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Thread: Winchester Model 1895 7.62mm Russian Contract Rifle

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    The 1895 was a tremendous sporting rifle. For military use, it probably was less so, especially given the conditions in the trenches of WWI. Your rifle is a wonderful piece of that bygone era when the futures of nations turned on the bolts of the rifles used by those men. Sincerely. bruce.
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    The "XN3" you reference, and show, are pronounced as "Kh" for the X."i" for the N (which is Russian for "and" which is why it is lower case)and "Z" for the 3. I suspect they are first initials of inspectors "Kh and Z." Now, who's got access to the list of inspectors?!
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    Thanks for all the replies; I emailed several Russian Armed Forces/Firearms museums asking for info about the rifle and the XN3 marking; it'll be interesting to see if I get any answers.

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    As to head space with these rifles. Any of them need to be checked if they were chambered for anything near as strong as a 7.62x54 or 30-06. In fact the two I had over the years in 30-40 Krag both had head space issues.

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    Per Cody Firearms Records WINCHESTER MODEL 1895 - SERIAL NUMBER 283932 applied on May 20, 1916.

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    Finally found a nice bayonet for this rifle:
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    Quote Originally Posted by bruce View Post
    The 1895 was a tremendous sporting rifle. For military use, it probably was less so, especially given the conditions in the trenches of WWI. Your rifle is a wonderful piece of that bygone era when the futures of nations turned on the bolts of the rifles used by those men. Sincerely. bruce.
    The Eastern front was not the stagnant trench warfare of the West.
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