Dave,The reason I ask is because yeterday I put a 94 on layaway at a good price. Its a little rough but at $199 I couldn't resist. It is a pre-safety angle eject 30-30 and I'm just curious about its age. Thanks Dave
IIRC, the 1983 catalog (which I was looking at yesterday) mentioned AE as new that year.That is about what my records show. We could supply much more info if we had a serial number.
I agree, and the early 80's rifles were the best of the post '64 94s. USRA went in to chapter 11 in 1986 and the quality began to slip. Then in the late 90's the labor issues began to surface (which eventually destroyed USRA) and quality decreased rapidly until plant closure in '06.It's not a strong preference, but:
1. I've never had one of my AEs toss a shell onto the top of my head
2. I like the rebounding hammer (with apologies to the purists) - the rifle is much more nearly drop-safe, and there is no chance of a mistake (or broken parts) involving use of the half-cock notch.
I also think that in general the manufacturing quality in that period was quite good. Not pre-war (as in WW2) quality, but very good. Everyone thinks of pre-64 as a magic period but in fact the quality was sliding through the 50s and early 60s.