Factory Lettered 1903 WINCHESTER M1895 Lever Action Rifle .35 WCF C&R
First Year for .35 Winchester Cartridge
Here we present a Winchester Model 1895 Rifle in .35 WCF, manufactured in on the last day of 1903 in New Haven, Connecticut and shipped 29 January of 1904, according to the accompanying Cody Firearms Museum archive letter. The Model 1895 was the first Winchester rifle to feature a box magazine located underneath the action instead of the tubular magazine design, which had remained fundamentally unchanged from the Winchester 1866. This allowed the rifle to safely chamber military and hunting cartridges with spire-point bullets. The M1895 was also the last of the lever-action rifles to be designed by John Moses Browning and featured a rear locking bolt as in his previous designs dating back to the Winchester 1886. The M1895 was the strongest lever-action rifle Winchester had produced, designed to handle the increased pressures generated by the more powerful smokeless powder cartridges entering common use at the time of its introduction.
The Model 1895 rifle is most commonly associated today with former President Theodore Roosevelt and the Battle of San Juan Hill in Cuba during the Spanish-American War. However, it was also used by many famed hunters and adventurers, to include Martin and Osa Johnson, Charles Cottar, and author Stewart Edward White. Gerrit Forbes, first cousin of Franklin D. Roosevelt, recommended the M1895 to Theodore Roosevelt who took two M1895 chambered in .405 rifles with him on his 1909 safari to East Africa.
This one was one of the first chambered in the new .35 WCF cartridge which debuted in 1903. This was a medium bore cartridge that filled the gap nicely between the .30-40 Krag and the mighty .405 WCF that was to come in 1904, which was Teddy’s favorite.
The overall condition is fine. Fantastic original blued finish. The action is crisp. The bore is bright with sharp rifling. Smooth and solid walnut stock. An innovative design by none other than John Moses Browning, a history of usage by many of the top hunters of the early-20th Century!
This firearm is classified as a Curio & Relic.
Barrel is 24 inches.
Caliber: .35 WCF
Overall condition as seen in photos.
Very Fast. Very Safe. FREE SHIPPING. Will need to be sent to your local FFL or C&R licensee. This firearm is classified as a Curio & Relic.
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