SOLD FOR: $4,015
Serial Number: 932686
Year of Manufacture: 1924
Caliber: .32-20 W.C.F.
Action Type: Tube Magazine Fed Lever Action Rifle
Markings: The left of the barrel is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. / NEW HAVEN, CONN. U.S.A. PATENTED OCTOBER 14.1884.” in front of the rear sight and “32 W.C.F.” behind. The top of the barrel and receiver each have an ovalled “WP” proof. The underside of the receiver is marked with the serial number at the front. The upper tang is marked “MODEL 92 / -WINCHESTER- / TRADE MARK REG U.S. PAT. OFF. & FGN.”.
Barrel Length: 20” Round
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade pinned to a slotted base at the front of the barrel, the rear sight is a folding ladder sight presenting a “U”-notch when folded down and has a “U”-notch on the crosspiece of the ladder which is marked from 0 to 20, presumably in 10s of yards, dovetailed to the rear of the barrel. The top tang is drilled, tapped and filled for a peep sight (none included).
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece smooth walnut with banded forend, straight grip and carbine-style steel buttplate. The stocks have light handling wear with some scattered light compressions, nicks and scratches, a couple of more notable compressions and a scrape on the left of the buttstock at the rear of the wrist and behind, and a tiny chip loss at the front of the wrist on the left at the corner of the top tang. There are no cracks. The LOP measures 12 3/4″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has scattered light wear, nicks, scratches and light surface oxidation with more moderate wear at the heel and toe. Overall, the stocks are in about Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 85% of its metal finish. The finish is thinning at all edges. There are scattered light scratches, nicks, scuffs and spots of light surface oxidation. The top tang and bottom of the receiver show handling wear, with a few scattered spots of more minor finish wear. The left of the receiver has a defined figure-eight of wear from the saddle ring. The action shows light operational wear. The screw heads range from sharp to lightly tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in about Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this rifle. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: The 1892 followed the 1886 and is basically its little brother. The same design for pistol calibers. When asked by Winchester to design an improved pistol caliber lever action, John Browning said he would have the prototype completed in under a month or it would be free. Within 2 weeks, Browning had a functioning prototype of the 92. Calibers for the rifle vary and some are custom-chambered. The original rounds were the .32-20, .38-40, and .44-40 Winchester centerfire rounds, followed in 1895 by the new .25-20. This rifle is a saddle ring carbine chambered for .32-20. It retains about 85% of its metal finish with a great bore and strong mechanics, in Very Good overall condition. Given its age, this rifle is in great shape and should make as great of a shooter as it would a collector piece. Please see our pictures and good luck.