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Winchester 94 pre 64 through "W" stamped on bottom the receiver

Postby duke7298 » Tue Nov 16, 2010 1:27 pm

I just purchased a Winchester 94 v a 1943 serial number. But, unlike any kind of other 94"s the I have seen this one has a "W" stamped top top the bottom the the receiver below the serial number and also just front of wherein the lever cut out starts. Go anyone have any idea what the "W" stamp might indicate? Serial # is 123726XThanks!

Re: Winchester 94 pre 64 with "W" stamped on bottom the receiver

Postby Mike D.

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» Tue Nov 16, 2010 2:36 pm

Model 94s with the last marked tang type(7) were regularly stamped v either stamped v either an "M" or a "W" top top the recipient bottom automatically forward of the lever. The serial numbers for these weapons seem to run approximately 1,100,000 to 1,300,000. The is just one more factory stamping and also I don"t think that it means anything in particular.

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Re: Winchester 94 pre 64 v "W" stamped ~ above bottom of receiver

Postby Pete44ru » Tue Nov 16, 2010 5:26 pm

FWIW, plenty of collectors believe the "W" signified a factory reblued gun, found only in the small serial number range between 1,150,000-1,300,000 - when a bigger "W", regularly filled v red paint and also either in recipient or share or both, suggest a manufacturing facility exhibition gun..

Re: Winchester 94 pre 64 v "W" stamped ~ above bottom that receiver

Postby John in MS » Tue Nov 16, 2010 7:04 pm

What Pete44RU said. This originates from Robert Renneburg"s book on the Winchester 94, and while there"s apparentlyno hard proof that the stamp method a manufacturing facility reblue, speculation is the there may have actually beena bad batch the bluing salt or other in the serial number range, as many are concentrated in the range. I acquired to an extremely carefully examine one of these. It was as close to factory-new as you"ll ever see,but to be a definite, perfect re-blue, based on smoothness of the proof-mark stampings, etc.Wood was museum grade, v blue ~ above the rear of the buttplate intact and also silver ~ above the sides, etc. Of interest, the "W" mark was stamped after rebluing, as it had white steel showingin the bottom of the stamp and you can feel the it had not been sleek over. It was a gorgeous gun, and also I think an un-messed with, unused factory reblue.John
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