.30-30 caliber, 20" barrel, S/N 731888. Marked with two line Winchester name, address and patent dates along the left of the barrel, along with caliber at the breech. With a Winchester proof mark at the top of the breech and frame. With typical Winchester Model 1894 markings at the top of the tang.
Included with the rifle is a copy of the original receipt for the rifle dated December 29, 1929, signed from Tom Threepersons to Tom Powers, for the price of fifty dollars. The price also included a Smith & Wesson revolver, also featured in this auction. Tom Powers was the owner of the famous saloon in El Paso where many great historic arms were identified. A copy of an April 2, 1974 dated El Paso County Probate Court inventory of Mr. Power's estate, included in the lot, lists this rifle in his collection. Mr. Powers own personal notarized inventory is also included, which lists the rifle.
Also included in the lot is an August, 1975 True West magazine that features an extensive profile on Tom Threepersons. A picture appears in the article showing Threeperson's holding what appears to be this rifle (he is most certainly holding a Winchester Model 1894 carbine). The article also mentions a gunfight in Medicine Hat, Alberta, where Tom killed several bandits and "The Cherokee also captured a .30-30 Winchester that was to become his constant companion." It is likely that this is the very rifle noted and pictured in the article.
**Requires C&R or FFL - see T&C if you are not personally a license holder
The barrel and magazine tube retain a majority of the original blue finish, with some light wear in areas on the barrel and fading to a plum patina on the magazine tube. The stock shows some light wear from normal use, with a small hole drilled behind the lower tang, likely for a swivel. The bore is good and the action is crisp.