Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1011: Documented Special Order Winchester Model 1886 Short Rifle

Auction Date: September 11, 2021

Rare Documented Special Order 21 Inch Barrel Winchester Model 1886 Lever Action Short Rifle

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $5,000 - $7,500

Rare Documented Special Order 21 Inch Barrel Winchester Model 1886 Lever Action Short Rifle

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1886
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 40-82 WCF
Barrel: 21 inch octagon
Finish: blue/casehardened
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Very Active
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Catalog Page: 12
Class: Antique

Manufactured in 1891 with the standard two-line Winchester address and caliber marking on the top flat of the exceptionally scarce, special order, 21 inch barrel. The model designation is marked on the upper tang and the serial number is on the lower. It is fitted with a German silver blade front sight and elevation adjustable buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with a smooth rifle-length forearm and straight grip stock with a crescent buttplate. The included copy of the factory letter confirms the current configuration including the special order barrel length when it was received at the warehouse on 22 June 1891 and shipped the next day with one other gun to order number 6042. The included copy of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center letter states that having searched their records, only five Model 1886 rifles were listed as leaving the factory with 21 inch barrels, with this example being one of the them, making this short rifle incredibly rare.

Rating Definition:

Very good, showing mostly a bright grey patina overall with some scattered light surface pitting and traces of silvered case colors. The wood is also very good with some scattered minor dings and scratches. Mechanically excellent. A rare and desirable variation of the Winchester Model 1886!

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