View Full Version : Winchester Model 1894 serial number

December 1, 2000, 06:11 PM
I have my grandfather's model 94 in 32WinSp. I have been using it recently, so it stimulated my curiosity as to its age. The barrel has been replaced by an uncle sometime in the pre-1960 past, so I think the value is low. However the serial number is 195,xxx, so the rest of the gun must be quite old. Is there a serial number list somewhere that will pin down the date of manufacture?

It also has a folding rear peep sight mounted on the stock, behind the hammer. Was this a factory option? It makes for very fast and accurate sighting.

Steven Mace
December 1, 2000, 11:51 PM
Drothen, your Winchester Model 1894 was made in 1900 based on the serial number you've provided. The most common version of the Model 1894 was the Standard Sporting Rifle. This had a 26" barrel(round, octagon, or half-octagon) with a 2/3, 1/2 or full length magazine, blued finish and a plain straight or pistol grip walnut stock & forearm. I do believe a peep sight was offered as a factory option. To give you and idea of value at 90% it could be worth about $1,125, about $925 at 80% and about $850 at 70%. Premiums would be added for a takedown version or a deluxe model. Hope this helps!

Steve Mace

December 3, 2000, 07:24 PM
Thanks, Steve.

I really enjoy shooting that rifle. If it was 90% I would have to put it away. However the value to me is sentimental, so I really appreciate the info.