Here is one of my top 5 favorite rifles, and probably the most scarce rifle I own. The Czar contract Winchester Model 1895 chambered for 762x54r. The Winchester 1895 is a lever-action rifle manufactured by Winchester in the early 19th century, and is he brain child of John Browning. Between 1915 and 1917 approximately 300,000 M1895's were manufactured for the army of the Russian Empire, accounting for about 70% of total production of the rifles prior to 1936 when the M1895 was discontinued. Of these 300,000 rifles, only about 294,000 made it to Russia, about 6,000 were sunk on their across the Ocean. Chambered in 7.62×54mmR, these versions were unusual for a lever-action rifle in that they also had a charger guide, allowing the M1895 rifle to be reloaded by the same charger clips used in the Mosin–Nagant. Rifles made for the Russian contract had a longer than standard barrel fitted with an extended forestock and bayonet lug. Initial delivery of the rifles was delayed because adaptation to Russian standards, particularly the charger guide, proved more difficult than expected. Additional delays resulted from incompetent and obstructive Russian inspectors, who refused to use Winchester-made test gauges despite no Russian gauges existing, and often rejected rifles for irrelevant flaws such as wood grain in the stock being insufficiently straight. If a rifle was accepted, it has the [Xn3] mark on both the receiver and barrel, which can be seen on this rifle. Russia issued many of their Winchester Model 1895 rifles to troops from Finland and the Baltic states, especially the Latvian Riflemen. At least 9,000 Model 1895 rifles are known to have been provided by the Soviet Union in 1936 to the Spanish Republicans for use in the Spanish Civil War.
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