c1886 mfr Antique WINCHESTER 1885 LOW WALL .22 Short Rifle with SET TRIGGER
John M. Browning’s First Design and Patent!
Here we present an antique Winchester Model 1885 Low Wall Rifle, chambered in .22 Short Rimfire, made in 1886 in New Haven, Connecticut. The Model 1885 Single Shot rifle was famed gun designer John M. Browning’s first design and patent, and it was the first single shot to be built by Winchester. The patent for the Model 1885 rifle was what brought Browning and the Winchester Repeating Arms Company together for the beginning of their eventual 19-year association. Nearly 140,000 Model 1885s (both Low Walls and High Walls) were manufactured from September 1885 to June of 1920.
There were two basic frame types, referred to as “High Wall” and “Low Wall”, made. The frame types refer to the height of the receiver sides, and its relationship to the breech block. With the High Wall version, built for the more powerful cartridges, just the top of the breech block is visible when viewed from the side. The Low Wall, chambered for all of the various rim fire cartridges, and most of the pistol caliber center fire cartridges, exposes the upper 1/3 of the breech block.
This one features a 26” octagonal barrel chambered in .22 Short. Early serial number. Crescent butt plate. The trigger is a single set and it makes the trigger pull very light.
The overall condition is good. The action is excellent. The bore is good for its age with some wear to the rifling. It has obviously been well-used. The walnut stock has been modestly refinished. A nice early example of the Low Wall in .22 Short!
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Barrel is 26 inches.
Caliber: .22 Short Rimfire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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