column By: Stan Trzoniec | May, 20
Over the years, there have been quite an assortment of special rifles from Winchester, especially lever actions. The newest variation – the 125th Custom – is by far the most handsome and ornate. Holding the rifle at arm’s length, the Grade V/VI wood accents the rifle perfectly. On my sample, the grain, color and figure are matched on both the buttstock and forearm, complete with an oil finish and a straight grip.
with a forearm band and polished crescent buttplate, these additions add to the overall presentation of the rifle.
However, the best part is the full coverage, hand engraved patterns on both sides of the receiver by Giovanelli of Italy. Combined with gold embellishments, the left side has the traditional “Horse and Rider” and the Winchester banner. Opposite that is the classic running deer scene, the 125th Anniversary banner and the signature of the engraver at the base of this handsome example of the engraver’s art.
Additional detailing includes highly polished and deeply-blued metalwork, a full octagonal barrel with special markings, semi-buckhorn rear and gold bead front sights. The .30-30 Winchester cartridge – a mainstay for deer hunters around the globe – finishes off this rifle in grand style.
The Winchester Model 94 . . . seven million copies and still going strong!