Antique TEDDY ROOSEVELT Favorite WINCHESTER Model 1895 Lever Action Rifle Early Production Repeating Rifle in .30 US (.30-40 Krag)
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Category: Winchester Rifles - Model 1895 - Winchester Rifles - Antique Lever
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Antique TEDDY ROOSEVELT Favorite WINCHESTER Model 1895 Lever Action Rifle
Early Production Repeating Rifle in .30 US (.30-40 Krag)
Here we present an antique Winchester Model 1895 lever action repeating rifle manufactured in 1897 in New Haven, Connecticut, and chambered in .30 US, also known as the .30-40 Krag.
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 pointed 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.
There were 425,881 Model 1895s produced. The serial number on this rifle is 5765. At around serial number 5000, a new receiver profile was introduced which had fluted sides, as opposed to the original flat sided design. This new receiver reduced the weight of the rifle by a small amount and increased the width by 1/16 of an inch.
The Model 1895 rifle in .30 US 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.
The overall condition is Fine. The action is excellent. The bore is bright and shiny. Lots of original blue finish. The upper tang has been drilled and tapped for a tang-mounted peep. This one features a modified ramped sight on the front and a Lyman open semi buckhorn receiver sight on the rear. A truly fine antique Winchester rifle indeed! This 1895 Winchester has a bit of everything going for it: 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, an early issue, and chambered in a neat old cartridge that is still available today!
Own the original! This is a legitimate antique and not a reproduction.
Barrel is 28 inches.
Caliber: .30 US (30-40 Krag)
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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