Originally Posted by Win6123
Hello, I am new to Firearmstalk and this is my first post. I recently came across what I thought was a Winchester thumb trigger model. I am a Winchester fan, but have never delt with any of the "little boys guns". I had heard of the thumb trigger model, but had never seen one. The gun was in great shape and I told the seller I would think about it and get back to him. Once I got home an did some research, I realized that the actually thumb trigger and is a model 99. The gun I was looking at did not say thumb trigger model and was stamped 1902. The only answer I could come up with was that the gun had been re-barreled. I thought I would take it to the experts and see if you all have any helpful info. Thanks.
The thumb-trigger models came about due to so many vets having their finger's blown off in the various wars between 1860-1902.
They were MFR'd between 1904-1923.
The "Winchester - (1904) 99 Thumb-Trigger Bolt-Action Single-Shot Rifle" was fired by pressing a button with the thumb behind the cocking piece. Similar to a model 1902.
The model 1902 is listed as a "Improved model 1900". The 1900 was only made for 3 years.
Which usually means they found a fatal flaw somewhere & redid it.