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December 31, 2021 - 2:45 am
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I have a 1894 in .38-55 s/n 334xxx that is fitted with a Marbles tang sight. The middle sight slot is filled with a slot filler stamped with a W. 

I have never seen a slot filler with a stamp.  Did Winchester install that filler and the Marbles sight?   Both appear to have been on the rifle a long time.  

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Incidentally, the barrel on this .38-55 is stamped “Nickel Steel” on the same flat as the caliber.  I understand this to mean the rifle was a special order…

I suppose I should enquire about a letter..

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Got a pic?  Ive seen a “W” on the underside of a rear sight that came of an 1873 carbine, but not on a filler blank.  Is it stamped or raised lettering. 1873-Winchester-Express-Sight-2.JPGImage Enlarger1873-Winchester-Express-Sight-3.JPGImage Enlarger1873-Winchester-Express-Sight.JPGImage Enlarger

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Marble’s front sights began showing up in WRA catalogs about the time of WWI, & sometime between 1925 & 1933 rear & tang sights were added.  If your gun dates earlier than ’25, factory installation seems unlikely, but a marked slot filler is a very rare bird.

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A Cody inquiry is a great idea on this rifle. Somewhat unusual rifle and if the ledger supports all or part that could be helpful. Can’t say I’ve seen a filler with a stamp but an “R&R” entry (or two) could expand the range of possibilities. And yes, pics would be awesome. It’s a rainy 3-day weekend in Texas.

 

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I’m trying to post a photo.  The letter W is Stamped. S/n dates to 1905, I think. 

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