Most popular American civilian rifle in lever action perfection
Fairfax, Virginia - Guns that appear Curator's Corner are amongst the rare, the special, the uniqueness of offerings to be found here at the National Rifle Association. So when NRA Museum Senior Curator Philip Schreier broke out a 94 Winchester lever action, you knew it had to be more than a run of the mill rifle.
Sure that's tough to do when it comes to the most popular rifle in American history (Garands don't count - we're talking civilian rifles not military here), but when you have Phil then you always have a way.
"This is part of our Texas Rangers collection that Paul Champman of Plano, Texas, graciously donated to the NRA Museums," Schreier explained.
What makes this rifle special is the plaque along the side that reads:
Presented to Trenton Horton in appreciation for your outstanding service to the State of Texas as a Texas Ranger - first retired Texas Ranger Union, Waco, Texas, May 19, 1977"These guns are great and the 30-30 was immortalized by this lever action. It was the last gun Winchester Repeating Arms made in America before all that manufacturing closed up and went away."
A truly treasured piece of the NRA Museum collection.
To hear more, and see more, of this beautiful gun, tune in around 6:40pm eastern time this eventing to Sportsman Channel. Then you'll understand way Phil says "some of the guns you need to coax the stories out of them, some of them come with books attached."
Check out all the rifle, shotguns and pistol in the NRA National Firearms Museum collection at nramuseum.com