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Strange front sight on a Winchester Deluxe 1894. Homemade?
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January 19, 2024 - 1:54 pm
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tionesta1 said
https://www.gunsinternational.com/guns-for-sale-online/rifles/winchester-rifles-model-1894-pre-64/winchester-model-1894-deluxe-rifle-30-wcf-26-quot-1-2-octagon-barrel.cfm?gun_id=102565425#lg-6

I know I’ve seen this rifle somewhere before.

  

Hi Al, 

This gun passed thru Don Grove’s hands a few years ago.  I remember that odd front sight and “Etc.” in the letter (which turns me off to some degree).  Nice looking deluxe 1894 nonetheless.

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January 19, 2024 - 1:56 pm
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Can’t recall seeing that front sight before but I like the looks of it. Good looking rifle. The “etc” is intriguing.

 

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The sight looks gunsmith made to me.  

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steve004 said
The sight looks gunsmith made to me. 

Very possibly, but was a highly skilled one who did it; a “semi-globe,” serving no purpose but to obfuscate the target.  “Etc.” means “is it quitting time yet?”

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deerhunter said

tionesta1 said

https://www.gunsinternational.com/guns-for-sale-online/rifles/winchester-rifles-model-1894-pre-64/winchester-model-1894-deluxe-rifle-30-wcf-26-quot-1-2-octagon-barrel.cfm?gun_id=102565425#lg-6

I know I’ve seen this rifle somewhere before.

  

Hi Al, 

This gun passed thru Don Grove’s hands a few years ago.  I remember that odd front sight and “Etc.” in the letter (which turns me off to some degree).  Nice looking deluxe 1894 nonetheless.

Don

  

Don,

You’re right, that’s where I’ve seen this rifle.

Al

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clarence said

steve004 said

The sight looks gunsmith made to me. 

 “Etc.” means “is it quitting time yet?”

  

Well said!  Sure does leave the door wide open…for the past, present, and future!

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Maybe Etc. is refering to the Lyman receiver sight? It does look factory installed.

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tionesta1 said
Maybe Etc. is refering to the Lyman receiver sight? It does look factory installed.

  

Very possible, since I see the two dots present, but maybe those sling swivel studs ( or any other skilled alteration) that are not installed yet are “factory original” too.  Sorry for being sarcastic, but just proving a point.

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Funny. Yes open to interpretation. 

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To me, that front sight looks more like the work of a blacksmith than Winchester Repeating Arms Company.  YMMV

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