Dating winchester 1894
This information is no substitute for obtaining a Winchester Factory Letter from the Cody Firearms Museum (available for certain models and serial ranges) which in addition to the Serial Number Application Date, normally provide the original Received In Warehouse Date and Date Shipped from Winchester factory.
For purposes of determining if your gun is legally considered an “antique” (pre-1899 DOM), the BATF has told us they use the DOM dates published by the manufacture (Winchester).
The factory engraving and checkering are identical to that illustrated in the 1897 Winchester catalogue "HIGHLY FINISHED ARMS" and shown on pages 209-211 of "THE BOOK OF WINCHESTER ENGRAVING" by Wilson.
This rifle has a full-page illustration and description on page 426 of "THE WINCHESTER BOOK" by George Madis.
Receiver, barrel and mag retain 80% thinning blue; lever and hammer retain faded case colors; buttplate is mostly faded top silver/grey; stocks retain a high degree of their original varnish finish; mechanics are crisp; bore is bright and considered a 7 on a scale of 1 to 10.
A study of the original Winchester factory records indicate only 2,252 rifles were made with 22” barrels.
George Madis, Ned Schwing, etc.), in which case the data was extrapolated to the best of our ability.The checkering shows only minor handling wear and the carved scroll borders are sharp. marked sights have the later style catch design seen on the later MARBLE marked sights. Barrel retains 95% original bright blue with slight muzzle wear. See Special Detailed Description Winchester 1894 SRC .30 WCF s/n 9584 – 20" round stainless steel barrel; full mag; platinum-lines three leaf express rear sight; fixed bade pinned blade front sight; straight grain walnut stocks. The stock and forearm are free from nicks and scratches and retain nearly all of the original satin finish. Stocks are sound and show moderate wear, light handling marks and retain generous amounts of their original oil finish. The hammer and loading lever have strong case colors with some silvering. The engraving is crisp and deep; the barrel markings are sharp. Receiver retains about 90% – 95% original bright blue with a few light scratches and some thinning on the bottom and top.The fancy walnut stock and forearm are in excellent condition. Lever retains 70% thinning blue and the hammer retains 80% bright blue.
At this time, this is one of only two known relief engraved model 1894s, and has been featured in the May/June 1982 issue of The American Rifleman magazine; the Winchester Engraving book by R. Wilson on page 255, and the Winchester Collector magazine.