Rare Documented Special Order Antique Winchester Lever Action Short Rifle with Pistol Grip Stock, Ma

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Rare Documented Special Order Antique Winchester Lever Action Short Rifle with Pistol Grip Stock, Ma
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Estimate: $3000 - 5000
Manufacturer: Winchester Model: 1894
Manufactured in 1895, this special order carbine has the rare combination of half octagon barrel matted along the top and a checkered walnut forearm and pistol grip stock with a Winchester hard rubber grip cap. It is estimated that only 1 of approximately every 725 Model 1894s had a pistol grip stock. (see Madis' "The Winchester Book" page 424). The upper left barrel flat is marked with the two line address ahead of the rear sight, the nickel steel/smokeless powder marking next to the rear sight and "30 W.C.F." at the breech. The upper tang is marked "MODEL 1894/-WINCHESTER-/PAT. AUG. 21, 1894" and the serial number is marked on the bottom of the receiver. Marble's blade front and folding leaf rear sights, all blue finish, 1/2 magazine tube and the stock is fitted with a checkered Winchester hard rubber shotgun buttplate and factory sling eyes. The accompanying factory letter verifies the rifle configuration, 30 caliber, 20 inch 1/2 octagon barrel, matted barrel, plain trigger checkered pistol grip stock, 1/2 magazine, shotgun butt, sling and swivel, gives the length of pull and stock dimensions, that it was received and shipped out of the warehouse on May 21, 1898, order number 8476.
BBL: 20 inch half octagon
Stock: walnut
Gauge: 30 WCF
Finish: blue
Serial Number: 42812
Good as refinished some time ago with half of the gunsmith applied blue finish remaining showing some thinning, edge wear and areas of smooth gray patina. There are a few minor scratches on the receiver. The wood is very good with a few minor dings, scratches and handling marks. The checkering is crisp overall. The markings are clear. The action is excellent. A solid example of a rare Model 1894 short rifle with lots of documented special order features