SOLD FOR: $1500
Make: Winchester, made by Miroku for U.S. Repeating Arms Co.
Serial Number: 99061NR
Year of Manufacture: Late 1990’s to Early 2000’s
Caliber: .30-06 Springfield
Action Type: Lever Action with Internal Box Magazine
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “ESPECIALLY FOR SMOKELESS POWDER / SPECIAL STEEL BARREL” and at the rear with “NP” proof, the top is marked “30-06 CAL.”, the right is marked “WINCHESTER / LICENSEE / U.S. REPEATING ARMS CO., NEW HAVEN, CT. U.S.A. / MADE IN JAPAN”. The right of the receiver is marked with the serial number. The top tang is marked “WINCHESTER / MODEL 1895”. The sides of the receiver have floral engraving.
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 a steel buttpad. There is a streak of minor white scuffs on the left side of the buttstock near the belly. There are some other infrequent minor handling marks throughout. 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 hardly any wear. Overall, the stocks are in about Fine-Plus condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
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 approximately 1.5.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 98% of its original metal finish. The lower lever piece has taken a pleasant plum hue. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in about Fine-Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The action is a bit stiff and will need to be properly lubricated. 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. This rifle is in Fine-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!