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    Winchester 1894 ww1 issue could be one of a kind.

    It just doesn't get better than this. (Except, maybe the guy who thought his Winchester 1894 commemorative was solid gold.)



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    Well, we don't get so many neat guns here in Canadaicon and some guys flip.

    Here's a thread about them and we've discussed them too. Winchester 1894 Saddle Ring Carbine: Belgian Congo? - Shooters Forum
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    I have owned a couple of Belgian 94 carbines neither of them had Britishicon proofs just the Belgian Liege proof they also had a sling attachment on the forend that looked like a homemade band quite similar to that on the 2nd WW PCMR carbines. There are lots of oddities in Winchester collecting. The $35 g's is a stretch!

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    Here's a video that has more detail about this carbine.

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    Winchester 94 from a Frenchicon contract. OK, understood that.
    But what I don't follow is

    "the second set of proofs would be from the "Guns For Britain" emergency after Dunkirk and being taken into service, being surplussed after use ended..."

    as a deduction from the mere existence of Britishicon civilian proofs. Please explain!

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    "Isn't that how it's done?"

    Er, sorry Jim, but not according to P.107 of Wirnsberger "Standard Directory of Proof marks".

    The "Not English Make" was to be marked on foreign-made barrels proofed in Englandicon. And foreign-made guns imported into England would have to be proofed before they could enter the English market***. I.e. proof on entry, otherwise any old junk could be imported and put onto the English market.

    "You know about the proofing that takes place before a firearm can be exported from the UK".
    Sorry, I don't. Proofing only if the gun was exported would make nonsense of the basic concept of British proofs to protect users in Britain.

    "The second set of proofs..." There is no second set. There is only one set of recognized proof marks - the British civilian proof in combination with the "Not English Make" as required by the Rules of Proof of 1925. Any Winchester factory proofs, not being recognized by the English proof house, would be regarded as no more than inspection marks applied by the manufacturer, not recognized proof marks.

    Anyway, what has that to do with "Guns for Britain", Dunkirk etc? I just do not see any connection being demonstrated by those proof marks. I see just an unusual gun that was imported post-1925 and proofed and marked in accordance with the Rules of Proof applying at the time.

    We are often reminded to "buy the gun, not the story" and I feel that this is such a case.



    *** "The first marking of "Not English Make" is done when it comes to UK for service" ??? Source???
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    In "The Winchester Book" by Madis, I believe he indicates some pre-WW1 Model 94's went to Englandicon after receiving Dominion of Canadaicon proofs. I have one such rifle and would value it at about ?- maybe $750? No other (commercial) proofs on it and I don't imagine there's any way to verify that it ever left North America.

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