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1894 Spruce gun??
January 26, 2017
6:49 pm
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Bert,

I came across this one while surfing the web.  Not sure if it is worthy of adding to your survey fro the 1894 Spruce guns.  It's been refinished / extra holes, etc., but you can see the JC '17 marking beneath the serial number.  No photos of the top of the receiver to see if there are any US markings or flaming bomb.  It looks like it falls in the correct serial number range--serial # 839716.

http://www.gunsinternational.com/guns-for-sale-online/rifles/winchester-rifles-model-1894-pre-64/winchester-1894-30-wcf.cfm?gun_id=100791833

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January 26, 2017
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Don,

Yes, it is worthy of being entered in the survey. That is now the 11th "JC '17" marked Spruce Gun, and this particular specimen is right in the same serial range as five others. The condition of the gun has nothing to do with survey. As long as it can be identified as to what it is, it goes in the survey.

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Bert

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January 26, 2017
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Bert H. said
Don,
Yes, it is worthy of being entered in the survey. That is now the 11th "JC '17" marked Spruce Gun, and this particular specimen is right in the same serial range as five others. The condition of the gun has nothing to do with survey. As long as it can be identified as to what it is, it goes in the survey.
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Bert  

Bert,

I wasn't sure if this 1894 met the criteria of the Spruce gun survey with the lack of the US and flaming bomb stamps.  I didn't realize having only the "JC '17" marking qualified it as a true Spruce gun.  Anyway, I'm glad I was able to add one to the list.  It seems most of these encountered are in pretty rough condition and I've seen more fakes than legitimates.

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January 26, 2017
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I'm acquainted with spruce hens, spruce gum, and a spruce breeze, but what is a spruce gun?

January 26, 2017
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clarence said
I'm acquainted with spruce hens, spruce gum, and a spruce breeze, but what is a spruce gun?  

Clarence,

Here's a link to an excellent article written by Rick Hill from the Summer 2005 Winchester Collector magazine about the 1894 Spruce Guns:

http://winchestercollector.org/magazines/200506/index.html#16

 

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January 26, 2017
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Clarence,

Rick Hill wrote an article (published in the Summer 2005 WACA Collector magazine) that discusses the Spruce Guns in great detail. Go to the top of the current page, click the Publications link, and then search for the Summer 2005 magazine.

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