The rifle Michael Zehab-Bibeau used in his attack in Ottawa is a common hunting rifle.
The Winchester .30-30 lever action rifle, known as “Model 94” for its 1894 introduction, is sometimes called “The Gun that Won the West,” according to the Winchester website.
From the 1930s to the ’50s, it was a standard hunting rifle in North America — not terribly expensive, but well built and good for deer hunting, said Tony Bernardo, the executive director of the Canadian Shooting Sports Association.
“This (rifle) is as common as dirt,” said Bernardo, whose organization calls itself the voice of sports shooters and firearm enthusiasts in Canada, lobbying for the “right of responsible Canadians to have unrestricted lawful access to firearms.”
To buy the rifle in Canada, you need a Possession and Acquisition Licence, which requires a person to pass the Canadian Firearm Safety Course and exam. The process also includes a comprehensive police background and personal reference checks, Bernardo says.
It’s not known where or how Zehab-Bibeau got the gun.
A Christmas ad in the Star in 1957 advertises the gun for $59.99 at Cole’s Sporting Goods: “Light and easy to carry this lightning fast, hard hitting lever action repeater is world famous for its accuracy and reliability.”
The modern version sells for around $1,200.
Al Flaherty’s Outdoor Store in Toronto doesn’t carry the rifle, but a salesman noted you could find it at “any outdoor store.”
“We just don’t get a lot of requests for them.”
“It’s probably more popular in eastern Canada where people are hunting in bush for deer . . . it’s not well adapted for long range shooting,” said Stan Frost, an executive member with the Dominion of Canada Rifle Association.