Can sombody enlighten me as to when production of the Model 1889 ceased production and were all the rifles for black powder only? or were some produced at a later time that were for smokeless powder. Thanks Fellas
A total of 55,119 were made. According to Brophy, 1895 was the last year of production, with 319 being made. 183 were made off and on until 1903 out of existing parts. Brophy also states that the 1893, 1895, and 27-S were the only models with barrels marked "Special Smokeless Steel". The book has a breakdown of serial numbers if you are interested.