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 LOT 3042
Outstanding Winchester Model 92 Lever Action Rifle in Desirable .44-40 W.C.F. - Serial no. 900189, 44-40 WCF cal., 24 inch round bbl., blue finish, walnut stock. As the spiritual successor of the Model 1873,
the Model 1892 was popular in the West for much the same reason, its ability to be paired with a Colt Single Action Army revolver chambered in the same caliber. “Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms” pointed out: “The ‘92 was so well made, functional, and attractive that many specimens still do service today in the hands of hunters and shooters.” Like its predecessors the Model 1892 was a “working man’s gun”, and thus surviving examples often display all the character of hard use. This classic example of a Model 92 rifle, however, remains in excellent condition, having the appearance of just being released from the factory. It was manufactured in the 1920. The rifle is fitted with a dovetail front sight and an elevation adjustable rear sight on a barrel, marked with the two-line Winchester address/patent dates legend ahead of the rear sight and “44 WCF” at the breech. A Winchester factory oval proof is stamped on the barrel and receiver at the breech. The upper tang has the three-line model/trade mark information. The serial number is stamped on the underside of the frame. Mounted with plain walnut forearm and straight grip stock. The buttstock is fitted with a crescent buttplate.
CONDITION: Excellent plus, near new retaining 99% original blue finish with slight edge wear on the buttplate. Nearly all original nitre blue remains on the loading gate. The wood is also excellent plus with limited handling marks and remaining nearly all original finish. Mechanically excellent. A superb example of a Winchester Model 92 lever action .44-40 rifle. A must have for the serious Winchester or lever action collector. Estimate: 15,000 - 25,000

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