Winchester Miroku Model 1892 Grade I .45 Colt 24″ Lever Rifle, MFD 1996

SOLD FOR: $1510

LSB#: 210925MZ04

Make: Winchester

Model: 1892 Grade I

Serial Number: NT1768

Year of Manufacture: 1996 (NT Date Code)

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 a “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 brass beaded blade that is dovetailed to the barrel. The rear sight is a semi-buckhorn square notch elevator sight that is dovetailed to the barrel.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are 2-piece smooth walnut with capped forend, straight grip, straight comb, and steel crescent buttplate. The only visible imperfection is a tiny nick on the bottom of the belly near the toe. The LOP measures 13″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate shows hardly any wear. Overall, the stocks are in about 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 99% of its metal finish. This rifle is clean and shows no notable wear, just a light storage mark or two. The screw heads range from sharp to lightly-tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in Excellent condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The upper tang is equipped with a push safety. 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: Included with this rifle is a serial matching box with an interior foam liner.

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 in 1996 and chambered in .45 Colt, featuring beautiful floral engraving and game scenes on the sides of the receiver. This one has no signs of use and appears to have spent its life in the box. Please see our photos and good luck!

Winchester Miroku Model 1892 Grade I .45 Colt 24" Lever Rifle, MFD 1996
Winchester Miroku Model 1892 Grade I .45 Colt 24″ Lever Rifle, MFD 1996