SOLD FOR: $2877
Make: Miroku for U.S. Repeating Arms under Winchester License
Model: 1885 Low Wall Falling Block High Grade 1 of 1,100
Serial Number: 000EFH0565
Year of Manufacture: 1999-2001
Caliber: .22 LR
Action Type: Single Shot, Lever-Actuated, Exposed Hammer Falling Block Rifle
Markings: The left shoulder of the barrel is marked “WINCHESTER / LICENSEE” and “U.S. REPEATING ARMS CO., NEW HAVEN, CT. U.S.A. / MODEL 1885”. The left shoulder of the barrel and chamber ring is marked with a Winchester proof mark. The top of the barrel at the rear is marked “CAL..22 L.R.” The right shoulder of the barrel is marked “MADE IN JAPAN/MIROKU”. The top of the shank and the top of the chamber ring are marked with the ovalled Winchester proof mark. The upper tang is marked “–WINCHESTER–”. The lower right shoulder of the receiver is marked with the serial number “000EFH0565”. The sides of the receiver have floral scroll engraving and 24k gold inlays of small game scenes.
Barrel Length: 24.5” Half Octagon Half Round
Sights / Optics: The front sight has been removed and there is an empty dovetail slot in the barrel above the muzzle. The rear sight has been removed and replaced with a blank dovetail. The upper tang has two drilled, taped, and filled holes. Mounted to the top of the barrel is a DZ Arms NRA Approved 8x Scope with a fine crosshair. The scope shows a few scattered light marks and the lenses are crystal clear. The Scope rates in about Fine-Plus condition.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are checkered walnut with a Schnabel tipped forend that has an ebony inlay, straight grip and comb, and a crescent steel buttplate. The most notable imperfections are some small marks on the right side of the forearm. The LOP measures 13 1/2” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate, which shows some faint scratches. The stocks rate in about Fine-Plus overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue w/ Gold Accents
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 94% of its metal finish. There are some scattered little nicks and light scratches throughout the barrel. There is finish loss at the front right edge of the receiver. There is some light erosion on the top of the chamber ring. The rifle looks to have seen responsible use. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are crisp. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine 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 with the previously mentioned scope.
Our Assessment: Many would consider the Low Wall to be the greatest single shot ever designed. Amongst the earliest of Browning’s designs, and the first produced by Winchester. This example is one of 1,100 made by Miroku for the U.S. Repeating Arms Co. under license of Winchester from 1999-2001. It is a High Grade Low wall 1885 with 24k inlays of small game scenes and floral scroll engraving. 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 and all of its blue finish remaining; these combined with the sharp bore make this a rifle with a lot of life left. Please see our photos and good luck!