Winchester model 94 serial number dating
That said, I am still updating my personal database survey with additional verified numbers.
If anyone would like to contribute to the survey, please send me a PM.
Yours is one of the redos and is therfore less valuable than a "pre '64." This is the easiest way to check if one's Winchester 94 is a pre-64 or a post-64: The pre-64 will have a screw head visible in the bottom of the forward end of the lower lever link; the post-64 will not. 1922 - No gun can be evaluated w/o a full description of it's factory features and the remaining % of original factory finish on wood/metal, including any known defects like rust, cracks, dents, and it's mechanical operating condition.
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). I want to replace the barrel back to the 32 WS, and possibly have the rifle restored to the original specs back in 1901. If Rangr44's post is correct concerning when the first 32WS serial number was applied (May 4th, 1902), my rifle predates that serial number. While the original config can be restored with a .32 Special barrel, the originality of the gun cannot, since the original barrels were stamped with a date under the chamber - and finding an original .32 Special Carbine barrel with the proper date stamp would be like seeking a hen's tooth. The certificate states "No further information for this serial number is available".
It should now very clearly show the progression of verified dates of manufacture. I have a Winchester model 1894 saddle ring carbine in 32 Winchester Special. According to the post by Rangr44 on August 12, 2010, only 493 carbines had a pistol grip stock.