Model 1892 No. 144201

Winchester 1892 Antique SRC .44 WCF s/n 144201 mfg 1896 – 20” round barrel; full mag; color case hardened lever & hammer; flip-up carbine rear sight; forged based pinned blade front sight; straight grain walnut stocks. Condition overall is near new with some very light handling marks; action is crisp; bore is bright and shiny. Includes Winchester factory letter of authentication from the Cody firearms Museum which identifies this carbine in caliber 44, received in warehouse Aug. 17, 1900 and shipped Aug. 24, 1900 to Order #68770. Antique 1892 saddle ring carbines are very scarce in today’s collecting world and this one is one of the finest examples known.

It is interesting to note that another known model 1892 SRC, s/n 144240 from the Tommy Rholes collection, was shipped on the same order #68770 and sold at a recent James D. Julia Auction for $34,500 and was accompanied by a letter dated Aug. 4, 1980 on Rifle Ranch letterhead, J.S. (Jim) Wilkinson, of Prescott, Arizona, addressed to Frank Weymouth of the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, Prescott, Arizona, wherein this carbine was identified by serial number. Body of the letter states that in about 1950, Roy Dunlap of Tucson, gunsmith & author, purchased wooden cases of Winchester rifles from the Customs warehouse in Nogales, which turned out to be Model 1892 saddle ring carbines. He speculates that they were on the way to Mexico, possibly for Pancho Villa, when they were confiscated by Customs where they remained for many years. Mr. Wilkinson states he purchased several of these "rifles" from Mr. Dunlap and resold them but kept the one with the most beautiful wood for his own collection and at the time of this writing it was unfired; signed "Jim Wilkinson".

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