Model 1885

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Winchester 1885 Single Shot Baby SRC .22 WCF s/n 102430 mfg 1907 – 15” round barrel; Lyman tang sight; spirit level rear; Lyman combination front sight; straight grain walnut stocks w/carbine buttplate. Receiver retains 80% coverage of original blue that has turned a thin plum patina; barrel retains 90% blue turning plum; stocks are sound with excellent wood to metal fit and have some dings, dents and mars, showing honest use but no abuse; action is mechanically excellent; bore is in very good condition and is considered an 8 on a scale of 1 to 10.

Baby, trapper, pony, sheriff, and lawman carbines are some of the names given to shorter than standard barrel length saddle ring carbines and short rifles. Predominantly in the models 1892 and 1894, we see very few in the models 1873, 1876, 1885 and 1886. The model 1892 has the largest number with 10,339 carbines and 8,296 rifles. Given the low estimated survival rate of 20%, we consider model 1892 trappers scarce. The total production of model 1885 trappers was 278 guns, with a survival rate of no greater than 25% or approximately 70 guns. In my 20 years of collecting rare Winchesters, this writer has only seen three of these guns (including this one) and has never seen nor heard of one in this caliber. This particular configuration—sight combination and caliber—is most likely unique and one-of-a-kind.


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