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This lot features a Winchester Model 1894 32 WS Lever Action Rifle. The rifle features a 19 1/2" barrel. blue'd finish, tang sight, and a great patina. Probably the most famous, and certainly the most popular, hunting rifle in history is the Winchester Model 1894. The Model 94 was the first sporting rifle to sell over 1,000,000 copies. Sales ultimately totaled somewhere around 7,000,000 before the Model 94 was discontinued when the U.S. factory was shut down in 2006. No other sporting rifle has approached those numbers, and it is unlikely that one ever will. But back in 1894 when John Browning completed his design and Winchester began to market it, none of this success was assured. In fact, the Model 1894 was a ground breaking sporting rifle; the first chambered for the (then) new smokeless powder cartridges. It was a big leap forward, and a big gamble. The Model 1894 could, like the first Colt double action revolvers and many other firearms that were ahead of their time, have been a commercial flop. In which case it would be only a historical footnote today. But, as it turned out, the Model 1894 appeared at exactly the right time, and the rest is history. The rifle is in good condition showing honest wear from use. The bluing is around 45%. The bore is bright with strong rifling. This rifle was manufactured in 1921 and is a Curio and Relic firearm. FFL transfer or NICS background check.


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Winchester Model 1894 32 WS Lever Action Rifle

Estimate $300 - $900Sep 30, 2017