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Question when M1895 finish changed (eye candy included)
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January 14, 2023 - 7:40 pm
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Regarding M1895 carbines, Roger recently posted a photo of his carbine (the one that had the Lyman receiver sight and no sight cut-out in the forearm wood).  Another member posted his carbine with the special order steel shotgun butt (the same that is on my carbine).  

My carbine is a fairly late one in the 424,000 range.  The other M1895’s I have are much earlier.  What interests me is the change in finish – most noticeably the receiver finish.  For my carbine, there is not the bright blue my earlier ones have.  It is much flatter – closer to black than mirror blue.  When did this change?  And was it just on carbines?

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Steve,

Winchester changed the bluing type during or just before WW I, and it resulted in the blacker finish that had the flaking issue.

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Thanks Bert.  I suppose the reason I haven’t run across that finish on M95’s very often is most (sporting rifles and carbines) were made prior to that change.  The same would be true for M1886 Winchesters – however – I’m not recalling seeing this flatter finish on later Model 1886’s

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The finish on this ’94 looks like what Bert is talking about and is very similar to the finish on my ’95 carbine:

 

https://www.gunbroker.com/item/960257045

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steve004 said
The finish on this ’94 looks like what Bert is talking about and is very similar to the finish on my ’95 carbine:

 

https://www.gunbroker.com/item/960257045

  

Precisely the same finish type.  There were very few Model 1886s manufactured after WW I which is why you do not see them.

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