Oh, and if you use the correct polishing room data at the Winchester Collector Association (compiled by leading expert, Bert Hartman), you will find that your gun is a December 1948 build. No flat bands were built in 1949. If you remove your forestock, you will see the year '48' stamped on the bottom barrel flat.
But you knew that too, right?
Nope and nope. Thanks for the info!
Iíd heard the term ďflat bandĒ before but had never delved into it. Now, I see this is a relatively scarce feature (given the total number of 94s). Iím looking forward to getting home from work travel to disassemble this slim carbine. A letter sounds like a fun and interesting item to obtain, Iíll have to look into that. Iím thinking I probably did okay for $367.50