SOLD FOR: $1375
Make: Winchester Repeating Arms
Model: 1892 Rifle
Serial Number: 182662
Year of Manufacture: 1900
Caliber: .38-40 Winchester (.38-40 Winchester Center Fire)
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 “38 W.C.F.”. The underside of the receiver is marked “182662” at the front. The upper tang is marked “MODEL 1892 / -WINCHESTER- / PAT. OCT. 14. 1884.”.
Barrel Length: 24 1/4″ (24″ nominal), Octagonal
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a Lyman brass beaded blade dovetailed to the front of the barrel. The rear sight is a DW King elevator sight dovetailed to the rear of the barrel. The notch is fine adjustable for elevation with a white triangle aiming reference. It is reversible to present either a square or a “U”-notch. The top tang is drilled, tapped and filled for a peep sight (none included).
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are 2-piece smooth walnut with capped forend, straight grip and steel crescent buttplate. The stocks have some scattered light nicks, scuffs and scratches. There are three notches on the top-left edge of the forend and three more on the front of the comb which appear to have been intentionally applied. There is a tiny loss at the top-front corner of the wrist on the left side. There are no cracks. The stocks appear to have seen some light sanding with a new coat of finish applied. The LOP measures 12 3/4″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has mostly worn to white with some scattered minor discoloration from oxidation and infrequent minor erosion. Overall, the stocks are in Very Good condition as refinished.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright with sharp rifling. There is some minor erosion near the muzzle.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 30% of its metal finish. Strongest remaining finish is in the magazine tube which does have some scattered wear, mostly toward the bottom-rear, the worn areas having gone to a light patina. The barrel has mostly gone to a light patina with some scattered remaining finish. The receiver has some finish remaining toward the rear of the flats, around the hammer and lever with most other surfaces gone to a light patina. There are some scattered nicks, scuffs and scratches. Around the edges of the stocks there is some residue from the stocks’ new finish. The action has operational wear. The screw heads are generally sharp, a few show light tool use and there are screws in the top and bottom tangs which are disfigured with useable slots. The markings range from clear to worn, but legible. Overall, this rifle is in Good-Very Good condition.
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 1900. The rifle is chambered in .38-40 Winchester and has a 24″ octagonal barrel. This rifle is in Good-Very Good condition, appearing to have spent its 120 year life in the care of responsible sportsmen. While the rifle shows honest wear consistent with its age, it retains a surprisingly nice bore and strong mechanics. The .38-40 Winchester cartridge was based on the popular .44-40 but necked down to about .40 caliber, giving it a little bit higher velocity. It was once a popular round for hunting small-medium game as well as for defense. This rifle should be of interest to the Winchester collectors and still has a very shootable bore. Please see our photos and good luck!