Manufactured in 1898, this is one of only 652 Model 1886 carbines among the existing records chambered in .38-56 W.C.F. This specific carbine is further rare being that it is one of only 75 recorded as ordered with a shotgun butt. The Model 1886 became extremely popular on the frontier due to its large and powerful caliber options, as well as its improved durability over previous Winchester lever models. The top of the barrel is marked with the two-line address in front of the rear sight and caliber marking at the breech. The model designation is marked on the upper tang and the lower tang is marked with the patent dates and serial number. It is fitted with a pinned German silver front sight, folding ladder rear sight, and a tang mounted Lyman peep sight. It's mounted with a smooth forearm and straight grip stock with a hard rubber shotgun buttplate. The included factory letter confirms the configuration including the special order buttplate as well as shipment on 26 August 1898.
Very good, retains 30% of the original blue finish, primarily on the magazine, with the balance having thinned to either a smooth brown or smooth grey patina with some scattered light surface pitting and oxidation, typical of a working gun that spent years on the frontier. The wood is also very good with a couple hairline cracks and old minor chips in the forearm and otherwise some scattered minor dings and scratches. Mechanically excellent. A scarce special order Winchester Model 1886 full of Wild West character!
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