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*VERY RARE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 DELUXE TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 890208. Cal. 32 WCF (32-20). Beautiful, deluxe ’92 with 24-1/4″ rnd bbl, half magazine, takedown, standard front sight with screw & flat top rear sight. Receiver has double set trigger. Mounted with beautiful center crotch, about 2X, flame grain American walnut, with H-style checkered forearm and capped pistol grip stock with smooth steel shotgun buttplate. Left side of upper tang, under the wood is marked with the assembly number “658”. Buttstock has matching assembly number on the rear face under buttplate. Inside toe of buttplate has the assembly number “344”. Top tang is marked “Model 1892” and bbl is marked “Model 92”. The tang marking on this rifle is shown in The Winchester Book, Madis, as having been used from about serial number 280,000 to about serial number 500,000. The bbl marking is identical to the model 53 roll mark with “92” replacing “53”. Since the model 53 was not introduced until 1924 and this rifle appears to have been manufactured in 1919 it would lead one to speculate that this rifle is a factory rebuild, utilizing a new bbl produced after 1924. Accompanied by a cardboard 2-pc box with a red, white & blue label that also has some Spanish lettering. Top of box also has handwritten notation in pencil which identifies this rifle by serial number. The other end of the box, on top has the handwritten date “8/25/69”. Both ends are covered with old cloth tape with one end having the pencil number “59897-3”. The other end appears to be blank. Bottom of the box is marked with the box manufacturers logo and what may be the date “41”. This box is the same approximate construction as boxes of that era which were used for the model 53, 55, 64 & 65, which lends further credence to the speculation that restoration was at the factory sometime in the 1920s to 1940s. Model 1892 rifles while not scarce, with over 1 million rifles & carbines produced from 1892 to 1941 in deluxe & standard configurations, in 4 different calibers but very few were ever ordered with deluxe features, making this a quite rare item. PROVENANCE: Woody Frey Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Overall retains about all of a spectacular restored factory-style finish with bright blue & fine wood finish. Triggers need adjusting, otherwise mechanics are fine. Brilliant shiny bore, appears to be unfired since restoration. 4-48463 JR232 (8,000-12,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2013
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