Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 15: Winchester Model 1892 .44 WCF Smooth Bore SRC

Auction Date: August 26, 2022

Rare and Desirable Special Order Winchester Model 1892 .44 WCF Smooth Bore Lever Action Saddle Ring Carbine

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $6,500 - $10,000

Rare and Desirable Special Order Winchester Model 1892 .44 WCF Smooth Bore Lever Action Saddle Ring Carbine

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1892-Rifle
Type: Carbine
Gauge: 44 WCF
Barrel: 20 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 734
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 24
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun
Description:

This is a truly unique Winchester Model 1892 Saddle Ring Carbine with three special order features that was manufactured in 1914. The unique special order feature on this carbine is the smooth bore 44 W.C.F. chambering. The actual bore diameter measures .420, so that indicates the barrel was never rifled by the factory validating the authenticity of this barrel, it has a half length or button magazine and it is fitted with a very rare short yardage Winchester Express rear sight. This sight is rarely encountered and is calibrated for 50, 100 and 200 yards, with each sight leaf having a small platinum sighting line. The left side of the receiver is fitted with a factory saddle ring and staple. The top left side of the barrel ahead of the rear sight is marked "MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO./NEW HAVEN, CONN. U.S.A. PATENTED OCTOBER 14. 1884.", with the caliber designation "44 W.C.F." at the breech. The rear of the barrel and top of the receiver are stamped with the oval Winchester "W/P" proofmark. The serial number is stamped on the underside of the receiver. The upper receiver tang is marked "MODEL 1892/-WINCHESTER-/TRADE MARK REG. IN U.S. PAT. OFF." Blue finish with casehardened hammer and lever, and mounted with a smooth beautiful straight grain forearm and straight grip stock with a checkered hard rubber shotgun style buttplate. No records are available to writer at time of description, but the gun is undoubtedly original!

Rating Definition:

Excellent. The carbine retains 85% plus of the original blue finish showing a slight amount of blue flaking off on the front underside and top receiver ring of the action and barrel band. The barrel retains 98% of its original factory blue finish. The lever and hammer retain 50% of its original factory case colors. The wood is also excellent with nearly all of the original factory varnish and showing some minor handling marks, with a tight wood to metal fit. The markings are crisp and clear. Mechanically excellent.



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