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Winchester Model 1895 7.62mm Russian Contract Rifle
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October 19, 2016 - 4:42 pm
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 Here for your viewing pleasure in Winchester Model 1895 7.62mm Russian Contract Rifle serial number 283932 1916 production and falls within the serial number ranges 174,234-377,412 for the second contract of 200,000 rifles singed 27 August 1915 and completed deliveries by December 1916. Rifle has Russian “XN3” acceptance proof mark on the right side of the frame. It also probably served in the Bolshevik Revolution and Spanish Civil War.

 

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I am typically anti military rifles, mainly because majority are mausers (boring). But this thing is cool I am not familiar with them at all but I LIKE it. Super cool rifle Good for you, now I want one.

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Barrel/bore in good shape after hard service history:

 
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Nice rifle. Not much on military rifles either but I like this one.

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Here are two photos of Russian troops armed with these rifles; note soldier on left in first photo loading rifle with 5-round stripper clip:

 

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Per Cody Firearms Records WINCHESTER MODEL 1895 – SERIAL NUMBER 283932 applied on May 20, 1916.6

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VA:

Contrary to others, I am REALLY BIG on U.S. martially marked arms.  Your Russian musket (even though not U.S. marked) is a very nice example of those sent to the Kremlin.  Most are really ratty given their period and location of use.  Nice Winchester historical piece.  Right-Lockplate-II.jpgImage EnlargerThanks for sharing!

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VA:

That’s a very nice Russian Musket.  Rick’s right that there aren’t a lot of them out there in nice condition.  Here are a couple of well-used examples of martially marked 1895 muskets.  IMG_0407.JPG.jpgImage EnlargerIMG_0405.JPG.jpgImage Enlarger

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Just saw a military rifle I rather liked, it’s an 1895 Texas National Guard SRC. It was in the Menger Bar, interesting place to find an old Winchester.

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TXGunNut said
Just saw a military rifle I rather liked, it’s an 1895 Texas National Guard SRC. It was in the Menger Bar, interesting place to find an old Winchester.  

That sounds like a very interesting gun.  I’d like to see it if I ever get to SA.  I really like guns with history.  Collector’s Firearms currently has an 1895 carbine and 1901 shotgun documented to a Texas Ranger, but the price is a little steep for my taste. 

In reality, the 1895’s were much more popular as military and police arms than they ever were commercially.  Nearly three quarters of production was in the Russian (293,000) and US (10,000) musket contracts.  National Guard units, many state prisons and the Texas and Arizona Rangers were all known to use 1895’s.  Even Pancho Villa armed his men with 1895 carbines, and while this wasn’t a military or police unit, it could certainly have been considered a paramilitary unit.

I’m sure it had something to do with the fact that the 1895 was produced in five military chamberings of the day (7.62x54r, 30-40 Krag, 30-03, 30-06 and 303 British) accounting for around 95% of production.  There were relatively few 95’s produced in the strictly commercial chamberings (35WCF, 405WCF, 38-72, 40-72).

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