SOLD FOR: $1450
Make: Winchester Repeating Arms
Model: 1892 Rifle
Serial Number: 768434
Year of Manufacture: 1914
Caliber: .32-20 Winchester Center Fire (WCF)
Action Type: This rifle has a lever action with a full-length magazine tube.
Markings: The left shoulder of the barrel is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. / NEW HAVEN, CONN. U.S.A. PATENTED OCTOBER 14. 1884.” and at the chamber with “32 W.C.F.”. The top of the barrel at the receiver and the top of the receiver’s chamber ring are each marked with an ovalled “WP” proof. The underside of the receiver is marked “768434”. The upper tang is marked “MODEL 1892 / -WINCHESTER- / TRADE MARK REG. IN U.S. PAT. OFF.”.
Barrel Length: 24″ Octagonal
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade dovetailed and screw-set to the front of the barrel. The rear sight is a “V”-notch semi-buckhorn elevator 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 present).
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-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 tiny crack at the rear of the top tang and a few minor grain-line cracks at edges. There are a few scattered spots of pooled finish. The LOP measures 12 3/4″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has gone to a light patina with erosion at the heel and toe and a few light nicks. Overall, the stocks are in about Very Good condition as refinished.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Some remaining finish is Original, worn areas show treatment with cold blue.
Bore Condition: The bore is semi-bright with sharp rifling. There are some scattered spots of light erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 70% of its current metal finish. There is some scattered wear, mostly toward the muzzle-end of the barrel and on the receiver. The worn areas have been treated with cold blue, giving these areas a mottled appearance with some worn areas discolored from oxidation. There is scattered residue from the stocks’ new finish. There are some scattered light nicks, scuffs and scratches. The action shows operational wear. The screw heads range from sharp to tool marked with useable slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in Good-Very Good condition as partially refinished.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The hammer has a half-cock 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: None.
Our Assessment: This is a Winchester Model 1892 Rifle made in 1914 and chambered in .32-20 Winchester. This rifle is in Good-Very Good condition as partially refinished with about 70% of its finish remaining and the worn areas having a mottled appearance due to treatment with cold-blue, discoloration from oxidation, and scattered residue from the stocks’ new finish. The bore has some light erosion, but the rifling is strong and the mechanics are strong. This vintage rifle has seen some honest wear over the last century but is in very good mechanical condition. The .32-20 Win. cartridge was a very popular cartridge in its day which would put food on the table, protect livestock and defend hearth and home. It was once a favorite with farmers, ranchers, pot hunters and trappers. With its pre-WWI manufacture date, this rifle should be of interest to the Winchester collectors and with its strong bore and mechanics, it could be restored and taken back out in the field. Please see our photos and good luck!