c1894 mfr. Antique WINCHESTER Model 1887 Lever Action SHOTGUN 10 Gauge JMB
10 GAUGE Coach and Law Enforcement Gun
Here we present an antique Winchester Model 1887 Lever Action Shotgun, made in 1894 in New Haven, Connecticut. This model saw just under 65,000 made, and those under serial number 63953 are made prior to 1899, making those an antique and requiring no FFL. The Model 1887 is considered the first successful repeating shotgun. Its lever-action design was chosen at the behest of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company, best known at the time as manufacturers of their lever-action rifles. Designer John Moses Browning suggested that a pump-action would be much more appropriate for a repeating shotgun, but Winchester management’s position was that, at the time, the company was known as a “lever-action firearm company” and felt that their new shotgun must also be a lever-action for reasons of brand recognition. Browning responded by designing a breech-loading, rolling block lever-action. To Winchester’s credit, however, they later introduced a Browning designed pump-action shotgun known as the Model 1893 (an early production version of the model 1897) after the introduction of smokeless powder.
Unfortunately, these Model 1887s were fast eclipsed by pump action shotguns. They came in both 10 and 12 gauges, and full lengths of 30-32 inch barrels and “riot” length of 20 inches. The riot length version is considerably scarcer.
As one can imagine, these higher capacity shotguns, especially those either made shorter at the factory or cut down, made great companions for those on guard duty, riding shotgun on a coach, and for law enforcement. Perhaps other, more nefarious characters also found them useful. Of course, who can forget the short, pistol-gripped version that the Terminator used? “I’ll be back”!
The overall condition is good. Refinished. Strong action. The bore is dim with some scattered pitting. This example sports a solid stock.
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Barrel: 30 inches.
Caliber: 10 gauge
Chamber: 3 inches.
LOP: 12-1/4 inches.
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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