Antique WINCHESTER Model 1885 LOW WALL .22 SHORT Rimfire Single Shot Rifle
John M. Browning’s First Design and Patent! Made 1891
Here we present an antique Winchester Model 1885 Low Wall Rifle, chambered in .22 Rimfire, made in 1891 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.
Just as .22 rifles are a right of passage today, so it would have been in 1891. Learning, hunting, and target practice were all practical applications for this rifle, for shooters large and small.
The overall condition is very good. The action is strong. The bore is bright. Just what you’d expect from Winchester, a very solid rifle!
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Barrel is 24-3/8 inches.
Caliber: .22 Rimfire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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