SOLD FOR: $1675
Make: Winchester Repeating Arms
Model: 1892 Rifle
Serial Number: 26179
Year of Manufacture: 1893
Caliber: .44-40 Winchester (.44-40 W.C.F.)
Action Type: Lever Action, Tubular Magazine Fed
Markings: The top of the barrel is marked “-MANUFACTURED BY THE- / -WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN, CONN. U.S.A.-” in front of the rear sight and at the receiver with “44 W.C.F.”. The underside of the receiver is marked “26179” at the front. The upper tang is marked “MODEL 1892 / -WINCHESTER- / PAT. OCT. 14. 1884.”.
Barrel Length: 24″, Octagonal
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a german-silver blade in a slotted base dovetailed and screw-set to the front of the barrel. The rear sight is a folding “V”-notch semi-buckhorn sight dovetailed to the rear of the barrel. The notch is fine-adjustable for elevation. The top tang is drilled, tapped and filled for a tang sight, none is present.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are 2-piece smooth walnut with capped forend, straight grip, straight comb and steel crescent buttplate. The stocks have some scattered light nicks, scuffs and scratches. There is a patch of stubborn adhesive residue at the right-rear of the buttstock. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 1/8″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has scattered wear and light erosion. Overall, the stocks are in about Very Good-plus condition as not original to the gun.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The bore is gray and the rifling is well defined. There is light-moderate erosion and light pitting scattered in the bore with a more notable ring of erosion about mid-way down the bore. This appears to be a bulge, but there is no bulging visible on the exterior of the barrel.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 60% of its current metal finish. The finish is thinning at all edges. The magazine tube has strong finish with a few light marks, and the edges of the magazine cap are tool marked. The other metal parts have a mottled appearance with blued finish mixed with wear and light patina. There is scattered surface erosion, mostly in the receiver. There are some scattered nicks, scuffs and scratches. The action shows operational wear. The screw heads range from sharp to tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in about Good-Very Good condition as refinished Antique.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The hammer has a half-cock safety position. The trigger is crisp. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: This is a Winchester Model 1892 Rifle made in 1893 and chambered in .44-40 Winchester. This rifle is in about Good-Very Good condition as refinished Antique with about 60% of its new finish remaining. The bore shows wear and erosion, but the mechanics are strong and the rifle has been equipped with an attractive set of replacement stocks. This vintage rifle has seen some honest wear over the last 125+ years but is in very good mechanical condition. The .44-40 Win. cartridge was a very popular cartridge in its day which would put food on the table, protect livestock and defend hearth and home. This rifle should be of interest to the Winchester collectors and with its strong mechanics, it could be restored and taken back out in the field. Please see our photos and good luck!