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1895 Winchester: Need Help ID'ing?
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October 13, 2022 - 11:49 pm
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Hi, brand new to the forum here so apologies for any issues with this post

I recently inherited a Winchester 1895 what i believe is to be a Short rifle in 30-40 but have almost no clue as to its history or what it is for sure. 

It is US marked and the story goes it came from a purchase out of a oklahoma reservation in the 1930’s as the previous owner told my relative. No idea as to any of that and doesn’t seem to add up to me. It is in very rough shape but i did manage to wipe it down with oil and get the action to cycle which it does although the pins are a bit undersized now and walk out unless i push them in, Working on the bore at the moment but it does appear to have rifiling still.

any help would be appreciated. Couldn’t find much information on this guy so figured here was the place to post

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October 14, 2022 - 1:35 am
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Welcome! Looks like a carbine or modified musket that has spent several decades in a barn or out in the elements, maybe even underground. Not much left but interesting.

 

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October 14, 2022 - 3:27 am
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bofa deez said

It is US marked and the story goes it came from a purchase out of a oklahoma reservation in the 1930’s as the previous owner told my relative. 

US gov’t supplied arms to the Indian Police, but no idea if Model ’95s were issued for that purpose.  Good luck with your attempt to salvage it!

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All, going to go out on a limb and make some comments.  Hope more knowledgeable folks weigh in, though.  It looks to be a remnant US Musket that has been cut down and modified.  If you may recall, Bannerman bought most of the Army’s unwanted 1895 muskets, sent many to Cuba, etc, and cut others down to be carbines.  I rather think that may be the case here.  I do see some modifications that go beyond that, however, so it may have been a musket that was cut down and modified by who knows whom.  It might help to know the serial number, if it is legible, and see if it is in the known serial range of the US muskets the Army acquired to test, say in the Philippines.  Its possible origins from the reservation likely is coincidental.  Tim

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From its appearance, maybe it was pulled from the bottom of Havana Harbor along with the USS Maine!

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deerhunter said
From its appearance, maybe it was pulled from the bottom of Havana Harbor along with the USS Maine!

  

That’s what you call good, honest wear. We don’t have to debate whether this is a Turnbull restoration or not!

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