There’s a Model 1894 rifle, serial 2500000A, that is visually identical to serial 2500000, which was given to Eisenhower. The “A” gun was given away in a contest to someone who told the best tale about a photo of 19 Texas (later identified as Arizona Territorial) Rangers and why only 18 of them had Winchester rifles.
I’ve been told that the reason this gun – 2500000A – was awarded in a contest was because it had first been offered to Kennedy, but he turned it down because of the gun’s value. I’m curious if there’s any validity to this story. What strikes me as odd about it is why would you make a duplicate of Ike’s gun and add a suffix to the serial number instead of making a truly custom gun for Kennedy?