Serial Number: 76254
Year of Manufacture: 1915
Action Type: Lever Action Rifle
Markings: The barrel is marked “Nickel Steel barrel / Especially For Smokeless Powder” and “.30 U.S. Mod. 1906”. The Winchester Proof mark is on top of the barrel and the frame. The left side of the frame is marked “Manufactured By The Winchester Repeating Arms co. / New Haven. Conn. U.S.A. Pat. Nov. 5. 95. Nov. 12. 95. Aug. 17. 97. Jan. 25. 98. Aug. 23. 98. May. 28. 07..”. The serial number is found on the lower tang over “B”. The upper tang is marked “Mode 1895/ Winchester / Trade Mark Reg. In U.S. Pat. Off.”.
Barrel Length: 24″
Sights / Optics: The gun is mounted with a front beaded blade, in a dovetail and on a ramp. The rear barrel dovetail has a single position rear flip sight. There is a Lyman peep sight mounted to the left side of the receiver. The sight is marked with Lyman’s logo and the patent information.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are original condition smooth wood. There is thinning of the finish primarily at the forearm. There are scattered dings, marks and depressions throughout. The toe shows a few dings. There are no splits or cracks. The LOP measures 13″ to the crescent buttplate. The stocks rate in about Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Factory Original
Bore Condition: The bore is about bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no pitting or erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This gun retains about 70% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows surface scratching to the barrel, mostly in front of the forearm. The frame shows much thinning, especially on the right side of the receiver. There is thinning at the edges and a very light patina. The gun otherwise just shows light handling marks and surface scratches. There is a lot of finish on this old rifle. The Screw heads are sharp, only some showing wear. The markings are clear. Overall, this gun rates in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions as designed, though we have not fired this rifle.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: The 1895 was the last of the lever action rifles to be designed by John Browning, and featured a rear locking bolt as in his previous designs dating back to the Winchester 1886. The M1895 is the strongest lever action rifle Winchester has produced, designed to handle the increased pressures generated by the more powerful smokeless powder cartridges entering common use at the time of its introduction. These are often considered the best of the Winchester Lever Actions, both to shooters and collectors – Teddy Roosevelt would probably agree.
Sold For: $2,000.01