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I have a model of 1894 rifle, I think it would be a saddle ring carbine? Has a saddle ring and 20 inch barrel. The rear sights are very similar to what are called express sights on my 375 H&H express rifle. Haven’t seen these on a lever gun. Front sight is sort of a brass(maybe) blade.AF642E5F-B36B-4423-ABEF-4B88305A6CE4.jpegImage Enlarger

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Yes, this is a Winchester 3-leaf Express sight with platinum lines (also come without the lines). The Express sight can come originally from the factory. Three of my 1894 rifles have this sight and are used for deer hunting, all three in .30 WCF. Frequently I have to use the 3rd leaf (leafs are marked 1,2,3 for. 50, 100, 200 yards) for sighting in at 100 yards. The blue pattern on the carbine barrel will tell you if the short Express sight is original.

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The 3 leafs can be fragile and break off. I put some Kroil penetrating oil on mine and give it a good time to soak in before flipping the leafs up. I think your photo shows your carbine Express sight looks original to your 1894.

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John Cranfill said
The 3 leafs can be fragile and break off. I put some Kroil penetrating oil on mine and give it a good time to soak in before flipping the leafs up. I think your photo shows your carbine Express sight looks original to your 1894.  

I think I’ve seen more broken than un-broken ones.  But even the broken ones can serve a useful purpose as slot-fillers on guns with tang sights.

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These 3 leaf express sights are fairly common on 1894 rifles, but seen less often on the carbines. Since I mainly collect rifles, I see them most often on Extra Lightweight 1894 rifles, and particularly paired with Lyman tang sights. Quite often the tang & front sights are called out in the letter on the deluxe guns, but there’s no mention of the 3 leaf. That being said, its apparent they came from the factory and were possibly the default sight to pair with the tang sights, at least on the 1894s.

Just my observations. A few pics of some of mine shown below. (An ’86 found its way in the picture too)

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That’s ok, I have an ‘86 too.

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Just a note, I found that when adjusting the sight from short range to “Medium” range.   I used the long range leaf as a helper and avoided damaging the middle leaf, which often gets broken or bent.  RDB 

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Frederick,

What year is your 1894 SRC? I’m assuming a early 25-35 WCF, pre-1905?

Its interesting the caliber stamp is stacked, I’m assuming to make for clearance between the sight and receiver.

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