Model 1885

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Private Collection

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.

Private Collection

Winchester 1885 Single Shot High Wall Rifle .405 WCF s/n 105544 mfg 1907 ā€“ 24" #3-1/2 round barrel; blued receiver; case hardened hammer, lever, trigger & breech block; Marble ivory bead front, semi-buckhorn rear & Lyman combination tang sights; walnut stocks w/ebony insert schnabel forend & Winchester rubber shotgun buttplate. Overall condition is very fine; receiver retains 97% strong original blue with a series of small nicks on the right side and some flaking toward the top rear; barrel retains 97-98% strong original factory blue with a touched-up spot over a gouge on the left side about mid-point; breech block, lever & hammer retain faded case colors; stocks are sound with light nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of their original factory varnish; mechanics are crisp; bright shiny bore.M/p>

According to the Winchester factory records currently on file at the Cody Firearms Museum, this rifle is identified as a Rifle chambered in .50-110 Express; 26ā€³ #5 octagon barrel; plain trigger; no rear seat; rubber shotgun buttplate; received in the factory Jan. 28, 1909 and shipped the same day to order #190176; Returned and repaired Apr. 16, 1909, order #23543, Returned and repaired on January 11, 1910, order #27285; Returned and repaired on March 8, 1911, order #34771; with no indication of the work performed but it is likely during one of the returns, the caliber was changed to .405 WCF by way of a 24" #3-1/2 round barrel. A careful physical inspection of the barrel and frame reveals Winchester factory-quality work, including corresponding Winchester factory ā€œWPā€ proof marks on both barrel and frame, correct factory markings under the barrel and a proper factory milling machine rotary-cut front sight dovetail slot.


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