145. Rare First Model Winchester 1894 Lever Action Rifle

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serial #1670, 38-55, 26'' octagon barrel with full magazine and an about good bore showing some moderate oxidation and good rifling throughout. This is a very fine first model rifle with the barrel and magazine tube mostly toned to a pleasant blue-gray patina with generous traces of original blue in the protected areas and showing some spots toned more to brown patina, a couple moderate dings along the right side, scattered light oxidation staining and a few small areas of old pitting. The barrel address and caliber markings are still very clear. The action retains about 70% original bright blue with the balance toned to gray patina with scattered scratches, small dings, a few small spots of light pitting and the screw heads showing light slot damage. The extractor retains some faint hints of fire blue while the loading gate still shows some vibrant fire blue. The hammer has the correct early checkering pattern and is mostly toned to a mottled gray patina while the lever retains some strong remnants of case-hardened colors in the more protected areas toning overall to silvery case-hardened patina. The plain walnut stocks remain in very good plus condition showing a little older added finish, just a couple very thin tiny drying cracks along some edges of the buttstock, scattered light dings, scratches and excellent metal-to-wood fit. The rifle is sighted with standard sporting rear, Beach combination front, Lyman tang peep sight and the action seems to function well mechanically. This first model rifle has seen some honest use but remains a very attractive and desirable example. (138976-61) {ANTIQUE} (5000/7000) Sold For 3220.00

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