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  Excellent 16 Inch Trapper
Winchester 1892 Chambered in
the Favorite .44 W.C.F.
LOT 3078
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.
CONDITION: 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.
Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection.
Estimate: 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. - Serial no. 954415, 44 WCF cal., 16 inch round bbl., blue finish, walnut stock. 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

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