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February 13, 2023 - 1:34 am
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Bert, I have a Winchester model 94AE sn 6395267 and if you can find ANY in my gun shape for $350 you can gladly send them my way! The cross bolt safety isn’t a problem and if it is to anyone in less than 60 seconds can be removed and holes capped. The old I’m not buying anything after 1964 or with a cross old safety is keeping people from getting a very nice rifle! I feel as far as quality it is as good and in some cases a MUCH better rifle than the older ones! Only thing it’s missing is the history! Next time you get a chance to shoot a 2002/2006 rifle don’t miss the chance?

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Rodger,

To each his own, but I personally have no need or desire to own or shoot a U.S. Repeating Arms Company manufactured Model 94. There are simply way plenty enough pre-1964 specimens out there (and they were actually manufactured by Winchester).

It is not my intent to sound like or to be an “elitist”, but as stated on the WACA website -https://winchestercollector.org/about/ the premise of the Winchester Arms Collectors Association is the preservation of and the collecting of true “Winchester” firearms & products… not the “Johnny Come Latelys’ ” that leased the Trademarked Winchester name to sell guns that are not true to the original John M. Browning designs.

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So according to your statement above anything manufactured after 1964 isn’t a USA made Winchester even if it was in the original New Haven plant?

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So according to your statement above anything manufactured after 1964 isn’t a USA made Winchester even if it was in the original New Haven plant?

  

NO, that is not what I stated above. Read it again!

The gun in question was/is not a “Winchester” made Model 94.  Where are you getting the “isn’t a USA made” from?  Nowhere did I mention or stated that the Model 94AE was foreign made.  I simply stated that it was not a “Winchester” company manufactured gun.

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Tbone61 said
So according to your statement above anything manufactured after 1964 isn’t a USA made Winchester even if it was in the original New Haven plant?

  

There are people who appreciate and even collect select post-64’s (including me!) but they simply aren’t the focus of this forum. Many members prefer the pre-war models and more than a few are mainly interested in the antique Winchesters. We get distracted from time to time by the occasional older Marlin, Savage or even a Whitney-Kennedy or Burgess because they help us understand the Winchesters we collect. We even let Bert talk about his old red Dodge and its B model Cummins now and then but it’s a cool truck and it gets him to the Cody show every year in good order. ?

While some post-64’s are a step above the mass-produced sporting rifles produced today I doubt most of us will live to see them interest traditional collectors of true Winchesters.

 

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Ok Bert I read it again and to me it sounds like your saying Rodgers 94AE isn’t made by Winchester??

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Tbone61 said
Ok Bert I read it again and to me it sounds like your saying Rodgers 94AE isn’t made by Winchester??

  

That is correct… his Model 94AE was not manufactured by “Winchester”.  Instead, it was manufactured by the U.S. Repeating Arms Company, which was at the time a wholly owned subsidiary of FN (Fabrique Nationale) Herstal.  Yes, it manufactured in the U.S at the old New Haven, CT factory, but not by “Winchester”.  Currently, it is the Browning Arms Company that produces and markets firearms with the “Winchester” trademarked name on them… and the Browning Arms Company is also a subsidiary of FN.  Browning Arms leases the trademarked “Winchester” name from the Olin Corporation.

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Thank you Bert for setting me straight on that..

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Hi Bert, 

I am trying to find out a bit of information of My Winchester 94AE, it is chambered in 357 magnum with cross-bolt safety with a 20in barrel. which marked New Haven arms the Serial no: #6306857.

I based in United Kingdom and I bought this rifle last years when I 1st got my firearm license here. would you please tell me what is the approx. year of its manufactured and who would it be made by? The rifle condition is excellent didn’t seem to have been use much, so I am interested to know its ages and if possible trace when it is imported to UK.

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Wilson Ma said
Hi Bert, 

I am trying to find out a bit of information of My Winchester 94AE, it is chambered in 357 magnum with cross-bolt safety with a 20in barrel. which marked New Haven arms the Serial no: #6306857.

