SOLD FOR: $3,530.00
Serial Number: 433700
Year of Manufacture: 1907 (http://proofhouse.com/win/index.html)
Caliber: .44-40 W.C.F.
Action Type: Lever Action, Full-Length Tube Magazine Fed Rifle
Markings: The top of the barrel is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. / NEW HAVEN CONN. U.S.A. PATENTED OCTOBER 14 1884”, with “WP” in oval (found again on top of the receiver) and “44 W.C.F.” The underside of the receiver is marked with the serial number at the foremost point, with “71 / 21 / 42” found near the lever. The upper tang is marked “MODEL 1892 / WINCHESTER / TRADE MARK”.
Barrel Length: 24”, Round, With Full Length Magazine Tube
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a steel beaded blade, integral to a base that is dovetailed onto the barrel and the rear sight is a leaf and slide-step elevator, which is dovetailed onto the barrel.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are a two piece smooth walnut set. The forend has some scuff and compression marks of light to moderate depth as photographed; the fit to the metal nose cap and receiver are tight. The butt stock features a strait wrist and shows some darkening at the wrist from handling. There are light to moderate depth marks, a few small chip losses near the tangs, but no cracks or major damages; the wood to metal fit is sharp. Most of the marks in the stocks go unnoticed until close inspection. The LOP measures 12 7/8” from the front of the trigger to the back of the horizontally serrated shotgun-style metal butt plate. The plate has scuff and compression marks; the remaining blue is shifting to brown patina, remaining at about 50%. The stocks rate in about Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Factory Original
Bore Condition: The bore is light gray and the rifling is still sharply defined. There is mild erosion present in spots throughout the bore.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 75% of its metal finish. Strong bluing remains on the barrel and magazine tube, with general wear on the tube band; there are scuff and faint bruise marks present. The forend nose cap, tangs and lever have shifted to a browned patina, the receiver and its components have browned patina that looks to have been lightly cleaned at some point. The right side of the receiver, at the loading port, shows some cartridge marks. The shotgun-style butt plate shows general wear and marks, with about 50% of its finish remaining. The screw heads are highly serviceable with minor tooling in the slots. The markings are crisp. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine 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: From Wikipedia “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 Winchestercenterfire rounds, followed in 1895 by the new .25-20. A few Model 92’s chambered for .218 Bee were produced in 1936-38. The Winchester Models 53 (1924) and 65 (1933) were relabeled Model 1892’s. Admiral Robert E. Peary carried an 1892 on his trips to the North Pole., and Secretary of War Patrick Hurley was presented with the one millionth rifle on December 13, 1932.” This rifle has a 24” round barrel with a full length magazine tube, nice strait-grain walnut stocks that have crisp fit to the metal, lacking major damages, sporting a shotgun-style metal butt plate. About 75% of the blued finish remains, which is impressive for a 99 year old utilitarian rifle. This rifle is as iconic as it is beautiful and should make for a spectacular addition to any Winchester collection. Please see our pictures and good luck.