What is my Winchester 1894 Worth?

The Winchester Model 1894 is widely considered as one of the most famous and popular hunting rifles of all time. The lever-action repeating rifle was designed by John Browning in 1894.The Winchester 94 was produced by the Winchester Repeating Arms Company through 1980 and then by the U.S. Repeating Arms under the Winchester brand until they ceased manufacturing rifles in 2006. Reproductions are now being made by the Miroku Company of Japan and are being imported into the U.S. by Browning.

Historical Context

The Winchester 1894 was the first commercial American repeating rifle built that used a smokeless powder. It was originally chambered to fire two metallic black powder cartridges, .32-40 Winchester and .38-55 Winchester. In 1895 Winchester began manufacturing rifles with a different steel composition that could handle higher pressure rounds and began to chamber the rifle in.25-35 Winchester and .30-30 Winchester. That .30-30 Winchester, or .30 WCF (Winchester Centerfire) has become the cartridge that is now synonymous with the Winchester 1894.

The combination of powerful firepower in a compact, lightweight, easy-to-carry and quick-shooting ability made the Winchester 94 an extremely popular hunting rifle. As a result of its’ popularity, it became the first sporting rifle to sell more than 7,000,000 units. The millionth model was given to President Calvin Coolidge in 1927, the 1,500,000th model was given to President Harry S. Truman and the 2,000,000th model was gifted to President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Determining Value

In mid-1964 the manufacturing of the Winchester 94 was changed in order to make the firearm less expensive to produce. Those models made before the change are referred to as “Pre-64” models and tend to warrant a much higher price point than those made after 1964. The limited number of those that were made before the manufacturing change in early 1964 are very desirable among collectors, as they are seen as the “end of an era”.

The Winchester 94 has made several appearances in popular culture in movies, television and video games. It has appeared in many movies including “Brokeback Mountain” and “Night at the Museum.” It has also been heavily featured in the tv series “Yellowstone.” This rifle has also been in both the “Final Fantasy” and “Call of Duty” video games series.

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