Although the U.S. military snubbed lever-action Winchesters, other nations, attracted by their innovation or just desperate for arms, used them from nearly the company’s inception through the mud and blood of the Great War and into the Spanish Civil War.
The collecting community has eagerly been waiting for a treatise on the Model 1895 for at least two generations. The first question that comes to my mind is what took so long?
Some of the top-selling lever-action rifles in America come from Henry USA, according to this list of popular lever actions sold on GunBroker.
One of the most popular subcategories of collecting pre-’64 Winchester lever-actions is the “trapper,” or “baby carbine” as it was originally called, a model with a barrel shorter than the standard length of 20".