April 30, 2006
By the way Mike, you are fairly new to Winchesters – your statement not mine – that’s why you have the date wrong about when the original forend was cracked and changed. Anyone could see that it was 1911 not 1910. You should know by all the messed up areas where the original band went over the barrel an inch behind where it is now – definitely post 1910 sloppiness. When you buy it and get it all disassembled please send the pictures to Rick and me – Bert would probably like a copy as well.
June 26, 2013
While looking through old posts on this site, I came across another example where the barrel band covered up markings on the barrel. It looks like there is more than one instance where Winchester did this on an unusual gun.
January 24, 2013
The rifle that you linked to as an example, is actually a carbine that someone had put an octagon barrel on, complete with carbine forend and barrel band. Pretty sure that is not Winchester factory work, kinda like when movie studios take the forends off M16 to make it look futuristic; or large loops on Winchester carbines.