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Cody Firearms Museum

Makers
Lee, James, Paris Winchester Repeating Arms Co., New Haven, CT 967 American 350
Descriptions
finish 98 open 55 magazine 88 experimental 71 rear sight 51 military 37 stock 186 fixed 2 integrated box 6 repeating 61 blued 267 front sight 59 barrel bands secured by brass driftpins full length 4 except cast aluminum barrel bands and checkered buttplate bolt action 19 one-piece walnut 14
Names
firearm 4093
Use
bolt action 14 musket 82
Date:
ca. 1893
Dimensions:
L: 49.5 in, Barrel length: 29.25 in, H: 7 in
Credit Line:
Gift of Olin Corporation, Winchester Arms Collection
Gloss:
The Lee"Straight Pull" bolt action design was patented by James Paris Lee as a military arm. Winchester purchased production rights for the rifle and cartridge clip, and manufactured musket style arms for the U.S. Navy and limited numbers of sporting rifles. The military pattern was known as the U.S. Navy Rifle, Model 1895, caliber 6mm or .236 C.F. Many of these arms were use in the Spanish-American War. Very few Lee arms were made in sporting pattern. Factory records indicate that this unmarked rifle was made by James Paris Lee, and it was obtained for Winchester by George d. Seymour to be used in the Russel vs. WRA lawsuit. This unusual bolt action only had limited military and civilian acceptance--the .236 caliber was small, and somewhat ahead of its time. Not until the manufacture of the M-16 did the small (.223) caliber, high-velocity cartridge become popular. Magazine capacity: 5 cartridges.
Inscription:
NONE
Remarks:
Cataloged by BCD 4/91. Firearm has a crack running full length of hand guard. | Crack is now a split in the wood 02/23/2009.
Model:
Lee
Caliber/Gauge:
.236
Serial Number:
none
Accession Number:
1988.8.292

As of 06-14-2017 this object is on display in the Cody Firearms Museum.
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