1898 mfr. .30-40 KRAG WINCHESTER Model 1895 Lever Action Rifle GOVT Antique
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Here we present an antique Winchester Model 1895 Lever Action Rifle, manufactured in 1898 in New Haven, Connecticut, and chambered in .30 US, also known as the .30-40 Krag. The Winchester archive letter from the Cody Firearms Museum confirms the manufacture date as January 24, 1898, the caliber, and the fact that this was a “new system” gun, meaning that the receiver was not the earlier “flat side” variant.
The Model 1895 was the first Winchester rifle to feature a box magazine located underneath the action instead of the tubular magazine design, which had remained fundamentally unchanged from the Winchester 1866. This allowed the rifle to safely chamber military and hunting cartridges with pointed bullets. The M1895 was also the last of the lever-action rifles to be designed by John Moses Browning and featured a rear locking bolt as in his previous designs dating back to the Winchester 1886. The M1895 was the strongest lever-action rifle Winchester had produced, designed to handle the increased pressures generated by the more powerful smokeless powder cartridges entering common use at the time of its introduction.
There were 425,881 Model 1895s produced. The serial number on this rifle is 5972. At around serial number 5000, a new receiver profile was introduced which had fluted sides, as opposed to the original flat sided design. This new receiver reduced the weight of the rifle by a small amount and increased the width by 1/16 of an inch.
The Model 1895 rifle in .30 US is most commonly associated today with former President Theodore Roosevelt and the Battle of San Juan Hill in Cuba during the Spanish-American War. However, it was also used by many famed hunters and adventurers, to include Martin and Osa Johnson, Charles Cottar, and author Stewart Edward White. Gerrit Forbes, first cousin of Franklin D. Roosevelt, recommended the M1895 to Theodore Roosevelt who took two M1895 chambered in .405 rifles with him on his 1909 safari to East Africa.
The overall condition is very good. This rifle was re-barreled and they stayed with the .30-40 Krag cartridge as it had been from the factory. Robust action. Bright bore with sharp rifling. The buttstock is solid and the forearm is a replacement to fit the later barrel. Hand checkered wrist. The front sight ramp was also filed by hand to have the serrations on the ramp.
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Barrel is 23-3/4 inches.
Caliber: .30 US (30-40 Krag)
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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