I had been wanting a model 1895 for some time now, but I admit I was a bit intimidated to hunt one down because I figured it would be hard and rather expensive. So I marked it down at the top of my "Wish I Had" list left it at that, and softly whined whenever I saw one in a book or a movie.
So my husband and I were visiting his grandparents in Colorado this holiday weekend, and we're poking through their garage. Grandparents always have neat, old, dusty things and you never know what you'll find. Everything in the garage looked like a time capsule from 1950...
And I look over, and there on the wall, just out of my reach...
"Hand me that, RIGHT OVER THERE!!!!"
My husband handed it down to me, and I held the rifle in my hands in disbelief. I rubbed off the caked-on dust to read the markings.
"7.62mm." YES! That was exactly what I was looking for, the model that Winchester made for the Russians in 7.62 x 54R. I already have ammo in that caliber, and lots of it.
We asked grandpa if we could buy it off of him, and he just brushed his hands at us and said to just take it. I was so giddy I wanted to jump up and down like a 3-year old.
The rifle was purchased by my husband's great-great uncle, and it passed on to my husband's grandpa, and from there it collected dust for decades.
So here's some pictures. It's well worn and required a lot of cleaning (and it still needs more). The bore looks good with minor corrosion.
The stock is not original - off a Swedish Mauser maybe? (Anybody know?) It's missing the stripper clip guide and a few screws. (Complete 1895 can be found here.)
Suggestions for locating missing pieces, including the bayonet, would be appreciated!