Winchester 1892 SRC, DOM 1895-Antique
Guns International #: 100400639 Seller's Inventory #: 56889
Category: Winchester Rifles - Model 1892 - Winchester Rifles - Antique Lever
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Company: Symbiotic Solutions LLC
Member Since: 8/5/13
First Name: Rick
Last Name: Dunagan
Country: United States
Phone: (719) 338-5378
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Total Number of Listings: 34
Seller: FFL Dealer
Return Policy: 3 day inspection and return policy on used guns.
Payment Types Accepted: All Credit Cards
Model: 1892 SRC
Serial Number: 77983
Year of Manufacture: 1895
Caliber: .44-40 WCF
Action Type: Lever Action with Tubular Magazine
Barrel Length: 20" The carbine has survived with its original barrel intact. It has no proof marks which is correct for all antique Model 1892's. By way of backgrond: Over a period of years, the rifled bores in barrels, especially carbines simply wore out. Whether they were shot out, not properly cleaned, or damaged, the most feasible solution for the owner was not to junk the gun but to replace it with a new one. Winchester had a thriving business for many years selling mail-order replacement barrels. These are still found today in NOS condition from time to time and even a rumor or two that many were scrapped during WW2. These are denoted by Winchester proofs along with the letter "P" inside a small oval circle. Since it usually took years to wear out a barrel, most replacement barrels are going to be easy to spot as markings on these barrels changed every few years. More often than not, a replaced barrel will fall outside the original gun's period of manufacture and will not have the proper original markings. For example, an antique Winchester 1892 should not have "WP" Winchester proof marks on the barrel or the receiver. This is a sign the gun was returned to the factory for either a new barrel or in some rare cases, simply work on the original barrel that required a proof test. Personally speaking, I have been burned more than once by houses (which will go unnamed here) that seem quite content in overlooking these types of details. This can prove to be costly to collectors so ask lots of questions if a description doesn't cover all the bases. Case in point: some years ago, I won what I thought was a fantastic pre-1898 Model 1892 SRC through a live online only to discover upon arrival some weeks later that it had a 1930's era mail order replacement barrel. What a disappointment this was, not to mention a serious jolt to my wallet! Fortunately, that's not the case here. Origional factory barrel on this rifle. This rifle has NO factory "WP" proof marks on the barrel indication origional factory barrel on this rifle (many were retrofitted with replacement barrels from Winchester whcih contain the letter "P" inside a small oval circle.
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “Manufactured By ... / Winchester Repeating A...” and “44 W.C.F.” The 44 WCF may have been re-struck. The serial number is on the underside of the frame. The upper tang is marked “Model 1892 / Winchester / Pat. Oct. 14 1884”. There is a "5" on the underside of the frame by the lever. Antique Arms notes the following factoids about the early1892 Winchesters:
Sights / Optics: The gun is mounted with a standard carbine front sight, fixed in a base. The rear sight is a carbine style flip-up ladder sight, with the set screw.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are original pieces that fit very well. The stock is very dark and has never been sanded. There are many dings, marks and gouges, with several cracks at the butt including evidence of a sling pivot bolt which had been installed at one time. The forearm is lighter in color, though it shows plenty of natural wear and age. The LOP measures 12 ¾” from the front of the trigger to the back of the carbine style plate. The stocks rate in about Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Now Patina, no evidence of refinishing or cleaning.
Bore Condition: The bore is in suprisingly good condition. Rrifling is worn as typical for a gun of this age but present and shootable. There is very mild erosion. The bore is clean and rifleing evident indicating that this origional frrom the factory barrel has seen little use (and was not replaced - ref: Antiques Firearm's Arcilte here: ://antiquearmsinc/winchester-1892-src-saddle-ring-carbine-38-44-wcf-antique-pre-1898-collectible-firearms-.htm.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 1% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows a general and light drift to patina. The metal may have been cleaned some time ago, though the patina is natural. There is some "dulling" of the metal and some very even surface frosting under the patina. There are other scattered marks and dings throughout. The lever has been bent to the right as you look at the underside of the gun which could be easily straightend without damaging the gun but adds charcter as it is. The screw heads are lightly worn with a few replacements. The markings are partially obscured on the barrel. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly, despite the bent lever. We have not fired this rifle.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: A Winchester designed by John Browning . . . The Model 1892 is one of the most collected and respected Winchester Lever Action Rifles. Everyone wants a SRC, and everyone wants one in .44-40. Good luck with this classic old Winchester, ready for the safe, gun cart, scabbard or the mantle.
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As always, 3 day inspection. Buyer pays return freight.
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Antique Firearms Full text article: Great Historical Factoids about the early 1892 Wincheter Rifles: