Russian Winchester 1895 magazine lever-action rifle 7.62x54R

01. Original name Winchester Model 1895  
02. Other official names Adopted by Russia as the Winchester Rifle model 1915  
03. Popular names Winchester Model 1895   
04. Chamberings 7.62 x 54R, 30-40 Krag, 7.92 x 57, .303 British, .30-03, .30-06 Springfield, .35WCF, .38-72 WCF, .40-72 WCF, .405 Winchester  
05. Designed by John Moses Browning  
06. Design date This rifle evolved from the Winchester 1886, 1892 and 1894 rifles replacing the tubular magazine with a box magazine  
07. In service date(s) 1895  
08. Adopted by Russia, Estonia, Finland, Spain, Mexico  
09. Production quantities 425881  
10. Mechanism Lever action, 5 round magazine  
11. Weight 8lbs 11ozs  
12. Mountings Winchester 1895 bayonet  
13. Practicality in action   
14. Comments / Other information Between 1915 and 1917 approximately 300,000 M1895’s were manufactured for the army of the Russian Empire, accounting for about 70% of total production of the rifles prior to 1936 when the M1895 was discontinued. Chambered in 7.62×54mmR, these versions were unusual for a lever-action rifle in that they also had a charger guide, allowing the M1895 rifle to be reloaded by the same charger clips used in the Mosin–Nagant bolt-action rifle. Rifles made for the Russian contract had a longer than standard barrel fitted with an extended forestock and bayonet lug. Initial delivery of the rifles was delayed because adaptation to Russian standards, particularly the charger guide, proved more difficult than expected. Additional delays resulted from incompetent and obstructive Russian inspectors. Russia issued many of their Winchester Model 1895 rifles to troops from Finland and the Baltic states, especially the Latvian Riflemen. At least 9,000 Model 1895 rifles are known to have been provided by the Soviet Union in 1936 to the Spanish Republicans for use in the Spanish Civil War.