Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 3078: Winchester Model 1892 Trapper Carbine with 16 Inch Barrel

Auction Date: December 5, 2021

Exceptional Winchester Model 1892 Lever Action Saddle Ring Trapper Carbine with Highly Desirable 16 Inch Barrel in .44 W.C.F.

Estimated Price: $22,500 - $35,000

Exceptional Winchester Model 1892 Lever Action Saddle Ring Trapper Carbine with Highly Desirable 16 Inch Barrel in .44 W.C.F.

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1892-Carbine
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 44 WCF
Barrel: 16 inch round
Finish: blue
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 585
Item Interest: Active
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Catalog Page: 72
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

Manufactured in 1925 with the standard Winchester factory oval proofs on top of the barrel and receiver at the breech. These shorter than standard, utilitarian carbines often saw hard use by those who carried them, such as the trappers from whom they got their name. Many of these guns spent their life exposed to the elements along with their owners, and used as a tool with little thought of being viewed favorably in a future collectors market. Thus, these carbines are, more often than not, seen with very little finish remaining and wearing all of the scars of their working life, making an example like this, in such exceptional condition, exceedingly rare. The desirable 16 inch barrel on this example is marked with two-line model/trademark/caliber marking on the left of the barrel near the breech. The upper tang is marked with the three-line model/trademark/patent information and the serial number is marked on the bottom of the receiver. It is fitted with pinned blade front and folding ladder rear sights, and a saddle ring and staple on the left side of the receiver. Mounted with a smooth forearm and straight grip stock with a carbine buttplate. Trapper's Carbines are desirable no matter the configuration or condition, but the 16 inch barrel versions are especially so, as it is the shortest barrel length allowed without requiring an ATF exemption letter. Along with having such a desirable barrel length, this example is chambered in the most popular Model 1892 caliber, .44 W.C.F. Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection

Rating Definition:

Exceptionally fine, retains 85% plus of the original blue finish on the barrel and magazine tube, 90% plus of the original blue on the receiver, and 75% plus original blue on the remainder, with the balance having thinned to mostly a smooth grey patina, primarily confined to edges and the buttplate. The wood is very fine with a few scattered minor dings and scratches. Mechanically excellent.

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