I recently acquired a 1903 Win 94 SRC in 30 WCF (SN 276XXX) with a front ramp sight and a Lyman 1A rear tang peep. I believe (and PLEASE correct me if I am wrong) that the front ramps were not available from the factory until the 30s. It appears that the ramp is braised onto the barrel and the sight dovetailed into the ramp. Does this indicate a replacement barrel or is this some early oddity? FYI, Cody letter pending…
Thanks in advance!
April 15, 2005
When you get your factory letter from the CFM records office it will tell you that your Model 1894 as manufactured in June or July of 1905.
You are correct that Winchester did not use a ramp style front sight in a Carbine until May of 1932. The factory ramp sight based were silver-soldered to the barrel. If you see bronze braising on your Carbine barrel, it is not factory original. It would help if you can provide clear pictures of it.
WACA 6571L, Historian & Board of Director Member