Dating a winchester model 94
Records in the writer's possession show that two years production was recorded in 1890-1891, 1894-1895, 1912-1913.
Total guns produced is from 1890 to 1941 is 764,365 Serial number 1 thru 64,520 fall in the pre January 1 1899 serial number range These were manfactured in the following Calibers --22 Short ,22 Long Rifle, 22 Short , Long and Long rifle and 22 WRF.
Winchester found itself rapidly losing market share to the more modern designs.
Winchester engineer Thomas Crosley Johnson, a man credited with more than 120 patents and much of the groundwork that led to the legendary Model 70 rifle, was tasked to come up with this new hammerless model.
The 1894 was originally chambered to fire 2 metallic black powder cartridges, the .32-40 Winchester and .38-55 Winchester.
In 1895 Winchester went to a different steel composition for rifle manufacturing that could handle higher pressure rounds and offered the rifle in .25-35 Winchester and .30-30 Winchester.