- How It All Began
- A Classic Rifle
- Revamps and Revisions
- Model 94 Today
In 1893, Winchester’s ammunition division began experimenting with a new smokeless powder, loading cartridges with the powder which was less corrosive than the more traditional black powder. The smokeless powder contained more energy that allowed bullets to travel further, offering flatter trajectories and allowing hunters to tackle bigger game and much further ranges. The problem was, Winchester needed a rifle capable of handling the new smokeless powder.Browning, at the height of his career...
The Winchester Model 1894 was the first commercial American repeating rifle developed for smokeless powder. It was originally chambered to fire two metallic black powder cartridges – the .32-40 Winchester and .38-55 Winchester. In 1895, however, Winchester moved to a different steel material for rifle manufacturing allowing the rifle to be take on higher pressure rounds; thus, the Model 1894 was soon offered in .25-35 Winchester and .30-30 Winchester. The .30-30 Winchester, also known as the...
The Winchester Model 1894 underwent several revisions as time passed and the wants of consumers changed. Its first minor alteration came in the form of a name change around 1927. After its millionth production, Winchester shortened its name to simply the Model 94 – the same name still in production today.In 1964, the rifle underwent a revamp with a manufacturing change in order to bring down costs. Changes included replacing forged steel receivers and internal components with sintered steel i...
The Model 94 is still alive and well; though currently manufactured in Japan by Miroku and imported stateside by Browning. The Model 94 still continues its tradition of an easy-to-operate, lightweight rifle capable of downing deer or other targets in the field. A true iconic piece of American history, the Model 94 may have seen some questionable revisions in its history but, ultimately, has proved itself with a well-built design and reliable performance.
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The Model 94 over its long history included the Winchester Model 55, produced from 1924 through 1932 in a 24-inch (610 mm) barrel, and the Winchester Model 64, produced from 1933 through 1957 in 20, 24, and 26-inch (660 mm) barrel lengths.
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Based on a John M. Browning patent, Model 1894 was the most successful centerfire rifle Winchester ever produced. This model is still in production. Values given here reflect those rifles produced before 1964, or around serial number 2550000. Model 1894 was the first Winchester developed especially for the smokeless powder.
On August 21, 1894 Browning obtained patent number 524702 for the rifle, and by November the first Model 1894 Winchester rifles were made available to the public. Winchester began working on making...
My own.25-35 was made in 1898, a Winchester Model 1894 with a 26-inch octagon barrel, purchased off the used rack at Capital Sports & Western Wear in Helena, Montana, shortly before the announcement of the new Model 94’s.
Regardless, you may also be interested to know that the 25-35 WCF was chambered in the Model 1894 during the summer of 1895, and that the first 25-35 rifles went into the Winchester warehouse in July of 1895 according to research of the first 353,999 Model 1894 factory records published in the ARMAX Journal of the Cody Firearms Museum, Vol.V. of 1995, with the 25-35 WCF and 30 WCF appearing in the WRACo catalog No.55 of August, 1895.
Winchester Firearms Manufacturing Dates by Serial Number and Year 1866 through the early 1990s Below is the download link for a special resource for dating Winchester firearms. These pages were scanned from documents compiled over the years by the customer service department of Winchester Repeating Arms.
Winchester 1894 Takedown.32 Win Special caliber rifle. Made in 1911 with half tube magazine and half round/ half octagon barrel. Bore has strong rifling with frosting. Receiver has a gray patina, barrel has approximately 98% original finish.
Expertly made in Japan by Miroku—the same company that crafted the re-issues of the Winchester Models 1885, 1886, 1892, 1895, plus the Model 71 —both Custom Grade and High Grade rifles feature ...
Winchester 1894 94 Made 1907, 25-35 Octagon barrel, 26" NICE! GI#: 101599389 Winchester Model 1894, made in 1907. Factory finish on both wood and metal. 26" Rifle barrel, octagon.