SOLD FOR: $3025
Make: Winchester Repeating Arms
Model: 1892 Saddle Ring Carbine
Serial Number: 298509
Year of Manufacture: 1905
Caliber: .44-40 Winchester (.44-40 Winchester Center Fire)
Action Type: Lever Action, Tubular Magazine Fed
Barrel Length: 20?, Round
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade pinned in a slotted base fixed to the front of the barrel. The rear sight is a folding ladder-style sight, presenting a “V”-notch when folded down and with a “V”-notched slider on the ladder, marked from “2” to “9”. 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 banded forend, straight grip and steel carbine-style buttplate. The stocks have several scattered nicks, dings, scuffs and scratches. There is an alpha-numeric hand-carved into the left of the comb, we do not know the significance of this marking. 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 mostly worn to white with scattered surface oxidation, erosion and some nicks at the toe. Overall, the stocks are in Good-plus condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is gray with well defined rifling. There is scattered light erosion and some pitting in the bore. In this writer’s opinion, the bore rates 6 out of 10.
Many military and C&R-eligible weapons have bores that will show erosion. This is not only due to age but to the fact that corrosive primers were commonly used in ammunition worldwide.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 65% of its metal finish. The finish is thinning at all edges. There is scattered finish wear, most notable in the receiver, with much of the worn areas going to a light patina. There are scattered light nicks, scuffs and scratches with a defined wear pattern on the left of the receiver from the saddle ring. There are spots of minor surface oxidation and there is some stubborn dried grease around the hammer. The action shows operational wear. The screw heads range from sharp to tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in Good-plus 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 Saddle Ring Carbine made in 1905, just after the Winchester Proof mark was adopted for their centerfire rifles and shotguns. The rifle is chambered in .44-40 Winchester and has a 20? round barrel. This rifle is in Good-plus condition, showing honest wear in its original finish, really in quite good shape given its age and that it appears to have been put to work. The 1892 is a classic Winchester lever gun, making appearances in a wild array of Western movies and television shows as well as seeing extensive use all across America as a hunting and utility rifle. This rifle should be of interest to the Winchester collectors and should still be a fun shooter. Please see our photos and good luck!
Please forgive any typos, I was educated in California -Bud