SOLD FOR: $2775
Serial Number: 942543
Year of Manufacture: 1925
Caliber: .32-20 W.C.F.
Action Type: Tube Magazine Fed Lever Action Rifle
Barrel Length: 20” Round
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade pinned to a slotted base at the front of the barrel. The rear sight has two folding “V”-notches, one marked “50” and the other “200”. It appears that a middle leaf has broken off the assembly. The top tang is drilled, tapped and filled for a peep sight (none included).
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece smooth walnut with banded forend, straight grip and carbine-style steel buttplate. The stocks have a few scattered light nicks and scratches. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 12 3/4″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has scattered wear, most notable at the heel, with some scattered minor surface oxidation. Overall, the stocks are in about Fine 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. In this writer’s opinion, the bore rates 10 out of 10.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 90% of its metal finish. The finish is thinning at some edges. There are a few light scuffs and scratches. There is some minor surface oxidation, most notable on the left of the receiver and mostly scrubbed out. There is wear on the left of the receiver from the saddle ring. The action shows light operational wear. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in Very Good-plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this rifle. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: The 1892 followed the 1886 and is basically its little brother, the same design for pistol calibers. When asked by Winchester to design an improved pistol caliber lever action, John Browning said he would have the prototype completed in under a month or it would be free. Within 2 weeks, Browning had a functioning prototype of the 92. Calibers for the rifle vary and some are custom-chambered. The original rounds were the .32-20, .38-40, and .44-40 Winchester centerfire rounds, followed in 1895 by the new .25-20.
This rifle is a saddle ring carbine chambered for .32-20. Made in 1925, the rifle is in outstanding condition. It retains 90% of its original metal finish with a great bore, strong mechanics and minor wear in the stocks. While the strong bore means that this should still be a great shooter, its high condition will also be of interest to the collectors. Please see our pictures and good luck.