I mentioned back in January that due to my dadís health and age he was no longer able to hunt. He sent me two guns which have been in his attic for the last 20 years. I think I mentioned he lives six blocks from the ocean.
When I finally received his shotgun and rifle I feared the worst having found out theyíve been an attic for 20 years and he lived in a salty air environment and thought theyíd be rusty old junk.
Well they were in bad shape but not too bad. There was a lot of light surface rust as well as the old oil or grease he used had gummed up a lot making both actions a bugger to work.
I gave them both to my local gunsmith for him to restore. I received my dadís Winchester Model 94 .32 Win Special back on Friday. According to the serial number this rifle was manufactured between 1943 and 1947 when Winchester wasnít recording serial numbers due to WW II.
Before I gave Gene the rifle to restore the stock was a mess. The finish had darkened and carmelized and looked like a dark red wood stock. Due to the deterioration of the stock finish you really couldnít see much wood grain.
All I can say is wow, hiding underneath all that age, rust, gum and gunk was a beautiful rifle waiting for a little attention.
Here she is and I canít wait to take her hunting this fall. I just have to remember how to hunt with open sights again.