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Winchester-Lee Straight Pull Model 1895 U.S. Navy Rifle

  • Price: $3,295.00
  • Maker: Winchester
  • Model: Lee
  • Caliber: 6mm

  • Description: Serial #16123, 6mm Lee, 28” barrel with a very good bore that has some minor freckling within the grooves. This is a U.S.N. marked rifle (“-U.S.N.-/[anchor]/No. 16123/J.N.J.”) that has 80-85% of the original blue finish remaining, mostly on the receiver and magazine well, with the balance of the metal having developed a smooth plum-brown patina that has some minor silvering at the muzzle, front sight hood, bearing surfaces of the bolt, and along the raised edges and projections. The bolt handle has mostly flaked to a mottled brown color. This is a late production rifle with sight notch in the top of the bolt and screw head on the left side of the receiver. The action is tight and fully functional and the bolt slides smoothly within the receiver track. The walnut stock and handguard are in very good condition with numerous small handling marks and blemishes scattered evenly about the lightly sanded wood, which has a re-applied military oil finish. The rear QD sling swivel is no longer present (even though the base is) and the stock compartment is empty. These are interesting and significant arms (the only straight pull rifle built specifically for the U.S. government), and saw much service in Cuba, the Philippines, and the Boxer Rebellion. Although a good design, the rifle was handicapped by the usage of a small caliber bullet (.236 caliber) mated to black powder propellent, which fouled the bore very quickly during use. This example is in very good-near fine condition and would make a great addition to any collection. Antique