Yeah, I knew that they were real popular for the time period.parabarbarian wrote:Theodore Roosevelt thought very highly of the Model 1895 and personally bought several in "30 Army" (30-40 Krag) to equip fellow officers in the Rough Riders. The Russian army bought about 300 thousand in 7.62x54R to supplement the Mosin-Nagant bolt actions in Word War One. The one pictured above is probably one of those. The rifle was also popular with law enforcement up into the 1930's. Texas Rangers, Pinkerton Agents and the U.S. Border Patrol all used it. The only one I ever shot was a 30-06 my father owned. He picked it up sometime in the early 1960's when it was just old hunting rifle instead of a collector's item.Browning 35 wrote:Yeah....they're pretty kickass, talk about a piece of history.quackfiend wrote:I'm in love...
Winchester started making the Model 1895 again in 2001 as a commemorative and/or limited edition thing. It's available in 30-40 Krag, 30-06 and 405 Win.
In reading about what rifles were common in that era for LEO's it's one of the ones that pop up from time to time.
They weren't anywhere near as common as Remington Model 8's (semi-auto rifle like the one Deputy Prentiss Oakley used in the ambush on Bonnie and Clyde Barrow), Winchester 94's, Enfield 1917's, Springfield 1903's, British .303 Enfields and Mausers in 7mm and 8mm, but they were still around quite a bit and some LEO's really seemed to like them back then.
That's awesome that you got to actually shoot one, I've only ever seen and drooled on them at gun shows and at Jackson Armory (*Click*) in Dallas. 1895's are just a little too rich for my blood, so as far as lever action rifles go I'll probably stick to regular old Winchesters and Marlins in 30-30 and .44 Mag. I've heard good things about some of the new L.A. rifles out there (Big Horn Armory, Puma and Rossi), but I'd rather stick with the original manufacturers.