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Canadian Purchased Winchester Model 94
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Hello. I’m new to lever rifles and I am the proud owner of a Winchester Model 94. Please bear with me as I fumble my way through. I recently purchased my rifle with the following specs/information that may be of interest.  I am trying to fill in the empty spaces as I become more knowledgeable about the brand and the model.

Serial number is 1126060 which I believe is 1937, but I don’t know which month.  I believe that I am the second owner, but I can’t verify that.

It’s a 30 WCF with a 20″ barrel that is clean and bright.

The front ramp sight has the brass bead and is missing the hood – I don’t know if the sight is original to the rifle.

The rear sight does not appear to be original to the rifle and I would be interested to know which sight/elevator configuration is appropriate.

The Lyman tang sight is in very nice condition (it has the functioning internal peep apperture) and I believe it to be original to the rifle.

The butt plate fit and finish is outstanding and I think it is original.

There are no lugs or mounting points for attaching slings anywhere on the rifle.

If anyone on the forum can provide me additional information or opinions, I would appreciate it very much.  I never thought that I would own a lever gun, but when I picked this one up from the rack at my local gun shop (it was a trade-in), the balance and fit was exceptional and I had to buy it.  I would like to return it to as original condition as possible with genuine fittings and parts.

Thanks very much.  Dave.

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I have the same carbine. It is a transitional from the previous Eastern Carbine model to the later Pre-War Carbine model. They are just like a pre-war but it still has the curved and fitted old style carbine butt plate. That make it the transitional. Only a few made like this and they have to be in the correct serial number range like yours is. For parts all you need is a front sight hood. The tang side is period correct but likely added after the factory and mounted in the factory holes. Nice gun, mine is 1111814 serial. I am sure Burt will come in with more info. 

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Thanks very much CJS57. I appreciate the added information.

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sorry but just for starters that thing needs more than just a sight hood. take a closer look at the front sight ramp and barrel between it and band etc.  could be just pics but I don’t think so.. 

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Could you be more specific? I can try to take additional photos as well for better angles.

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Welcome, David. I like your carbine but quite honestly when it comes to receiver or tang sights on a Winchester I’m a fat boy in a candy store, I like them all!

 

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LOL! Thanks, Mike.

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Hello David,

You have a Model 94 “Transitional” carbine, and it was manufactured in April 1937.  The rear sight is correct (original), but the elevator is not correct.  It is also missing the front sight hood (as many old Model 94 Carbines are), but is otherwise correct.

The “Transitional” Model 94 Carbines are found in the 1082935 – 1129740 serial number range (46,805 total guns).  That stated, approximately 19,000 of the guns in that serial number range were (are) Model 64 Rifles, and another approximately 500 were Model 94 Sporting Rifles.

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Many thanks for your confirmation of the details, Bert.

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