Winchester Model 1895 in .30-40 Krag
A historical and unique lever action rifle, 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 spitzer (pointed) bullets.
The Model 1895 was also the last of the lever-action rifles to be designed by John Browning, and featured a rear locking bolt as in his previous designs dating back to the Winchester 1886. The Model 1895 is the strongest lever-action rifle Winchester has 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 rifle is most commonly associated today with former President Theodore Roosevelt; however, it was also used by many other famed hunters and adventurers, to include Martin and Osa Johnson, Charles Cottar, and author Stewart Edward White. Garrit Forbes, hunting companion of W. D. M. Bell, first cousin of Franklin D. Roosevelt, and long time personal friend of gun writer and firearms enthusiast Elmer Keith—recommended the M1895 in .405 Winchester to Theodore Roosevelt
The 1895 was a very popular rifle for hunting as well as amongst numerous militaries during the early 20th century including the UK, the USA, Russia and Finland. Due to the strong action and wide amount of countries wanting to use the 1895, it was available in a wide amount of calibers including 7.62×54R, .303 British, .30-03, .30 Army, .30-06, .35 Winchester, .38-72 Winchester, .40-72 Winchester and .405 Winchester.
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Deluxe Special Order Winchester 1873 Sporting Rifle in .38WCF with a 26” half octagonal barrel and was shipped from the Winchester warehouse on May 6, 1892.
This rifle has the Third Model receiver with integral dust cover rail and dust cover with serrated rear edges. The receiver has the rounded top found on .38, .32, and .22 caliber Model 1873 rifles.
The 1873 was a high quality and iconic lever action repeater which was very popular during the Taming of the Western Frontier in the late 1800's. Winchester allowed customers to full customise their rifle from the factory with different kinds and grades of wood for the furniture, calibers, barrel lengths and profiles, magazine tube sizes, different sights and the choice between a straight stock or pistol grip. This level of customisation allowed a customer to easily buy a version of the 1873 for their use and preference.
The 1873 provided law enforcement, outlaws, mountain men, ranchers and homesteaders with a handy and versatile rifle which held a lot more rounds and could fire much faster than a black powder muzzleloading rifle or a breach loading single shot commonly used at the time.
These early lever actions didn't have very strong actions which resulted in them mostly being chambered in revolver/pistol calibers such as .44-40, .38-40, etc. This limited their effective range and stopping power which made muzzleloaders and breach loading rifles popular amongst large game hunters, however they could still be used against smaller game and were a better choice for a defensive gun.
The 1873 used the same simple, reliable and smooth toggle-link action used in the Henry 1860 and Winchester 1866 yet used a stronger steel frame which allowed it to use different calibers other than .44 Henry Rimfire.
The Winchester '73 is still a popular rifle today amongst cowboy action shooters and target shooters.
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