Winchester model 94 serial number dating
The early model 99Bs, Cs, Ds and Es are a very rare find.Well start with the model 99B, although the earlier 99Bs are twins to the 1899A T/Ds they later were made with a 24 barrel, crescent butt plate and a ramped front sight.The forearm is very slender and rises to the receiver very sharply.Underneath the barrel youll most likely find a J or JM signifying that it was made by John Marlin who built the first 5000 rifles for John Savage. Well try to get through the early 1899s without you confusing to much.They were the basic package, nothing fancy or different from normal guns of the day.The common sight was a Rocky Mountain front sight which mostly all the 1899s were wearing back then, the rear sight on the 1899A was a Rocky Mountain sporting rear, some were just a notch and others had a sliding notch with a small set screw beside it.
Some had hard rubber plates and some wore the regular steel plate.They featured flip up military style rear sights and wore a carbine butt stock with its rack number stamped on top of the butt plate. The early 1899Fs were completely different from its later namesakes.First off the 1899F was a carbine, fitted with a carbine stock and a 20 standard weight barrel.Same goes for the model 1899A in T/D and the early model 99B, both identical guns but dating them or lettering the gun will be the key point in discovering what model you have.Some of the early 1899Hs came with a rear sight called the 21B, it will have a small disk on the front of the sight and is a dead giveaway that you have an 1899H, the 1899Fs also used this rear sight but the saddle ring means its an 1899F. The early 99 models are very hard to find except for the 99Fs and 99Gs.
If you ever get a chance to go through a vintage 1900 Savage catalog youll notice there are no model designations but are discerned by barrel lengths and wood differences.