3003: Winchester Model 1886 Take-Down Rifle with Unique
This is an example of a unique Winchester Model 1886 Take-Down Rifle with Swiss buttplate that was manufactured in 1903. The rifle features a checkered forearm and pistol grip stock; the stock is fitted with a rare special order Swiss buttplate. The rifle has a 24-inch round barrel and unique two-third magazine. The barrel has a Lyman "Hunting" front sight with ivory insert and a sporting style rear sight with sliding sighting notch. Sling swivels are mounted on the forearm cap and stock. The rifle has a full blue finish. The straight grain walnut forearm and pistol grip stock have a varnish finish. The pistol grip has a black hard rubber cap embossed with "WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS". The left side of the barrel is roll-stamped: "MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO./NEW HAVEN.CONN.U.S.A.PAT.OCT.14.1884.JAN.20.1885." in two lines above the forearm cap. "-NICKEL STEEL BARREL-/ESPECIALLY FOR SMOKELESS POWDER" is roll-stamped in two lines on the left side of the barrel below the rear sight followed by: "33 W.C.F.". Oval "W/P" proof marks are stamped on top of the barrel and receiver. The upper receiver tang is roll-stamped: "MODEL 1886/-WINCHESTER-/TRADE MARK REG.IN U.S.PAT.OFF.". The two-line patent dates and the serial number "134368" are stamped on the lower tang. A Cody Firearms Museum records request for this rifle shows "Record Blank".
BBL: 24 inch round
Stock: walnut checkered
Gauge: 33 WCF
Serial Number: 134368