manufacture: 2006 (MT Date Code)
Caliber: .30-06 Springfield
Action Type: Takedown 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 “WP” proof, the top is marked “30-06 CAL.”, the right is marked “WINCHESTER”, “LIMITED SERIES”, “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 U-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 a shotgun-style blued steel buttplate. There are a couple of faint marks from handling and storage. There are a few slightly more notable compressions at the front edge of the forearm as well as toward the rear left side. 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 thinning along the edges with a few faint marks on the face. Overall, the stocks are in about Fine-Plus condition.
Type of Finish: Blued & Case Color
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore. There is an M.E. reading of 1.2.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 98% of its original metal finish. The magazine shows an even plum hue. 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 produce a limited re-introduction of the design. The rifles were chambered in a variety of original calibers, such as this .30-06 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!