As many of you will undoubtedly note, the figures I have compiled below vary significantly from the numbers published by George Madis in his tomes "The Winchester Book" and "The Winchester Handbook".All of my statistical numbers were derived from a detailed survey (conducted by the Cody Firearms Museum) of the first 353,999 serial number records, and from the Polishing Room Serialization Record Books (held by the Cody Firearms Museum).The Polishing Room Serialization Record Books (PRSRBs) which contain nothing more than just the serial number, fortunately survive up to serial number 1,352,066, which was manufactured on December 29th, 1945. Winchester began producing Model 94s at an accelerated pace starting in 1935.For all of the many people who collect the Model 1894/94, this information should be both very enlightening and useful, and I highly encourage everyone to save a copy of it. (162,568) 1:5 (22.80%) was a 38-55 (80,734) 1:9 (11.31%) was a 32-40 (40,023) 1:9 (10.45%) was a 25-35 W. By the end of the year 1935, Madis' published DOM list and the PRSRB records only differ by just (17) serial numbers (1099625 versus 1099608), but they rapidly begin to diverge in the ensuing years. Carbine - serial number 22967, 8-27-1902 (by serial number order) 32 W. Carbine - serial number 142889, 5-10-1902 (by date order) The above information should allow anyone with a letterable Model 1894 (serial 1 - 353999) to very closely estimate the DOM.With its innovative Browning design action, the Model 1894 became the first Winchester specifically developed for smokeless powder. Army purchased 1,800 Model 1894 carbines on December 29, 1917 to help guard strategic defense industries in the Pacific Northwest.
For the past 5 years he has spent at least two weeks a year with a volunteer at the Cody Museum of Firearms research room.
As many special orders features were available, a variety of interesting configurations can be found in both rifles and carbines making the Model 1894 one of the most collectable of all Winchesters.
In 1964, major changes in the manufacturing process were adopted to lower production costs.
The post-64 Winchester model 94 begin with serial number 2,700,000.
Additionally, competition from other manufacturers like Marlin with their model 336, lever action, Winchester changed over from a top eject to an angle eject.