c1888 mfr. WINCHESTER Model 1885 LOW WALL .32 Short Rimfire Rifle Antique
Octagonal Barrel Single Shot Rifle Made in 1888!
Here we present an antique Winchester Model 1885 Low Wall Rifle, chambered in .32 Short Rimfire, made in 1888 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. Here is a nice Low Wall Sporting rifle in an excellent caliber.
The overall condition is very good. Original blue finish and case colors. Excellent action. Nice bore: reflective with sharp rifling. Solid walnut stock with a few touches of filler around the top receiver tang and the toe of the butt stock. Markings are sharp. Here is a fantastic example of a low wall from Winchester!
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Barrel is 26 inches.
Caliber: .32 Short Rimfire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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