April 14, 2021
I recently bought a Winchester 1894 (model 94) and was REALLY blown away by the serial number. It dates my rifle as manufactured in 1951, 70 years old and it looks brand spanking new!! The action on it looks like it’s stainless steel (top slide, hammer, and trigger) but I was told that the rifle was simply stored and hardly ever fired. Could this be original? Did some 94s have stainless parts? The serial number is 1805648 and it’s well put together, quite amazing actually the more I look at it. Thoughts? Appreciate any feedback!!
April 15, 2005
Winchester did not manufacture Model 94 Carbines with a stainless steel receiver (or any other parts for that matter) in time frame your gun was made. All of the steel parts were blued. One of two things is likely to have occurred on your gun; (1) the bluing was stripped off of it leaving bare (in the white) steel, or (2) somebody chrome or nickel plated it.
Pictures of the gun would help identify specifically what has transpired.
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