Antique WINCHESTER-LEE M1895 Straight Pull RIFLE
Model 1895 .236 USN Made in 1898
Here we present an antique Winchester-Lee Model 1895 Straight Pull Bolt Action Rifle, manufactured in 1898 in New Haven, Connecticut. The Lee was the design of James Paris Lee, formerly of Remington. The Lee Rifle competed in the 1894 Navy trials for a rifle for both the Navy and Marine Corps and won, being adopted as the Model 1895. Heretofore, the U.S. military had almost exclusively been using large bore, single-shot rifles with single action hammers, but times were changing. The Army picked the Krag-Jorgensen which proved to be the first successful bolt action, small bore rifle in U.S. military service, so it made sense that the Navy would want something to update from their Remington Rolling Block Rifles. The Winchester-Lee would not see nearly the numbers the Krag did due to manufacturing issues at Winchester. The Navy began additionally purchasing Krags in about 1900. Only about 20,000 were made altogether, with only about 1,700 of those being the Sporting Model.
The overall condition is very good. The metal surfaces have a smooth, even gray patina. The markings are clear and legible. The walnut stock is in good shape with a stable crack at the pistol grip, originating at the trigger guard tang screw. The bore is bright with sharp rifling. The action is excellent. Here is a neat example of an early bolt action design adopted by the US Navy!
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Barrel is 24 inches.
Caliber: .236 USN
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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