Model 94 Returns!

Winchester's signature firearm, the lever-action Model 94, is being reborn this year to celebrate the 200th birthday of namesake Oliver Fisher Winchester. In 1862, Oliver Winchester agreed to market the Henry Rifle. Then in 1893 John M. Browning came along with a model that was the perfect match for the new 30-30 smokeless cartridge, and a legend was born. Winchester's commemorative Model 94 was unveiled at the SHOT Show in Vegas. The SHOT Show kicks off with a media day, this year held at Desert Sportsman's Rifle and Pistol Club outside Vegas.
Outdoor Life's Shooting Editor, John Snow, prepares to send the first of many .30-30 rounds down the range. The Model 94 High Grade has a 24-inch half-octagon blued barrel and deep scroll engraving on both sides of the silver nitride receiver.
A buckhorn rear sight is matched with Marble's gold-bead front sight.
The butter-slick lever action remains the heart of the Model 94. Snow kicks one of many cartridges out of the top-ejecting action.
The High Grade is in extremely limited production. Only 500 of the commemorative models will be sold as a set with the Custom Grade. The remaining few will be sold individually. The High Grade retails for $1,959; the Custom Grade for $1,469.
Snow pushes a cartridge through the loading door in the side of the deeply scroll engraved receiver.
Like all Model 94's, the custom models handle instinctively.
One side of the receiver features Winchester's initials over a vintage Winchester Repeating Arms crest.
The High Grade features fancy Grade II/III walnut dressed up with delicate checkering.
The half-octagon 24-inch barrel is deeply blued.
Oliver Winchester's signature decorates the top of the bolt of both the High Grade and the Custom Grade Model 94s.
The heart of the Model 94 is the intricate action, and just like larger production runs of the classic rifle, the lever drops down to feed, eject and recock the external hammer.
Outdoor Life's Hunting Editor, Andrew McKean, takes his turn with the Model 94.

Winchester's signature firearm, the lever-action Model 94, is back! Check out the Outdoor Life testfire.