Manufactured in 1889, the Winchester Model 1886 was a rugged rifle designed by John Browning that offered very similar firepower to the earlier Model 1876, but in a smaller, more robust package. Thus, just as its predecessor, the Model 1886 quickly found popularity among those on the frontier who needed as rifle as rugged as their lifestyle. This example has the early casehardened receiver which was only standard on the Model 1886 until 1902. The top barrel flat is marked with the two-line address in front of the rear sight and the caliber marking at the breech. The model designation is marked on the upper tang, and the two-line patent dates and serial number are on the lower tang. It is fitted with a blade front sight and elevation adjustable semi-buckhorn rear sight. It's mounted with a smooth forearm and straight grip stock with a crescent buttplate.
Very good, retains 40% of the original blue finish and 20% of the original case colors with the balance having thinned to mostly a smooth grey-brown patina, having all appearances of a rifle cared for by someone who depended on it. The wood is also very good, showing similar care to the metal, with the scattered minor handling marks of a working gun. Mechanically excellent. A fine, honest, working rifle!
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