SOLD FOR: $1375
Make: Miroku for U.S. Repeating Arms under Winchester License
Model: 1885 Limited Edition BPC Rifle
Serial Number: 00000MV85K
Year of Manufacture: 2005
Caliber: .45-90 Black Powder Only
Action Type: Single Shot, Lever-Actuated, Exposed Hammer Falling Block Rifle
Markings: The left shoulder of the barrel 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 shoulder of the barrel is marked “1885 LIMITED SERIES” and “CAL..45-90 BLACK POWDER ONLY”. The upper tang is marked “–WINCHESTER–”. The right side of the receiver is marked with the serial number “00000MV85K”.
Barrel Length: 34” Octagonal
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a brass beaded blade with a serrated rear face that is dovetailed to the barrel. The rear sight is a buckhorn U-notch elevator sight. There are two drilled, tapped, and filled holes on the top of the chamber ring and the top rear of the receiver. The upper tang is equipped with a fully adjustable aperture sight.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are smooth walnut with a Schnabel tipped forend, straight grip and comb, and a crescent steel buttplate. There are no notable imperfections nor chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 1/2” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate, which shows no notable wear. The stocks rate in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 99% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows a few tiny scattered marks, none of which draw attention. The rifle looks to have seen minimal use if any at all. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are crisp. Overall, this rifle rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this rifle. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This rifle comes in its original serial matching box with paperwork including the manual and a safety lock.
Our Assessment: From the Winchester Collector Association, “The Model 1885 Single Shot rifle was John M. Browning’s first design and patent, and it was the first single shot to be built by Winchester. The patent for the Model 1885 rifle was what brought John M. Browning and the Winchester Repeating Arms Company together for the beginning of their eventual 19-year association. Nearly 140,000 Model 1885s were manufactured from September 1885 to June of 1920.” Many would consider the Model 1885 to be the greatest single shot ever designed. Amongst the earliest of Browning’s designs, and the first produced by Winchester. This example was made by Miroku for the U.S. Repeating Arms Co. under license of Winchester in 2005. These rifles were simply too effective to ever go out of production for good and Japan’s premier gun maker pulled it off quite well. This rifle has beautiful walnut stocks, all of its blue finish remaining, and a serial number of 00000 from a limited production of BPC rifles; these combined with the sharp bore make this a rifle with a lot of life left. Please see our photos and good luck!