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February 13, 2017 - 4:01 am
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Been trying to learn to take decent pictures with my new camera and thought I’d share this one.  It’s a full set of 1895’s – one in each caliber:

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40-72, half octagon

30-06, NRA Musket

7.62x54r, Russian Musket

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30 Army, SRC Unfired

38-72, Flatside

303 British, Flatside Pistol Grip

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That’s a great picture, love it. Looks like its time for a display at the Cody show……..

Thanks for sharing.

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I’m sure it took some time to collect those, they look great! It was hard enough for me to get the 5 original M94 calibers.

Thanks for sharing your collection. very impressive.

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Mark Douglas said
Been trying to learn to take decent pictures with my new camera and thought I’d share this one.  It’s a full set of 1895’s – one in each caliber:

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40-72, half octagon

30-06, NRA Musket

7.62x54r, Russian Musket

35WCF, Deluxe Checkered

30 Army, SRC Unfired

38-72, Flatside

303 British, Flatside Pistol Grip

405WCF, Deluxe Checkered

30-03, Deluxe Checkered  

looks like the camera works just fine. very nice/impressive set of rifles!!

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Very nice indeed, thanks for showing us those.

Technically, the glass is always full; half liquid, half air....

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You have a very nice collection there with some very desirable versions and calibers. I had to remind myself of the ancient command, ‘Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s Winchesters’.

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Mark,

  Some outstanding model 1895’s!  Your 40-72 with half octagon barrel is particularly rare, and is in very nice condition from what I see!  Unlike some others, I DO covet!

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Great photo and fantastic rifles! Teddy Roosevelt got me hooked on the 1895 (and the NRA).  What camera set up and lighting did you use?

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Great picture of a very nice collection, Mark.  What kind of camera did you use?

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Beautiful collection, It must have taken some time to put it together.  Thanks for sharing.

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Thanks all.  I used a Canon EOS Rebel T5 with an 18-55 mm zoom lens.  I would have preferred to use natural light, but haven’t seen much of that this winter.  Just tried to find a spot in the shop where the light wasn’t too harsh and wouldn’t leave much of a glare.

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Beautiful collection, It must have taken some time to put it together.  Thanks for sharing.

Al  

Thanks, it did take quite a while to fill out all the calibers.  Now setting about upgrading some of the guns to higher condition examples.  It’s a bucket list goal to eventually have an outstanding example of each.

Mark,

  Some outstanding model 1895’s!  Your 40-72 with half octagon barrel is particularly rare, and is in very nice condition from what I see!  Unlike some others, I DO covet!

Tim Tomlinson

Tim, The 1/2 octagon 40-72 is a nice original and one of my favorites – and a good shooter.  I have a fondness for that caliber and have a couple of others in higher condition, but like the rarity of that gun.  Mark

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Nice job Mark.  Congrats on the collecting.

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Very nice collection, tells the 1895 story quite well. I believe Gary is right, they would make a nice display at the Cody show.

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Very nice collection, tells the 1895 story quite well. I believe Gary is right, they would make a nice display at the Cody show.  

Thanks for the compliment, but I may have to upgrade a few before they’d be fit to be shown in the same company with the Winchesters I’ve seen displayed at the Cody show.

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Hello 

Do you have 1895 winchester russian musket rear sight

I am looking for one

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timbersmith said
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Do you have 1895 winchester russian musket rear sight

I am looking for one

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Sorry.  I had one, but I sold it.  My advice would be to keep watching EBAY.  They come up from time to time, but there is usually a lot of competition when they do come up for sale.

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Mark Douglas said

Thanks for the compliment, but I may have to upgrade a few before they’d be fit to be shown in the same company with the Winchesters I’ve seen displayed at the Cody show.  

I disagree, I’m a reluctant fan of the 1895 and I appreciate a group of rifles that represents the 1895 as yours does. To tell the unabridged story of the 1895 would require multiple tables. My first 1895 (30US) is a flatside with a low four-digit serial number. Bore is marginal to poor with my cast bullets but it hooked me on the 1895. Working that finger lever and watching things move is truly a treat. My second 1895 is in 30US as well, had to buy a rifle to make use of the dies, brass and moulds, lol. Awesome little round with lots of history. 

I once opined that the 1895 was the ugliest, most poorly balanced and difficult to carry Winchester John Moses ever conceived in that brilliant mind of his. Today I know it’s JMB’s most advanced lever rifle design and was undoubtedly the correct rifle for the times and situation.

Don’t be shy, my offerings will be like a garage sale on the sidewalk in front of the Smithsonian but I’ll gather them up just to have a chance to visit with like-minded enthusiasts.

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That’s an impressive collection and quite an accomplishment putting it together. 

Approx how long did it take for you aquire all nine rifles? 

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That’s a great picture, love it. Looks like its time for a display at the Cody show……..

Thanks for sharing.  

 I agree, this collection would make a fine show display. 

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Kevin Jones said
That’s an impressive collection and quite an accomplishment putting it together. 

Approx how long did it take for you aquire all nine rifles? 

Thanks Kevin.  I’ve been seriously collecting 1895’s for about 10 years.  Like most collectors, I started out collecting a variety of guns and then narrowed my interest to primarily 1895’s. 

They don’t have the classic lines of the Winchesters with tubular magazines, but I really like the high performance chamberings available in the ’95’s.  My collecting tastes also tend toward the more unusual, so the 1895 is a good fit for me. 

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