Pre-64 Winchester Model 1894 Carbine Flat Band 20″ .25-35 Lever Rifle, C&R

SOLD FOR: $1,393

WOA#: WY240306MK011

Make: Winchester

Model: 94

Serial Number: 1491200

Year of Manufacture: Ca. 1948

Caliber: .25-35 WCF

Action Type: Lever Action Rifle with Full-Length Tubular Magazine

Markings: The left of the barrel is marked “MADE IN NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S. OF AMERICA / -WINCHESTER PROOF STEEL-”, -“WINCHESTER / -TRADE MARK-“-, “MODEL 94 – 25-35 W.C.F.-”. The top of the barrel and top of the chamber ring are each marked with a circled “WP” proof. The underside of the receiver is marked “1491200”.

Barrel Length: 20″

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a beaded blade dovetailed to a hooded, textured, ramped base fixed to the barrel. The rear sight is a “U”-notch elevator sight dovetailed to the rear of the barrel, the notch is fine-adjustable for elevation.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece smooth walnut with a banded forend, straight grip, straight comb, and checkered steel buttplate. The stocks have some scattered light nicks and scratches. There is a tiny loss and some finish wear at the toe. There is a patch of notable wear on the right of the forend just behind the band. There are no cracks. The LOP measures 13 1/8″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate shows wear at the edges with some minor oxidation in the well defined checkering. Overall, the stocks are in Very Good condition.

Type of Finish: Blue

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore, but there is some stubborn fouling. In this writer’s opinion, the bore rates about 9 out of 10.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 90% of its metal finish. The finish is generally strong with thinning at edges. There are some spots of minor oxidation and some light nicks and scratches. The action shows light operational wear. The screw heads range from sharp to lightly tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in Very Good condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The rifle has a half-cock safety and a lever safety. We have not fired this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.

Our Assessment: The Winchester Model 1894 was the first commercial American repeating rifle built to be used with smokeless powder. The 1894 was originally chambered to fire 2 metallic black powder cartridges, the .32-40 Winchester and .38-55 Winchester. In 1895 Winchester went to a different steel composition for rifle manufacturing that could handle higher pressure rounds and offered the rifle in .25-35 Winchester and .30-30 Winchester. This is a Winchester Pre-64 Model 94 Carbine in .25-35 Winchester that was made in 1948, exhibiting the short-lived “flat band” profile on the forward barrel band. The rifle has some light wear, but retains a great bore and strong mechanics. This rifle could be back out in the field dropping deer, coyote, and other small-medium game for another lifetime but, as with most pre-1964 Winchesters, may also interest the collectors. Please see our photos and good luck!

Please forgive any typos, I was educated in California. -Bud

Pre-64 Winchester Model 1894 Carbine Flat Band 20" .25-35 Lever Rifle, C&R
Pre-64 Winchester Model 1894 Carbine Flat Band 20″ .25-35 Lever Rifle, C&R