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*VERY RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 LEVER ACTION MUSKET. SN 589125. Cal. 32 WCF (32-20). Very rare musket in an even more rare cal. with 30″ rnd bbl, full magazine, German silver blade in the square base front sight and 900-yd musket ladder rear sight. Mounted with nicely figured, slab sawed, uncheckered American walnut with full length forearm that has three bands and straight stock with carbine style buttplate. Bottom of stock & middle band have sling wires. Winchester, hoping for U.S. military orders produced the musket primarily in 44 caliber. When military orders did not materialize, Winchester turned to foreign military markets which efforts were equally unsuccessful. Even though the Model 1892 was produced in fairly large quantities, something in excess of 1,000,000, only a few were produced as muskets and of those few muskets produced, extremely few were in 32-20 & 25-20 cals. These small bore muskets are practically unknown in the collector’s world today. CONDITION: Good to very good. Bbl retains about 60-65% orig blue turning plum with a few light nicks on top; bbl bands are a plum brown patina; receiver is a mottled, smooth plummy brown patina with light wrench marks on both sides. Stock has a chip on both sides of top tang at the receiver, otherwise wood is sound with a smooth weathered hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, worn dark bore. In over 50 years of handling Winchesters this is only the second musket in caliber 32-20 that this cataloger can recall examining. 4-46809 JR300 (6,000-10,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2012
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