Antique WINCHESTER-LEE Model 1895 STRAIGHT PULL Bolt Action SPORTING Rifle SCARCE SPORTING Model 1895; 1 OF 1,700 and Made circa 1898
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Antique WINCHESTER-LEE Model 1895 STRAIGHT PULL Bolt Action SPORTING Rifle
SCARCE SPORTING Model 1895; 1 OF 1,700 and Made circa 1898
Here we present an antique Winchester-Lee Model 1895 Straight Pull Bolt Action Sporting Rifle, manufactured circa 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 action is strong and tight. The bore is bright with nice rifling. A hand engraved signature on the right side of the magazine is partially legible reading “Joan Jennings”. Lots of original blue and honest patina. A great piece of firearms history here!
Own the original! This is a legitimate antique and not a reproduction.
Barrel is 23 inches.
Caliber: .236 USN (6mm)
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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