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I was looking at a 32 WS the other day and the serial number started with a WS. I can’t remember the numbers behind it but was wondering what years they started the serial number with a WS. The rifle seamed to be in great shape. Just not sure what vintage it might be. I had not seen serial numbers start with letters before on those?????

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Winchester never used a “WS” prefix on a standard production Model 1894/94. All serial numbers were numeric only until the 1940s when they begin using an “X” suffix to denote a duplicate serial number. When Winchester began production of the Commemorative Model 94s in the mid 1960s, most of the various models used a two or three letter prefix, but none of them that I am aware of used a “WS” prefix.

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Bert,

I must have had some sort of senior moment. There was no prefix to the  serial#. I did pick the rifle up though. I gave that other 94 back that had the replacement barrel. The guy was nice enough to let me pick from a stash of rifles.

 

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I must have had some sort of senior moment. There was no prefix to the  serial#. I did pick the rifle up though. I gave that other 94 back that had the replacement barrel. The guy was nice enough to let me pick from a stash of rifles.

 

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Steve,

What is the serial number and configuration ?

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Possible that the ‘WS’ was original owner/buyer applied. I have come across 1 or 2 where the owner, typically a company, bank, security, etc, has added their own prefix or suffix to the OEM SN…in my own experience, the difference in the owner mark from the factory SN is obvious. 

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Bert H. said

Steve,

What is the serial number and configuration ?

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Steve,

Thanks.  That is a very clean looking 1950 production Carbine.

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In thought so too. It is really nice for something made back in 1950. It still has the look of the pre-war models with the longer forearm also. The bore is excellent also. $500 and it was in my hands and I was not letting it go….I still do not have any idea why I thought it had a prefix when I first saw it. I guess I have been looking at too many lately.

 

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