c1887 Antique WINCHESTER Model 1885 LOW WALL .32 Short SINGLE SHOT Rifle
HUNTING/SPORTING RIFLE Made in 1887
Here we present an antique Winchester Model 1885 Low Wall Rifle, chambered in .32 Short, made in 1887 in New Haven, Connecticut. This rifle features a 24” octagonal #1 barrel. This rifle has a nice, handy weight and balance as well as a nice trigger.
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.
The overall condition is very good. Original blue finish and muted case colors. The action is excellent. The bore is in good condition for age with still strong rifling with a frosted appearance throughout. The walnut stock remains smooth and solid, very nice for the age and use.
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Barrel is 24 inches.
Caliber: .32 Short (Rimfire)
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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