SOLD FOR: $1216
Make: Winchester, Mfg. by Miroku
Model: 1892 Grade I
Serial Number: NT1812
Year of Manufacture: 1997-1999
Caliber: .45 Colt
Action Type: Lever Action, Tubular Magazine Fed
Markings: The left of the barrel is marked “-WINCHESTER- / LICENSEE”, “U.S. REPEATING ARMS CO., NEW HAVEN, CT. U.S.A. / MADE IN JAPAN”, and
“CAL..45 COLT” near the receiver. The top of the chamber and top of the receiver both have an ovalled “WP” proof. The top tang is marked “WINCHESTER / MODEL 1892”. The bottom of the receiver is marked with the serial number. The right side of the receiver is engraved with a deer, the left side is engraved with the scene of two deer against a scenic background. Both sides of the receiver contain floral scroll engraving.
Barrel Length: 24″, Round
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a globe sight dovetailed with an interchangeable leaf reticle. Currently installed is a circle atop a post. No additional leaves are included. The rear sight is a Marble’s peep aperture that is adjustable for elevation.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are 2-piece smooth walnut with capped forend, straight grip, straight comb, and steel crescent buttplate. There are some infrequently scattered tiny nicks and faint scratches. The LOP measures 13 7/8″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate shows hardly any wear. Overall, the stocks are in about Fine-Excellent 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 97% of its metal finish. There are scattered faint scratches on the top of the barrel as well as the lever. There is some light thinning at the leading edges. The screwheads Range from sharp to lightly tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in about Fine-Plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The safety was removed for installation of the tang sight. 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: The Winchester Model 1892 rifle and carbine replaced the toggle link action of Winchester’s Model 1873 with a breechblock locked with two rectangular locking bolts that made it much stronger and suitable for the higher pressures of smokeless powder. It was designed by John Browning and was sort of a scaled-down Model 1886 rifle, the first he designed for Winchester. The Model 1892 rifle was popular with ranchers and later was the rifle of choice for western movies and TV shows, John Wayne used both M1892 rifles and carbines in many of his western movies. The M1892 rifles again became popular in the 1980s with the advent of Cowboy Action shooting, as they were smooth and dependable. This is a Model 1892 Grade I rifle with a 24” round barrel, manufactured 1997-1999 and chambered in .45 Colt. This one has signs of light use and rates in Fine-Plus condition. Please see our photos and good luck!