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PHOTOS UPDATED Mod 94 in service with Texas Rangers 1960's
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March 20, 2013 - 5:20 am
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I have a Model 94 that was in service with the Texas Rangers in the late 1960’s. It has state inventory markings and I have a copy of the inventory card along with an original affadavit from one of the two rangers that carried the rifle in service, a Byron Currin. The other Ranger on the inventory card is a Jessie Priest. Lastly, Clint Peoples attested on the card that both Priest and Currin used the rifle in service. All three rangers have some notoriety.

Photos are here: http://win94dps.shutterfly.com/pictures

The gun is 90%-95% or better.

Would appreciate thoughts on value today and degree of appreciation going forward.

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March 20, 2013 - 6:40 pm
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My apologies – I did not realize the share site was locked to members.

I have taken the lock off and the site should be open for all to see.

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March 20, 2013 - 9:04 pm
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Judging from the lack of sharp corners around the screws it looks like it was refinished.

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1873man said
Judging from the lack of sharp corners around the screws it looks like it was refinished.

Bob

hmmm. my father had this in his collection since ’73 so, if refinished, it saw alot of abuse for being issued to two rangers and only in service for a few years. i just dont see evidence of refinishing or heavy use.

i will get it out of the vault and get some better photos posted this weekend

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I got my own Model 94 out and compared the edges of the receiver and the edges of the screw holes with the enlarged photo of the left side of the receiver. It does look like the edges of the Texas Ranger 94 receiver are significantly softer. They are not sharp like they should be, suggesting that it has been refinished. This will affect the value significantly if it is the case. Better photos of the receiver and also of the barrel stampings and proof marks on the receiver and barrel will give a better idea as to whether this is the case or not.

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March 21, 2013 - 6:07 am
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I will also add to the "refinished" crowd. And add that the DPS stamp is much sharper than the rest of the receiver. Most likely added after the work.

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Fellows;

One thing to keep in mind, is that the gun in question is a Post-1963 manufactured Model 94. The receivers were made of sintered (molded cast) steel versus forged milled steel. You can not compare them with a Pre-1964 Model 94s. As such, I do not agree that it has been refinished, or otherwise altered.

That stated, other than the provenance to the Texas Rangers, it is a 1966 vintage Model 94. The gun has very little "Winchester collector" interest or value. To a collector of Texas Ranger items, it will undoubtedly have a premium associated with it. I have no idea what it would be worth to said collector.

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March 23, 2013 - 7:11 am
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I have added some better photos to the share site. I just don’t see that the gun has been refinished.

Can anyone recall any comparable auction sale for a later model 94 with some similar provenance?

What is the gun worth without any provenance?

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March 23, 2013 - 8:44 am
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Cotton,

I agree, it has not been refinished. Without any provenance, it is worth maybe $300. I have not seen a similar item for sale.

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March 23, 2013 - 9:26 am
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When you have creditable documentation it is almost always a plus to
some extent. First off do any of the mentioned rangers have any family
ties to you. If not I belive if it were me I would try to research family
members still alive and see if any of them were interested in regaing
a family peice of their history. That is if I were interested in selling
the gun.

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Hello! I was just wondering if anyone knew who bought this gun? It used to be in my family and I would love to buy it back as a surprise for my father. 

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Hello, I don’t know if anyone still looks at this site but I’m still interested in Byron Currin’s Model 94. Does anyone know where it ended up?

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