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Evans Rifle Mfg. Co.

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Evans Rifle Mfg. Co.   Mechanic Falls Maine 1868 Went bankrupt in December 1879


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Product
.44 c.f. caliber, sporting rifle, tube feed
.44 c.f. caliber, sporting rifle, tube feed, upper buttstock only

.44 c.f. caliber, military musket, tube feed
.44 c.f. caliber, carbine, tube feed

First Model or Old Model

manufactured from 1873 to 1876
.44 Evans caliber, 1" shell, up to 38 rounds in magazine, no dust cover on ejection port and only upper buttstock. The magazine tube was exposed along the bottom of the stock. Marked Evans Repeating Rifle/Pat. Dec. 8, 1868 & Sept. 16, 1871. Production was about 500 rifles.

The 1st Modell was available in the following configurations:

Sporting Rifle (about 300 manufactured), walnut stock, checkering and engraving available, 26", 28" and 30" cotagon barrels

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right side
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Military musket (about 50 manufactured), full forend with 2 barrel bands, 30" round barrel

Carbine (about 150 manufactured), short forend with 1 barrel band, sling swivels, 22" round barrel

Transition Model

manufactured as of 1876, about 1750 rifles had been manufactured.
.44 Evans caliber, 1" shell, up to 38 rounds in magazine. In difference to the old model it has a two-piece buttstock and a redesigned buttplate, marked Evans Repeating Rifle Mechanic Falls Me./Pat, Dec. 8, 1868 & Sept. 16. 1871.

The Transition Model was available in the following configurations:

Sporting Rifle (about 1050 manufactured), walnut stock, checkering and engraving available, 26", 28" and 30" cotagon barrels

Military musket (about 150 manufactured), full forend with 2 or 3 barrel bands, 30" round barrel

Carbine (about 450 manufactured), short forend with 1 barrel band, sling swivels, 22" round barrel

Montreal Carbine (about 100 or less manufactured), sold by ralph H. Kilby, a sporting goods dealer in Montreal, Canada. He figured as Evan's agent in Canada.

The second Model or New model

manufactured from 1877, about 10000 rifles had been manufactured.
.44 caliber, 1 1/2" shell, up to 28 rounds in magazine, marked Evans Repeating Rifle Mechanic Falls Me./Pat, Dec. 8, 1868 & Sept. 16. 1871 U.S.A.

The 2nd Model was avilable in the following configurations:

Sporting Rifle (about 3000 manufactured), walnut stock, checkering and engraving available, 26", 28" and 30" cotagon barrels

Military musket (about 3000 manufactured), full forend with 2 barrel bands, 30" round barrel. A lot of them had been converted to spoting rifles.

Carbine (about 4000 manufactured), short forend with 1 barrel band, sling swivels, 22" round barrel, somes with a bayonet mounting stud.

There are some guns marked Evans Sporting Rifle instead of the usual markings. Most of them were 30* round barrel military muskets wich a short forend (different to the forend of the Sporting Rifles) attached with a screw. It is believed that these cuns have been assembled from parts after the bankrupt of the company in 1879.

2nd Model right side

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Warren Evans designed his own cartridge for his rifles. It was the
.44 Evans with 1" long shell.

The original cartridge was loaded with 33 grains of black powder and a 220 grains lead bullet. The velocity was about 850 fps.

The cartridge for his new (2nd) model was knowns as
.44 New Model cartridge with 1 1/2" long shell.

The original cartridge was loaded with 40 to 43 grains of black powder and a lead bullet from 275 (about 120 fps) to 300 grains.

Both cartridges types were loaded by Winchester up to the early 1920s.