Winchester 1892 Saddle Ring Carbine SRC 18″ .44-40 Lever Rifle, 1913 C&R

SOLD FOR: $1,100.30

WOA#: WY240326CM018

Make: Winchester Repeating Arms

Model: 1892 Saddle Ring Carbine

Serial Number: 697423

Year of Manufacture: 1913

Caliber: .44-40 Winchester Center Fire (WCF)

Action Type: This rifle has a lever action with a full-length magazine tube.

Markings: The left of the barrel is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. / NEW HAVEN, CONN. U.S.A. PATENTED OCTOBER 14. 1884.” in front of the rear sight and at the receiver with “44-40 W.C.F.”. The top of the barrel at the receiver and the top of the receiver’s chamber ring are each marked with an ovalled “WP” proof. The underside of the receiver is marked “697423”.  The upper tang is marked “MODEL 1892 / -WINCHESTER- / TRADE MARK REG. IN U.S. PAT. OFF.”.

Barrel Length: The round barrel has been cut to 18″.

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade pinned in a slotted base fixed to the front of the barrel. The rear sight is a folding three-leaf “V”-notch sight dovetailed to the rear of the barrel. The rear notch is marked “50”, the ears of the middle notch have broken off, the front notch is marked “2”. The top tang is drilled and tapped and filled for a tang sight (none present).

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece smooth walnut with banded forend, straight grip, straight comb and steel carbine-style buttplate. The stocks have some scattered nicks, scuffs and scratches. There are a few more notable dings in the forend. There are some marks that are dark and finished over. There is a patch-repair in the right-front of the wrist. There are some cracks around the front edges of the wrist. The wood is generally shy to the metal. The LOP measures 12 7/8″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has mostly worn to white with some discoloration and scattered nicks. Overall, the stocks are in Good condition as refinished.

Type of Finish: Blued

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is gray with well defined rifling. There is some scattered erosion and pitting in the bore. There is an odd bulge in the top of the bore at the location of the front sight. In this writer’s opinion, the bore rates 5 out of 10.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 3% of its metal finish. Finish remains only in well protected areas. Most surfaces have worn or been polished to white, some have gone to a patina. There is some scattered surface oxidation and erosion. There are several scattered nicks, scuffs and scratches. The action shows operational wear. The screw heads range from sharp to disfigured with usable slots. The markings range from clear to worn, but legible. Overall, this rifle is in about Good condition as modified.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The hammer has a half-cock safety. The lever lock-up is tight and the trigger is crisp. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.

Our Assessment: This is a Winchester Model 1892 Saddle Ring Carbine made in 1913, while sales of the model were in full swing. The rifle is chambered in .44-40 Winchester and has a round barrel that has been cut back to 18″. This rifle is in about Good condition, wear consistent with its age, some damage and repair to the stocks, a fair bore and strong mechanics. The 1892 is a classic Winchester lever gun, making appearances in a wild array of Western movies and television shows as well as seeing extensive use all across America as a hunting and utility rifle. This rifle would make a great display in any collection and with a little TLC, may still be a great shooter. Please see our photos and good luck!

Please forgive any typos, I was educated in California. -Bud

Winchester 1892 Saddle Ring Carbine SRC 18" .44-40 Lever Rifle, 1913 C&R
Winchester 1892 Saddle Ring Carbine SRC 18″ .44-40 Lever Rifle, 1913 C&R