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Hi all. I am a new WACA member with a couple of questions about an 1894 carbine I picked up recently. It is serial number 829940 and is the “eastern” variety without saddle ring. The rifle came with marbles sights front and rear which I believe are not original to the rifle. I have modified the rear sight into a makeshift barrel peep which my eyes get along with better than the buckhorns. 

first, other than the sights, does this rifle look to be in as shipped configuration? As in not messed with?

 

also, was it common in this serial range for an eastern carbine to be shipped in this configuration. From the few I have seen on online auctions most seem to have the 2/3 (5round) magazine and shotgun buttstock.

Thank you for your time.

 

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Yes, other than the sights, it does appear to be in its as manufactured state.  Eastern Carbines are not nearly as uncommon as some might believe.  They were more common in the 32 WS caliber, and the 2/3 magazine is also common.

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Good looking carbine!

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Thanks guys. Bert, you mention that they are not as uncommon as some believe. How many have you surveyed and what would that percentage look like compared to all carbines in this era. 

this rifle was found on the north west Pa/ north east OH line and the variation seems  to be more common in this part of the country. 

Thanks for the help. I have really enjoyed reading through the forum and the back issues of the Winchester Collectors Magazine alone are worth the price of membership. 

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Murph77 said
Thanks guys. Bert, you mention that they are not as uncommon as some believe. How many have you surveyed and what would that percentage look like compared to all carbines in this era. 

this rifle was found on the north west Pa/ north east OH line and the variation seems  to be more common in this part of the country. 

Thanks for the help. I have really enjoyed reading through the forum and the back issues of the Winchester Collectors Magazine alone are worth the price of membership. 

Thus far I have documented a total of (5,571) Carbines of all types in the 354000 – 10799689 serial number range.  Of that number, (740) of them are Eastern Carbines, and of that number, (159) are Eastern Carbines with a ⅔ magazine.

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