Dating a winchester model 94

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Most will be in the 1914-1915 area of manufacture and will have a serial number in 162XXX-173XXX range.The giveaway on most of these are the full length stocks, the forearms also wrapped around the tops of the barrel and went about of the way down the barrel.

Both had the 26 barrel as the A but the 1899B had an octagon barrel (full length) and the 1899C had a half octagon and half round barrel.Winchester contracted to produce 3,000 revolvers for Cyrus Manville.These revolvers were the Walch .31 caliber style with superposed loads, made from 1860 to 1861.About 3,200 were made, but many of these remained on hand for almost 100 years until they were sold to employees for as little as one dollar in Winchester's surplus store.In an attempt to raise operating capital the New Haven Arms Company and Oliver F.Believe it or not, from my data, the 1899Cs were more commonly found than the 1899Bs.

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