I recently inherited a very old looking (I know that doesnt mean that it is actually old) Winchester 1894. However, the serial number has what looks to be 2 LL's in it. Either the old 1's look like L's or its a fake or its a special order. If anybody has any input on this that would be very helpful. Thanks!
There is nothing fake about it, and it is old. Back when it was manufactured in March of 1901, the engraver who cut the serial number dies during that time period was sloppy, and the "1" digits do look like an "L".
The attached pictures show several more just like yours...
Hey! Thanks for the info. So i was originally planning on fixing it up myself but now that i have this new information what should my next step be? Its in ok shape. Its a little tarnished and the stock is in poor/mediocre condition. I dont think i would even shoot it (due to unknown condition, not historical value). Or at least would it be worth the $100 for paperwork?
What "$100 paperwork" are you referring to?
Without seeing the entire gun, I can not give you any advice on what to do with it. As far as shooting it, unless it has mechanical problems or a damaged barrel, it will most likely shoot just fine.
I was referring to the factory letter from the cody firearms museum. I didnt know exactly how much it was, I had read on another post that it was about $100 but the letter for $60 (since im a non-member) is the one I was talking about.
OK, that makes sense now. Yes, the cost for a Cody Firearms Museum (CFM) factory letter is $60 for non-members. The letter will look something like the attached picture below.
Whether or not it is worth the cost of the CFM letter is something only you can decide.