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Model 94 rear sight elevator
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October 19, 2022 - 10:12 am
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Hello

I have a model 94 the serial number dates the rifle to 1941

My question is about the elevator on the rear sight is the elevator on this sight correct for a 1941 period rifleelevator-2.jpgImage Enlarger

Also I have a question about the receiver the right side all the bluing is in tact the left side the bluing turned just about in the white what caused this to happen?

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James,

Yes it is the correct elevator, but it is not installed correctly.  It needs to be reversed so that the thumb piece is on the forward side of the sighting notch.

The reason the bluing is missing on the left side of the receiver is because a previous owner carried it in his left hand while stalking game in the field, and he had a sweaty hand.

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Hi Bert

I turned the elevator around in the sight as an attempt to show the elevator shape. I never thought the bluing would be damaged from sweat. I thought that was caused from laying in a rifle case for long periods of time. The M94 is a nice rifle for hunting, time does some interesting things to these older Winchesters

Thank you for the information

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It is very common to see Winchesters that show some wear on the bottom of the receiver and sometimes on the sides at the balancing point where the guns were often carried.

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 Sweat is salty, add the wear from dirty hands and in time the blue is gone. Take a 1866 with a gun metal (brass) receiver and carry it around a few gun shows. The nice aged butterscotch look gives way to a shiny brass look at the wear points. Rubbing, cleaning, and carrying these old guns can down grade condition if not done with caution. In the case of a nice 1866 handling the gun by the wood is preferred.   T/R 

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