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Winchester 1894 Takedown barrel-end Modification
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January 16, 2024 - 7:40 pm
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The attached photos show a Winchester 1894 Takedown that has a screw-on barrel-end modification.  

Does anyone have any idea of what this was for and was it a special order option. 

The SN is 424XXX.  The SN is Past the number where records are available.

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  A Maxim silencer was threaded on the end of the barrel. They sold kits or in some cases were factory installed but I never saw one that lettered. I have been told the factory used interrupted threads, but don’t know that for a fact. The whole Maxim thing is not a plus. I have owned two and they were a hard sell. T/R

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Winchester did indeed install special barrel adapters (couplers) made specifically for the Maxim silencers. The couplers were made with 180-degree (interrupted) threads made for a simple 1/4 turn installation of the silencer.  Because Maxim introduced their Silencers in the year 1909, none of the Winchesters adapted for them can be lettered.  That stated, I have personally seen & handled a handful of original Winchester rifles that were factory fitted for a Maxim silencer (mostly .22 rim fire rifles, e.g. Model 1890, 1903, and even a Single Shot).

Having stated that, the pictures of the Model 1894 (serial number 424892) posted by Don do not show a Winchester with a factory original altered barrel. Additionally, the front sight is not factory original. Somebody altered the barrel and soldered the sight base to the barrel after cutting the threads.


The pictures below show a factory installed Maxim silencer coupler on a Single Shot rifle (22 Long) that was shipped in late April 1917.

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 I owned 1886 s/n 109352 shipped 7/30/96 rifle, 40-65, oct barrel, and plain trigger. Sent to Russ 5-22-07; w/o 120699  changed to 45-70, 1/2 oct, pln trigger, 1/2 mag, shotgun butt, takedown, shipped 9-25-07. Then R&R 8-21-09, 7-17-13, 7-28-16, 10-17-17. It had continuous threads for a Maxim silencer and threaded cap. No mention on the letter but it looked like factory work. From the wear on the working parts it looked like the gun shot thousands of rounds but still feed and fired accurately. I’m not sure when or who put the silencer on the gun, with that many R&Rs. T/R

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