Winchester firearms dating
Later in 2001, Winchester reintroduced the rifle during the 100 year anniversary of Theodore Roosevelt's presidential administration, offering it again in .405 Winchester, as well as .30-06 Springfield and .30-40 Krag since its reintroduction. Comes in a nice fitted case with 2 sets of wood and in near mint condition. The Model 1895 in both its rifle and carbine configuration was popular with the Texas Rangers and Arizona Rangers in both the 30-40 Krag and 30-06 Springfield calibers.
It is well executed with some deep relief engraving on the bolsters and some very fine scroll on the sides and bottom. Comes with a thin inner sleeve as well as another overlay case marked J. Gun comes with a letter from Alexandra Mc Cain Morgan. She was married to one of the Morgans and she gives lineage of the family. Overall gun is in fairly good condition with a fair amount of wear to the checkering. By serial number 6000, it is thought that the last of the flat sided M1895s left the factory. Between 19 approximately 300,000 M1895's were manufactured for the army of the Russian Empire, accounting for about 70% of total production of the rifles prior to 1936 when the M1895 was discontinued. The Model 1895 in .30 Army was also entered into an 1896 New York National Guard rifle contract competition, but finished second to the Savage Model 1895 Including military contract rifles, a total of 425,881 rifles were produced, with production ceasing at serial number 425,132. Theodore Roosevelt took two M1895 rifles with him on his 1909 safari to East Africa, both in .405 Winchester.Chambered in 7.62×54mm R, these versions were unusual for a lever-action rifle in that they also had a charger guide, allowing the M1895 rifle to be reloaded by the same charger clips used in the Mosin–Nagant bolt-action rifle. The standard barrel length varied from 24 to 28 inches, depending on chambering and configuration, and the Standard finish on all rifles was blue. Additionally, Kermit Roosevelt accompanied his father on the trip and brought two more M1895 rifles; one was chambered in .405 Winchester, and the other in .30-03 Springfield.This allowed the rifle to safely chamber military and hunting cartridges with spitzer (pointed) bullets.
The M1895 was also the last of the lever-action rifles to be designed by John Browning, and featured a rear locking bolt as in his previous designs dating back to the Winchester 1886.Tarlton took his big double-barrel and advised me to take mine, as the sun had just set and it was likely to be close work; but I shook my head, for the Winchester 405 is, at least for me personally, the "medicine gun" for lions.