Dating winchester 1894
To the maximum extent possible, the dates of manufacture shown were obtained from the original Winchester Factory Polishing Room serialization records; otherwise estimates were made using multiple sources of information (e.g.
George Madis, Ned Schwing, etc.), in which case the data was extrapolated to the best of our ability.
The checkering shows only minor handling wear and the carved scroll borders are sharp. marked sights have the later style catch design seen on the later MARBLE marked sights. Barrel retains 95% original bright blue with slight muzzle wear. See Special Detailed Description Winchester 1894 SRC .30 WCF s/n 9584 – 20" round stainless steel barrel; full mag; platinum-lines three leaf express rear sight; fixed bade pinned blade front sight; straight grain walnut stocks.
The stock and forearm are free from nicks and scratches and retain nearly all of the original satin finish. Stocks are sound and show moderate wear, light handling marks and retain generous amounts of their original oil finish.
I wish all the questions about the age of Winchester,s were this easy!
Your Winchester model 59 was never serial numbered,but this model was only made for 1 year.
The factory engraving and checkering are identical to that illustrated in the 1897 Winchester catalogue "HIGHLY FINISHED ARMS" and shown on pages 209-211 of "THE BOOK OF WINCHESTER ENGRAVING" by Wilson.
Factory records indicate 155 model 1894 rifles were made with a case hardened receiver, with only 16 deluxe case hardened rifles.
Those dates coincide with the Madis dates and can be viewed on Winchester’s site at: If you would like to obtain factory research on your Winchester, we urge you to join WACA and the Cody Firearms Museum.
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Receiver, barrel and mag retain 80% thinning blue; lever and hammer retain faded case colors; buttplate is mostly faded top silver/grey; stocks retain a high degree of their original varnish finish; mechanics are crisp; bore is bright and considered a 7 on a scale of 1 to 10.
A study of the original Winchester factory records indicate only 2,252 rifles were made with 22” barrels.Winchester 1894 Semi-Deluxe Short Rifle .32 WS s/n 1492 – 15” part round barrel; half mag; Winchester 64A Smokeless rear sight; dovetailed front sight; capped pistol grip checkered straight grain walnut stocks w/rubber shotgun buttplate.