This is an early antique Model 1892 Winchester Sporting Rifle with a scarce first year production serial number in the 22,000 range. Caliber 44-40 a.k.a. 44 Winchester Center Fire. Standard 24" octagon barrel, full magazine, and crescent rifle buttplate. Nice early Model 1892 features starting with the 1st pattern hammer checkering with decorative dipped border (only found on the first years of production), the two-line barrel address, and the three-line upper tang markings which include inventor John Browning's October 14, 1884 patent date.
Overall Condition is NRA Antique Excellent with 85-90% original receiver blue with some freckling and correct factory forging striations/streaks showing through the blue. 98% bolt blue. Barrel and magazine tube blue have 95% original blue. Hammer, lever, and even the buttplate still retain significant amounts of their original case colors. Nearly all the fire blue remains on the loading port and extractor. Fantastic walnut stocks still retain 95% original varnish with perfect wood-to-metal fit...no chips, cracks, or repairs. Excellent mechanics and Fine+ bore. Standard 1892 sporting rifles in .44-40 with octagon barrels have become highly sought after by Winchester collectors. With only 16% of Model 1892 production being antique, finding one that has survived in Excellent condition has become exceedingly difficult over the past several years. Even at major auctions and well-established gun shows, early antique 1892's in 44 WCF w/ octagon barrels seldom show up for sale in this level of condition. This rifle represents one of the very best of its type we've offered on the website to date!