US MARKED Winchester 1885 Low Wall WINDER Musket
Scarce Example w/ US Ordnance Flaming Bomb Marks
Here we present a Winchester 1885 Low Wall “Winder” Musket, chambered in .22 Rimfire Short, made circa 1918 in New Haven, Connecticut. Ironically, this was Winchester’s first single shot rifle, the company having been founded on its winning lever action repeater design. John Moses Browning, the famed gun designer who forever changed the firearms landscape, began his career with this rifle in the 19th Century before dominating the world scene in the 20th Century.
This example is one variant known as the “Winder Musket”, which was heavily influenced by Colonel C. B. Winder for use as a training rifle for troops. The idea was that it be a full-sized rifle chambered in .22 Rimfire Short so that the trainee get the weight and feel of a rifle of heavier caliber and the recoil and thrift of .22 Rimfire. This rifle was one of only about 11,000 to be purchased by the U.S. Ordnance Department from 1918-1919. It was replaced shortly by bolt action .22s, as the bolt action was the action of the day.
The rifle features a nice bull barrel, sling swivels, and a receiver mounted peep sight. The Ordnance Department’s “US/Flaming Bomb” is marked behind the hammer on the frame. The frame tang is marked “TRADE MARK/WINCHESTER/REG.US.PAT.OFF&FGN.” The barrel is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO/NEW HAVEN CONN. U.S.A. PATENTED OCTOBER 7 1879”. The left side of the breech end of the barrel is marked “.22 SHORT”.
The overall condition of this scarce training rifle is fine. The blue finish is 90%. The markings are clear. The walnut stock is very good with some signs of handling. The bore is bright. The action is excellent.
This firearm is classified as a Curio & Relic.
Barrel is 28 inches in length.
Caliber: .22 Short
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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