I based in United Kingdom and I bought this rifle last years when I 1st got my firearm license here. would you please tell me what is the approx. year of its manufactured and who would it be made by? The rifle condition is excellent didn’t seem to have been use much, so I am interested to know its ages and if possible trace when it is imported to UK.

Many thanks

Wilson  

Your Model 94AE as manufactured in latter part of the year 1997 or early 1998.  It was manufactured by the U.S. Repeating Arms Company which was a subsidiary of Fabrique Nationale (FN Herstal) at that time.

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Hi Bert,

I just acquired a Winchester 94AE, serial number #6332212.  Any idea on when it was manufactured? 

Thank you for your help.

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Hi Bert,

I just acquired a Winchester 94AE, serial number #6332212.  Any idea on when it was manufactured? 

Thank you for your help.  

Late 1999 or very early 2000.

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Regarding .356 Winchester ammunition:

I came across Hendershot’s Sporting Goods website.  They offer custom loaded ammo and have .356 Winchester in four loads with current prices ranging from $90-100/box of 20.  They use Winchester-Western brass (at least the ones I received did).  With people asking $150+ for a box of Winchester ammo, this is a pretty good bargain.  I have posted their website link below.

Hendershot’s Sporting Goods, Inc. – Custom Ammo Custom Rifles (hendershots.net)

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Interesting site. Couldn’t tell if they use correct brass or re-formed. All things considered prices do seem reasonable. Anyone who wants to shoot anything unusual with factory ammo has been left out in the cold by the big manufacturers for years.

 

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Hello Bert,

My name is Carl. 

 

I have an opportunity to buy a Winchester model 1894 AE trapper chambered in 357 magnum. Serial number is 6452699. Can you tell me when it was manufactured? 

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Carl Lovett said
Hello Bert,

My name is Carl. 

I have an opportunity to buy a Winchester model 1894 AE trapper chambered in 357 magnum. Serial number is 6452699. Can you tell me when it was manufactured?   

Approximately 2002.  Does it have a cross-bolt, or a tang safety?

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Bert it has a cross bolt safety. And thank you very much. 

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Carl Lovett said
Bert it has a cross bolt safety. And thank you very much. 

  

That puts it before 1993.

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I have a Winchester 94AE with a serial number of 6477560 and have read a lot of comments and got totally confused. One comment said it was not made by Winchester and I went and looked up the U.S. Repeating Arms Company and that company went out of business in 1989. So now my serial number indicates it was made after 2000 but it also indicates it was made by U.S. Repeating Arms Company by that comment. 
I tried looking it up on several sites, but that serial number was not listed within the groups os serial numbers.
I ask what is the date of manufacture and any information that anyone has on this gun. I bought it second hand from a guy that inherited it from his father.

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I have a Winchester 94AE with a serial number of 6477560 and have read a lot of comments and got totally confused. One comment said it was not made by Winchester and I went and looked up the U.S. Repeating Arms Company and that company went out of business in 1989. So now my serial number indicates it was made after 2000 but it also indicates it was made by U.S. Repeating Arms Company by that comment. 

I tried looking it up on several sites, but that serial number was not listed within the groups os serial numbers.

I ask what is the date of manufacture and any information that anyone has on this gun. I bought it second hand from a guy that inherited it from his father.  

Winchester ceased production of firearms in December 1980 when they sold the original New Haven CT factory to the newly formed U.S. Repeating Arms Company (U.S.R.A.Co.).  The U.S.R.A.Co. got unto financial trouble (bankruptcy) in 1992 and was purchased by Fabrique Nationale (FN), who then operated the business until March 2006 when they shut it down and shuttered the doors.  

Your Model 94AE was manufactured during the time period when FN controlled the U.S.R.A.Co. factory. If your 94AE has a cross-bolt safety, it was manufactured before 2003.  If it has a tang safety, it was manufactured in or slightly after 2003.  

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