Winchester 94AE 94-AE Trapper .45 Colt 16″ Blue Lever Action Rifle, 1987

SOLD FOR: $905

WOA#: WY240416JR006

Make: Winchester

Model: 94AE, Trapper

Serial Number: 5413104

Year of Manufacture: 1987

Caliber: .45 Colt

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

Markings: The left of the barrel is marked “WINCHESTER MODEL 94AE CAL. 45 COLT / -MADE IN NEW HAVEN, CONN. U.S.A. WINCHESTER PROOF STEEL-“, the top at the rear has an ovalled “WP” proof. The bottom of the receiver is marked with the serial number to the left of the lever plate.

Barrel Length: 16 1/4″

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade dovetailed to the front of the barrel, there is white paint on the rear of the blade. The rear sight is a “U”-notch elevator sight dovetailed to the rear of the barrel; the notch is fine-adjustable for elevation. The top of the receiver is drilled, tapped and filled for an optic mount (none present).

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece smooth wood with banded forend, straight grip, straight comb and a checkered black Winchester buttplate. The stocks have a few scattered minor marks with one more notable compression in the bottom-right of the forend about 3″ from the receiver. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 1/2″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has minor wear and some residue at the heel and toe. Overall, the stocks are in Very Good-plus 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 a little stubborn fouling. In this writer’s opinion, the bore rates 9 out of 10.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 92% of its metal finish. There are some scattered small nicks and minor scratches. Most of the balance is in minor surface oxidation, primarily on the receiver, but with a little on the barrel and magazine tube. The action shows minor operational wear. The screw heads range from sharp to lightly tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in Very Good-plus condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The rifle has a rebounding hammer 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: For more than a century, Winchester’s Model 1894 has served as the quintessential lever action rifle. The design is still in production today and finds favor with both hunters and those who just like shooting a lever action. This example is a Model 94AE Trapper chambered for 45 Colt and is in Very Good-plus condition. This is a great little brush gun that is short, light and handy, able to accept a scope, and chambered for a cartridge that is great for hunting. It also wouldn’t be the worst thing to have around when you expect to encounter predators. Please see our photos and good luck!

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

Winchester 94AE 94-AE Trapper .45 Colt 16" Blue Lever Action Rifle, 1987
Winchester 94AE 94-AE Trapper .45 Colt 16″ Blue Lever Action Rifle, 1987