FIRST YEAR #212 Antique WINCHESTER Model 1892 .38-40 WCF LEVER ACTION RIFLE
Very Desirable THREE DIGIT SERIAL NUMBER Made in 1892
Here we present an antique Winchester Model 1892 Lever Action Rifle chambered in .38-40 WCF, made in 1892 in New Haven, Connecticut with a low three-digit serial number of 212. Another fantastic design from the mind of John Moses Browning, the 1892 was made to replace the venerable and iconic 1873 and featured its pistol caliber chamberings. The result was a trim and light rifle that was an immediate hit and stayed in production for almost 50 years. Many gun owners favored Winchester rifles for their ability to fire the same ammunition as their pistols, meaning that a cowboy, trapper or stagecoach defender could take along his trust rifle and pistol sidearm with only one supply of ammo!
The Model 1892, like many other Winchester rifles, were popular when the television show “The Rifleman” premiered in 1958 starring Chuck Connors and producers tried to find gimmicks to distinguish one show from another. The Rifleman’s gimmick was a modified Winchester Model 1892 rifle, with a large ring lever drilled and tapped for a set screw. The lever design allowed him to cock the rifle by spinning it around his hand. In addition, the screw could be positioned to depress the trigger every time he worked the lever, allowing for rapid fire, emptying the magazine in under five seconds during the opening credits.
The overall condition is good. Strong, crisp action. Reflective bore with nice rifling and a slight dark patch in the middle. The walnut tock is solid throughout and is firm at the frame. The front band on the magazine tube has been repaired at some point in time.
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Barrel is 24 inches.
Caliber: .38-40 Winchester Center Fire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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