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WINCHESTER Model 1885 Low Wall WINDER Musket-Rifle Scarce Example w/ US Ordnance Flaming Bomb Marks
WINCHESTER Model 1885 Low Wall WINDER Musket-Rifle
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 1917 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 rear sight is a Lyman tang-mounted peep sight. The left side of the barrel is drilled and tapped for mounting an optic. This one is equipped with a single set trigger.
The overall condition is good. The steel parts bears some of the original blue finish with strong blue remaining where the receiver mounted sight once was. The markings are clear. The walnut stock is in very good shape. The bore is clean with nice rifling. The action is strong. The trigger must be “set” by pushing forward for the hammer to go into the cocked position to fire.
This firearm is classified as a Curio & Relic.
Barrel is 27 1/4 inches.
Caliber: .22 Short
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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