Review of article on the Real Guns online magazine.
One of the less familiar but most innovative lever-action designs by John M. Browning was the Winchester Model 1895. The last lever-action rifle designed by the Master, it was optimized for two of the most important ballistic developments of the late 19th century – sharply pointed spritzer bullets and smokeless powder.
Recently Real Guns published an excellent online article covering the colorful history of this classic lever-action rifle, and did a test of the current Model 1895 chambered in 30-40 Krag that’s part of the Historic Series from Winchester Repeating Arms.
“…The quality of their product is flawless."
We won’t give away all the details from the Real Guns online feature, but it has some great historic background on the Model 1895 including Teddy Roosevelt, San Juan Hill, safaris in Darkest Africa and arming troops of the Russian Empire during the War to End All Wars.
Here’s a few snippets about their test of this legendary rifle:
“Winchester has done an excellent job of reviving historically significant firearms, like the Model 1895… .”
“Clearly a rifle made to hunt deer, elk and moose... black bear and hogs. It is a fast handling and cycling firearm.”
“The modern Winchester Model 1895 is true to the original, with only very minor tweaks…. .”
“…The quality of their product is flawless. Bluing is a very deep, almost black gloss blue. Wood finish is always uniform satin with the look and feel of a rubbed oil finish. Firearms are tight assemblies that function smoothly with the feel of a hand fitted firearm. Even the packaging and instruction booklets that accompany each firearm is high grade. …a terrific job of perpetuating (a) very traditional and historical product.”
So if these tasty little tidbits leave you wanting to know more about this legendary rifle from Winchester Repeating Arms, you should take in the whole Real Guns feature article at