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Old December 29, 2021, 09:35 PM   #1
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Winchester 1895 Slab-Side Carbine

I just purchased a Winchester 1895 slabside carbine (not a saddle-ring). For the life of me I cannot find any other slabside carbines listed anywhere. Serial says it was made in 1896. I paid $1900 for it. What did I just buy?
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Old December 31, 2021, 06:25 PM   #2
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Sounds like you got a peach, an early 1895. The early 1895s were slab sides, the scalloped receivers came out later. I lke the scalloped receivers myself, but you got a good price on a desirable gun. What chambering?
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Old January 4, 2022, 12:02 PM   #3
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Without purchasing some pricey documentation, I can't seem to find the number of slab-side 1895's manufactured as carbines.
One unconfirmed source mentioned that approximately 13% of the first 60K 1895's were carbines. This would put this gun at around 1 in 500 if true with the Type 1's. It's chambered in 30-40.

I'm sure I overpaid for it as the original bluing is only about 5% and it has an aftermarket Redfield sight, but I was in the market and had the cash. I have a Blue Book of Guns on the way, but I'm not very optimistic. I probably should have purchased one of the 1895 specific books instead.
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Old January 4, 2022, 04:25 PM   #4
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That is a rifle stock and foreend. I would call it a short rifle, not a carbine.
Ordered that way or shortened?
I think it got the ramp front sight, peep rear, and sling swivels aftermarket, maybe the barrel length, too.
A letter from the Cody museum is $75 which seems not pricey on a $1900 purchase.
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Old January 7, 2022, 09:57 AM   #5
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Ian McCollum of Forgotten Weapons has a very good vid about the Win 1895. Worth a look.
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Old January 7, 2022, 10:36 AM   #6
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