Winchester’s new 1895 & 1886 rifles

“New” as in newly manufacutred …

Model 1886 Extra Light Grade I
Model 1895 Grade I

From the press release …

John M. Browning could be called the greatest gun designer of all time, and two designs he made for Winchester Repeating Arms, the 1895 and 1886 lever action rifles were a couple of his finest. Expanding on past offerings of these two masterpieces, Winchester Repeating Arms is now offering Grade I configurations in both models.

The 1895 Grade I features a deeply blued receiver, lever and barrel. It has a straight buttplate and satin finish walnut stock and forearm. The adjustable buckhorn rear sight and sculpted front blade remind you of guns of past generations. The addition of a tang safety in addition to the standard hammer safety adds a little modern touch to the rifle. The 1895 Grade I is available in 405 Winchester, 30-40 Krag and 30-06. It is a beautiful rifle with a link to the past. Suggested retail price is $1,179.00

The 1886 Extra Light Grade I rifle also features a deeply blued receiver, lever and barrel. In addition, it has a blued steel end cap and straight buttplate. The rifle features a classic half length magazine for the 45-70 cartridges that the rifle is chambered for. The sight on the 1886 is an adjustable rear buckhorn design with a bladed front. The rifle also is designed with a tang safety. Suggested retail price of the 1886 is $1,269.00

Both the 1895 and 1886 are being made in very limited quantities. Interested gun owners should contact their local Winchester Repeating Arms dealer immediately if they are interested in buying one.

Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • Redchrome

    would be nice if they made an 1895 Winchester musket replica in 7.62x54R. Take advantage of the (comparatively) cheap ammo in that caliber. 🙂

  • 4Cammer

    Are these being produced in Japan?

  • Aurelien

    Got my hands on a russian-contract original 1895 Winchester a few weeks ago. It’s not a common rifle, and it sells for a lot more than that, so this is good news.
    Always loved the military lever rifle concept.

  • Erik

    I want an 1895 in 7.62x54R!!!!!!

  • Lance

    Strange the 1886 was NOT chamberd in .45-70 but its own .45-60 caliber. Will they make a historicly accurate model?

  • Heartless Libertarian

    I wish they’d offer a reproduction of the 7.62x54R 1895s they sold to the Russians during WWI…

  • Redchrome

    The downside to military lever guns is that they really suck to operate from a prone position. They work really well if you’re standing or sitting on a horse tho.

  • Aurelien

    @Redchrome :
    I know the military lever rifle is not tactically sound compared to a bolt-action. I just like the concept. And it probably makes a good hunting rifle.

  • Pancho

    Lance. The 1886 was chambered in 45/70. Winchester wanted a 45/70 repeating rifle to compete with the Sharps, Remingtons and other single shot rifles. After buying the 1885 Winchester design from John Browning, Winchester asked him to design a high power repeating rifle for hunting. He turned out in amazingly quick time.

    You may be confusing the 1876 Centennial model which was an enlarged copy of the weaker 1873 model and chambered in 45/60.

  • howlingcoyote

    Make the 1886 in 460 S&W Mag., 475 Linebaugh, 500 S&W, and 458 Alaskan, 475 Alaskan and 50 Alaskan! (And in 50-110 Express!)
    Are they gold plated? Is that why they cost as much as a Weatherby rifle?

  • Bob Lee

    I agree Winchester is testing the waters again with the 1886 rifle as others are knocking off their design and selling them too. The main rifles that most hunters or silouette shooters use are the field grade version 26″ full magazine Rifle and the 22″ SRC Carbine. The 45-70 seems to be the basic cartridge, but breathing new life into the 50-110 under a new name so it can’t be used into the older 50-110 rifles, a 510 winchester express with a belt or a different case not to allow chambering into the older rifle would be feasible and the 45-70 the same thing 457 winchester these cartridges would be the same capacity as the older ones but with a modern 40,000 to 45,000 psi chamber pressure, instead of the saami 27000 psi for the 45-70 and end the worry about +P loads winding up in the BP rifles.
    The 1895 is a great rifle these cartridges choices are potent and not carryovers from the Blackpowder era..

    My opinion the light weight versions in the larger calibers would be a bruiser on both ends…

    • VS McClatchy

      The 1886 is a great rifle, I bought one new in 1935, I scrimped and saved to buy it. it is a 40-82 with a 26″ octagon barrel with express sights. I just recently gave it to my great grandson for safe keeping. it still shoots great…