The Legendary Winchester Model 1892 Turns 125!
If you’re talking lever-actions, you’re talking Winchester.
The Winchester 1892 turns 125. Happy Anniversary.
The new gun was in Bennett’s hands well before the 30-day deadline.
True to his word, Browning had a working prototype of the rifle test fired two weeks later and the new gun was in T.G. Bennett’s hands well before the 30-day deadline. One of the hallmarks of any John M. Browning design is the gun’s overall size is dictated by the size of the cartridge it will fire. Because the new rifle would use pistol class cartridges exclusively it could be made smaller and lighter than most previous lever-action offerings. The svelte new saddle rifle was quickly dubbed the Model 1892. Like the legendary Model 1873 that preceded it, it was chambered for shorter pistol class cartridges and allowed a man afoot or on horseback to use the same ammo he carried for his revolver.
Another popular program, “Wanted: Dead or Alive” propelled the young actor Steve McQueen to stardom. McQueen’s firearm of choice was a cut-down Model 1892 dubbed the “Mare’s Leg. “While still chambered for a pistol caliber cartridge, studio prop men added an ammo belt filled with huge 45-70 shells to McQueen’s costume because they looked “more impressive” on the low-resolution TV screens of the era.
As Western films and TV programs became scarce in the decades following the 1960s,consumer demand wained and the Model 1892 went into a hiatus. Many experts predicted the rifle would become a mere footnote in firearm history. However, in the 1990s several popular Western-themed motion pictures, coupled with the explosive growth of an exciting new shooting sport called Cowboy Action Shooting (the grown-up version of the ‘Cowboys and Outlaws’ game we all played as kids, except it’s played with targets and live ammo) created a huge demand for authentic firearms of the American Frontier and Wild West eras.
With the value of original vintage Winchesters increasing dramatically every year, often to the point many collectors didn’t want to keep shooting them, Winchester Repeating Arms reintroduced the Model 1892 to an modern and enthusiastic shooting sports audience.
While there are some cheaper knockoffs of the Model 1892 to be found, a great many Winchester enthusiasts insist on carrying and competing with the genuine article – a real lever-action Model 1892 with the timeless name Winchester Repeating Arms marked on the barrel.
For you, we are proud to provide today’s Model 1892, the finest quality saddle gun we’ve ever produced.
And the rest, as the say, is history.
The legendary Annio Oakley Model 1892 was at last year's SHOT Show.
Resource info on the rifle and contents on display -- Annie Oakley's Winchester Model 1892 Smoothbore Rifle Winchester Repeating Arms Company (New Haven, CT), .44WCF, serial number 301670, date: 1905 Annie Oakley (1860 - 1926) was one of the most popular performers for Buffalo Bill's Wild West. Oakley was born Phoebe Ann Moses in Darke County, Ohio and began hunting at an early age to support her family. At the age of 15, she entered a shooting match with famed marksman Frank E. Butler. Oakley won the match, ultimately married Butler, and went on to international fame for her marksmanship.
This half round/half octagon barreled Model 1892 custom rifle was made for and used by Annie Oakley. The use of shot necessitated the smoothbore barrel on this gun. The range of the shot was reasonably short enough to prevent injuries when performing for large crowds
Copyright Winchester Repeating Arms, 2017. Written by Winchester Repeating Arms staff writer Scott Engen. Photos copyright by Winchester Repeating Arms, from Browning company archives (used with permission) in the public domain or as indicated in the caption.