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Extended Commentary ... Receiver and Markings



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Winchester Model '94 ... Pre-64

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I love handling this rifle ... manipulating the lever and listening _to the workings of the action.
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It feels so natural to cycle the action.
Then, to lower the hammer with my thumb after I've squeezed
_the trigger to release the hammer.

While I was in high school I worked in the gun department
_of Leonard's Department Store in downtown Fort Worth, Texas.
I had the privilege of handling many Winchester 94s - carbines, rifles,
_commemoratives - new and used.
Lots of Marlin's as well.
Technically, I knew the Marlin's were clearly superior.
But, my heart always drew me towards the 94s.

One day the department Manager, one Mr. Wayne Dingler,
_ordered me to assist in a transfer of firearms.
He didn't ask me. He didn't tell me. In no uncertain terms he said,
_"Martinez, come with me" - in my mind, this was an order.

I knew, right then and there, something special was up.
He had purchased a gun collection from the estate of a physician
_who had recently passed away.
And needed to move the firearms from the back of a company van
_to a storage area for inventory.

Later ... much later, I found-out the deceased doctor had been
_a former client of Mr. Dingler.
Mr. Dingler had seen fit to include me in this solemn procession
_and final dispersal of a rifleman's property.


The Good Doctor had accumulated a large cache of fine custom rifles
_and shotguns - plus about five pristine Winchester 94s.
I had to make at least five trips with a material cart from the van
_to the third story of our building - there were so many guns.

After my last trip, I noticed the resident shotgun salesman (I can't,
_for the life of me, remember his name) was examining the Winchesters.
As I continued my work I heard him (old shotgun guy) say
_to Mr. Dingler, "Wayne, these are all pre-64s."

When the shotgun guy left, I casually walked over to Mr. Dingler
_(he was not Wayne to me) and asked, "How did he (old shotgun guy)
_know all the Winchester 94's were pre-64s?"
Mr. Dingler fixed his gaze on me and said, "he felt it."

I didn't understand his encrypted statement.
And, judging by Mr. Dingler's expression, he intended it so.
Mr. Dingler should have just said, "Grasshopper, you have much to learn."
But, I wasn't about to display my profound ignorance by asking ... how or why.
You see, Mr. Dingler was my most significant sensei of firearms.

Instantly, it became my mission to find-out the technical/mechanical differences.
And, more importantly ... the tactile distinction between post
_and pre 64 Winchester lever actions.
I had a lot to learn about Winchesters.
Up until that day, I was biased towards Remington's.

Holding my Walther Lever CO2 Rifle reminded me of that episode
_one day long ago ... about 1966-67.
I think I'm going to keep this Walther for a while.
There may be more deeply recessed memories waiting
_to be resurrected by this airgun.

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