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No, that is the year that the manufactorer submitted designs for a patent. The actual manufacter date is probably different.

As an example, the model 1894 Winchester...the one that comes to mind as the "cowboy rifle", the "saddle gun", etc was patented in 1894 but is still being made well over 100 years later. Here is an example:

The only way to tell the manufacture date is by the serial number which you can trace through various sites. If you are talking about an 1886 Winchester, here is a link that will tell you the date:

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