To commemorate this occasion, Winchester produced a run of fancy Model 94 rifles.
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These were based on post Model 94's actions with a gold plated receiver and forend cap, brass Lismore ladyboy sites curved buttplate, saddle ring, and a heavy octagon barrel with a full length magazine that was nicely polished and deeply blued. The straight hand stock was select walnut.
All were in caliber. There were rifle 26" and carbine 20" barrel lengths, and sets of rifle and carbine with consecutive serial numbers were also offered.
The point to all of the gold and brass was to make the Centennial reminiscent of the brass framed Winchester "Yellow Boy" rifle that was Winchester's first product. I believe that Winchester intended to make something like 44, of these Centennial '66 Model 94's. But a surprising consumer demand, and Winchester's desire to make a buck, resulted in a final combined production total ofrifles and carbines.
The Centennial '66 was quite a hit, and a highly engraved version shared the cover of the Gun Digest with an 1966 Melton model 94 highly engraved Model Winchester. These Centennial '66 rifles and carbines generally showed a high order of fit and finish. White pond spa Adelaide receiver was 24 carat gold plated inside and out, so they were pretty with the action open.
Here are the basic specifications of the Centennial '66 Rifle:. Winchester had issued a factory commemorative inthe Wyoming Diamond Jubilee 94 Carbine, of which only were.
So the Centennial '66 was their first big commemorative issue. Its startling success paved the way for a long series of commemorative models honoring the Canadian Centennialvarious U.
Some of these were quite a stretch the Cowboy Commemorative Carbine ofor the Antlered Game Carbine offor example Gay corning Mosman laid bare the greed behind the whole commemorative business. Of course, in when the Centennial '66 was released, all of that was in the unknown future. Winchester's th birthday was an event worth commemoration by the Company.
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To this day most have never been fired, nor even had their actions cycled. Collectors purchased most EMlton '66 rifles and carbines. To retain its collector's value a commemorative firearm must remain in "new in the box" condition. A shame, as these are good shooting guns, but a questionable investment. That sounds like pretty 1966 Melton model 94 appreciation until you factor in the inflation that has occurred since !
I purchased a Centennial '66 rifle in It was new, of course, but I bought the rifle to shoot, not collect. I will admit that its spectacular looks didn't hurt. That was the year that their revised for cheaper manufacture line of firearms was introduced. Unfortunately, the revisions included the Model 94 lever action rifle. You Darwin online computer store to understand that the Model 94 was an icon amongst lever action rifles and the standard of comparison at the time.
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The reaction from gun writers and the shooting public to the changes was swift and terrible, and Winchester has never regained their former position of dominance. Ultimately, inOlin Corporation struck a licensing agreement with United States Repeating Arms to manufacture Winchester firearms, which were no longer a profitable line for Olin.
In a few years Olin was out of the gun business. Olin still manufactures Winchester ammunition.
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From to the Model 94 lever action rifle had been manufactured using high quality forged steel parts and stocked in genuine American black walnut. The metal finish was a highly polished blue and in the later part of that era the stock had a gloss finish.
1966 Melton model 94 was a very solid and handsome rifle, a legend in its own time, and an American icon. It was also the world's most popular sporting rifle, and still is with over 5, sold by The changes to the Model 94 were relatively minor, but never the less devastating to the 94's 1966 Melton model 94.
Stamped sheet steel My Blacktown girl and i were substituted in non-critical areas for formerly forged steel parts. The most visible of these was the shell carrier, which raised cartridges from the magazine to the breech, and stood out like a sore thumb every time the action was operated. The loading gate became a stamped and riveted part, which was also obvious.
And hollow steel roll pins, which just plain looked cheap, replaced the solid steel action pins. These were not the only changes, but they were the most obvious changes Escorts back page Blacktown, as I recall, the ones which drew the most criticism. ❶You have to understand that the Model 94 was an icon amongst lever action rifles and the standard of comparison at the time.
It is essentially a cheap version of the Trapper Carbine. We can also ship to a FFL dealer. In fact, the most accurate Model 94 I have ever owned was a beautifully finished Centennial commemorative model, complete with stamped parts and roll pins. Winchester's Model 94 remains one of the best of the breed. Ranger models are supplied with a "hardwood" not walnut stock and an inferior finish. I 1966 Melton model 94 worked up Escort Melbourne model reload using the grain Speer Plinker RN bullet in front of Maybe I had a premonition that someday I would write this piece!
And hollow steel roll pins, which just plain looked cheap, replaced the solid steel action pins. The most visible of these was the shell carrier, which raised cartridges from the magazine to the breech, and stood out like a sore thumb every time the action was operated.|Condition: This Winchester 94 is in excellent shape. The stock and for-end look good with some minimal wear from normal handling.
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