I have a Winchester 1894 30 caliber saddle carbine Ser# 8466XX that has a U S flaming bomb ordnance stamp on top of the receiver. I have the Madis Winchester Book that says the U S Government records do not show that the government ever purchased Winchester 30/30 rifles. The book has the rifle mfg date as 1919. I have been told this rifle is called a” Spruce Gun”. Any info?
April 15, 2005
The U.S. government most assuredly did purchase Model 1894 Carbines in 30-30 for use during the WW I years, specifically the 1,800 “Spruce Guns”. The serial number on your Model 1894 is in the known range for the Spruce Guns. Currently Rick Hill and I have surveyed 198 of the 1,800 Spruce Guns. In the survey, we have 846629, 846653, and 846665. Is yours one of those? If not, please provide the complete serial number so that it can be added to the survey. In regards to the dates of manufacture in Madis’ book, they are not correct. Serial number 846600 – 846699 were all manufactured in late March of 1917. If you can do so, please send pictures of your Model 1894 to me at [email protected]
WACA 6571L, Historian & Board of Director Member
June 5, 2015
Bert H. said
… . If you can do so, please send pictures of your Model 1894 to me at [email protected]
Be sure to post some pictures here too, so we can see another of those rare beauties.
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