Manufactured in 1896. The Model 1887 was the first highly successful repeating shotgun. 64,855 were manufactured in 1887-1901. Most prior shotguns were single or double barrel break actions. The Model 1887 held six shots and could be fired rapidly. The Model 1887 built upon the solid reputation of Winchester’s lever action rifles and carbines that were already in widespread use throughout the country. Many Model 1887s replaced double barrel coach guns used by "shotgun messengers" employed by express companies and lawmen throughout the country. The left side of the receiver has the "WRACo" monogram. The lower tang is stamped with the four-line address/patent dates marking. The barrel is marked "12," "FULL" and Winchester factory "WP" oval proof (not the intertwined "WP" proof) at the breech. Mounted on highly figured and checkered walnut forearm and round knob pistol grip stock. The buttstock is fitted with a factory hard rubber buttplate. Length of pull is 13 inches.
Fine. The barrel and magazine retain 60% original blue finish with the balance thinning to a gray. The frame and lever retain 40% plus mostly muted original case colors. The wood is also fine showing some minor dings and scratches and wear across the moderately worn checkering. Mechanically excellent. A fine conditioned deluxe Model 1887 that will be a great addition to any Winchester lever action collection.
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