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New to this forum today. Looking for serial number date of manufacture on three different rifles. Any information is much appreciated. Most places I try to research have conflicting information. 

1.  Model 1894 30 wcf, 26″, octagon barrel, full length mag. tube.

sn# 2176xx

My research says 1901 or 1904.

 

2. Model 1894 32 wcf, 26″, takedown, octagon barrel, full length mag. tube.

sn# 6341xx

My research says 1912 or 1913.

 

3. Model 94 32 wcf, 26″, takedown, half octagon/round barrel, full length mag. tube. Winchester logo on right side of barrel flat near rear sight. 

sn# 10684xx

My research says 1929 or 1930.

Thanks in advance. 

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#1 – 1904

#2 – 1913, and it is a 32 W.S.

#3 – 1930, and it also is a 32 W.S.

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#1 – 1904

#2 – 1913, and it is a 32 W.S.

#3 – 1930, and it also is a 32 W.S.

  

Thank you! Yes, 2 & 3 are 32 Winchester Special, not my typo of 32 wcf (32-20)

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Hello Bert, I’m also looking for some clarification on date of manufacture and any other details on a model 94 I have. There seems to be some discrepancies in my online research.

It’s serial number 1111590, 30 WCF, standard 20” smooth barrel. 

Thank you for any information you can offer. 

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Hello Bert, I’m also looking for some clarification on date of manufacture and any other details on a model 94 I have. There seems to be some discrepancies in my online research.

It’s serial number 1111590, 30 WCF, standard 20” smooth barrel. 

Thank you for any information you can offer. 

  

Your Model 94 Carbine was manufactured in late July 1936.  It is most likely a “transitional” Carbine with the old style carbine butt stock and butt plate.

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Hey Bert,

All kinds of cool info coming from you, I just inherited a model 94 from my grandfather. Serial number 1282333 so 1941 from what I can tell. Anything special about those years really? 

Chambered in .32 special.

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Hey Bert,

All kinds of cool info coming from you, I just inherited a model 94 from my grandfather. Serial number 1282333 so 1941 from what I can tell. Anything special about those years really? 

Chambered in .32 special.

  

Hello Isaiah,

Your inherited Model 94 Carbine was manufactured in the month of June 1941.  It is a late “Pre-War” production gun, and still the high-quality workmanship that unfortunately was degraded as a result of WW II and the years that followed.  

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Just to clarify, the quality was degraded slight before the war and then still after?rnOr I luckily got one that was still of high quality?rnThanks for the quick reply!

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Just to clarify, the quality was degraded slight before the war and then still after?rnOr I luckily got one that was still of high quality?rnThanks for the quick reply!

  

Your Carbine was manufactured before WW II stripped the Winchester factory of many of its skilled craftsman.

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Thanks for info, appreciate all your knowledge! Hopefully I’ll be able to pass it on to my son in the future. 

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I have my Grandfathers Winchester Model 94-30wcf. Serial number 1571812. I know it was a working ranch gun and has the wear from being in a saddle scabbard to show. Just curious as to when it was made.  Thank you for the info you provide.

 

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I have a Winchester model 94, 30 WCF with a serial #1209430. Can anyone provide an age for this gun and approx value? Thank you! 

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I have a Winchester model 94, 30 WCF with a serial #1209430. Can anyone provide an age for this gun and approx value? Thank you! 

  

John,

Your Model 94 was manufactured in September 1939.  Does it have a “W” stamped below the serial number (see the attached pictures). 

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Which style marking does it have on the upper tang (see the attached pictures)

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In order to determine an approximate value, I will first need to see several clear pictures of the gun.

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NCUrk said
I have my Grandfathers Winchester Model 94-30wcf. Serial number 1571812. I know it was a working ranch gun and has the wear from being in a saddle scabbard to show. Just curious as to when it was made.  Thank you for the info you provide.

Dean  

Hello Dean,

Somehow your post got lost in the proverbial bit bucket and just now popped up in my Admin box as needing to be approved.  Sorry for the long delay in responding to it.

Your Model 94 was manufactured in the year 1949.

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I have a model 1894 with a serial number  75638 any info would be appreciated. Thanks

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I have a model 1894 with a serial number 75638 any info would be appreciated. Thanks

The  only piece of information we can provide at this point is the date of manufacture… November 1899.  If you can provide pictures of your Model 1894, additional information can be derived from them.

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Bert,

Another 94 for the survey

Ser# 349277

26″ Rifle crescent butt round barrel

32 WS

Thanks  

With the exception of serial numbers 1 – 7999, I am not surveying any of the Model 1894s that can be lettered (s/n’s 1 – 353999) as they were surveyed & documented in the ARMAX Vol 5 document published by the CFM records office.  My goal is to document as many of the non-letterable pre-1964 production Model 1894/94s to include all of the Model 55 rifles, and the Model 64 rifles that were included in the Model 94 serial number range (354000 – 2600011).  As of this morning (after adding several more new guns to the list), my research survey now contains 29,594 documented serial numbers which is just 1.31% of the total 2,258,014 available serial numbers.  When I started the survey (back in early 2005), my goal was to eventually document 5% of the total, but based on my current progress, I suspect that reaching the 3% mark will be a substantial achievement.  I am also surveying all Model 1894 S/Ns in the 1 – 7999 range in an attempt to determine the estimated number of First Variation Model 1894s manufactured.  Thus far I have documented 525 of the 7,999, with 254 confirmed First Models so far.

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Hey Bert,

 

First, I’d just like to say Thank You for doing all this for everybody. I dragged one out of an old friend’s closet the other day. Sitting in a cardboard box for over thirty years. Serial# 1316689, and based on some previous posts, my guess is January 1942? Standard gun 30-30 (30WCF), no ring. Nice closet queen. Probably make a nice working rifle. One thing I don’t know “Is there any collectability with this rifle?” I don’t want to start dragging a rifle through the mountains if it should be on a shelf. LOL

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Didn’t let me edit previous post, but Ser# 1316639. That second three looked just like an 8. Old eyes. 

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Didn’t let me edit previous post, but Ser# 1316639. That second three looked just like an 8. Old eyes. 

  

Hello Mike,

January 22, 1942.  It is inside the known serial number range for the Canadian military contract (PCMR) Model 94 Carbines.  Does it have a Canadian Broad Arrow stamped on the front left lower side of the receiver frame (see the attached picture below) ?

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