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Revised: 9/17/2012 

Please Note: It is believed that the serial numbers were also re-enhanced.

EXTREMELY RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 TRAPPER LEVER ACTION SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN 60968. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Extraordinarily rare trapper carbine with 12″ bbl, full magazine, tall, square base front sight, carbine ladder rear sight & Lyman tang sight. Left side of receiver has a staple & ring. Mounted with gum wood 7-7/8″ carbine forearm and straight stock with carbine buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this carbine, as found, received in warehouse June 29, 1896 and shipped next day. Also accompanied by a Dept. of Treasury, BATF, letter dated Sept. 23, 1986 exempting this carbine from the provisions of the Gun Control Act of 1968 and classifying it as a Curio & Relic. Additionally accompanied by a copy of a 2-page article by James M. Huntley believed to have run in the Winchester Collector magazine on pp. 28-29 from an unknown date. In the article Mr. Huntley states that when he purchased this carbine it had recently been discovered in Australia and had been poorly refinished. He states that he carefully cleaned & polished the metal and had it professionally restored to Winchester style finishes. He also states that he installed orig replacement wood. The title of his article is Only Three in the World. Whether this is fact or not has not been determined but it is known that 12″ trappers are extraordinarily rare. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 96-97% fine Winchester style blue and the bbl bands strong blue with high point wear; receiver retains 88-90% bright Winchester style blue, thinning on bottom, with sharp edge wear and a halo from the saddle ring; lever & hammer retain bright case colors, moderately faded on outer faces of lever. Wood is sound with light nicks, dings & scratches, shows a respectable wood to metal fit and retains a hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with frosty pitting. 4-44664 JR90 (15,000-25,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2012
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