Winchester 1892 Takedown Rifle makes a comeback

The takedown version of the famous Winchester 1892 lever action rifle was last manufactured in 1932. For the first time in 77 years Winchester are producing a limited run of the rifle.

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.45 Long Colt 20″ Barreled Version

The deluxe rifles feature high grade walnut stocks and octagonal barrel. The 20″ version is chambered in .44-40 and .45 Long Colt and has a MSRP of $1874.95. The 24″ version is chambered in .44-40, .38-40, .32-20 and .45 Long Colt and has a MSRP of $1899.95.

For each caliber offered, 500 rifles will be made in the 20″ version and 250 in the 24″ version.

Winchester should seriously consider mass producing a modern takedown version in .30-30 and some of the fancy new Marlin cartridges such as the .308 Marlin Express. I think it would sell very well.

Steve Johnson

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  • Around 27 years ago, USRAC (Winchester) introduced rimmed versions of the .308 and .358 Winchester in a beefed up Model 94 variant. They promptly flopped. When is the last time you’ve seen .307 or .356 Winchester ammunition on a store shelf?

    I’d be surprised to learn that these new rifles are built in the US. They are mostly likely made by Miroku in Japan under contract.

  • Tim

    “Winchester should seriously consider mass producing a modern takedown version in .30-30 and some of the fancy new Marlin cartridges such as the .308 Marlin Express. I think it would sell very well.”

    I don’t disagree, that would be a slick set up. It would have to be on a 94 action though, not a 92. The 92 was a short frame designed for pistol cartridges. The 94 is the longer rifle action.

    IIRC, they still can’t make 94’s again yet. There was a contractual issue when they closed the US plant where the rifles could only be produced there until the contract expired. That may be up by now though, I haven’t looked into it for a while.

  • Matt Groom

    New for 2006, the only Winchester I ever lusted after, the 1894 Timber Carbine Scout Take-down model in .30-30 or .44 magnum (.32 Win. Special was announced, but apparently never produced), MSRP $699. I waited anxiously for it to arrive, but before it did , the decided to closer their doors forever. Dumbasses. That’s literally the only .30-30 I ever wanted.

    As for the 1892 take-downs, I like it. BUT there’s no way in hell I’d pay that much for a new “Winchester”, no, no, no. Not when I could get a David Pedersoli that’s exactly the same for $650-$750. I’m not paying that much for a label on a box.

  • Hmm, it looks like Miroku is actually part of the FN/Browning/Winchester family of businesses now.

  • For $1900 I can get so much more rifle, in say, a Springfield Armory.

  • Ken

    Ya 1900 is a bit nuts…

  • Wis. Jim

    I spoke with a Winchester rep recently. They are anxious to return the M-94 back into production asap, as Tim said they must wait out the “no-build” timeframe. It appears that the 94 will also be built next to the currrent M70’s in the FNH plant in S.C. as soon as they can. If quality is as good as the new M70-s these will be the best ’94s ever! I am waiting for one!

  • Rick

    Did you say $1900, dang thats steap, I remember when you could buy a new Winchester 3030 for about $250 and a used one for $125.
    For $1900 You can buy a Good Rifle, with a Leupold Scope, and a handgun to boot.

  • Marc Russo

    A takedown Model 92 with a short “Trapper” barrel and synthetic stock would be an ideal backpacker/survival weapon. The action can handle .44 magnum which is a superior close range defensive round to a .30-.30. The lever throw is shorter with less chance of a short stroke. And the .44 magnum develops 30% more power out of a 16″ barrel.

    A carrying case capable of flotation would sell well to canoeists, kayakers, and other boaters.

    The above would sell very well if offered at a reasonable price.

  • Old Klingon

    The new 1892 Winchester (Miroku) deluxe takedown trapper in 44 magnum is an excellent reproduction of this old design. The wood to metal fit is great, the blue finish is well done and reflect quality workmanship. In my opinion, these new guns are comparable if not better than the old ones. The action is buttery smooth, the trigger is about 5 pounds, and the gun is extremely handy. Mine shoots between 3 and 4 inches at 100 yards. All in all I believe for folks that like these western style guns, it is good value for the dollar. Wish you all well. Good luck and good shooting.

  • Marc Russo

    The ideal would be a popularly priced takedown ’92 in .357 and/or .44 magnum with a 16″ barrel. The ideal backpacker/off roader gun. A couple of hundred extra bucks could make a stainless steel, synthetic stock “marine” model available to canoeists and boaters. A similar formula in .30-.30 and perhaps .35 Remington based on the ’94 action would be another possibility. A lightweight take down pump in the same calibers like the old made in Israel Timberwolf carbine would have the same appeal.

    I think that these carbines would sell by the truckload. The perfect thing for outdoors types, travelers, or the the gun psycho who thinks he has everything.

  • Concernimg the Model 1892. Just aquired one in 44-40(WCF) and love it. Priced at just under $1,000.00 it was worth it! Mine is a 2008 “Special takedown”. Don’t know where it has been for that time but it was NIB an #61 of 251.

    With todays economics, a little inflation, and some demand for all things Winchester( well from my point of view ) this takedown version is very close to the original(had my hands on one, couldn’t get my wallet around it though). Rebound hammer and tang safety make sense to me and do not take away from looks or function.

    Shoots a little high but if one checks the rounds and trusts the rifle it will shoot inside a coffee mug at 100 yards with the iron sights. I want to try it wit a “regged hole” peep sight asap.

    If you get a chance check out the 44-40 version. Good shooting

  • RJ

    Looking for a trapper takedown in .357 cal found a 45 LC for $1600 but really want a .357 still looking…

  • Stephen Hatt

    Looking for a takedown trapper, 16 in. octagonal barrel in either .357 or .44 cal. Ready to buy ASAP.

  • Richard Hackler

    Hello, I did a Google search and this forum came up. I’ve been looking at Winchesters and while I can’t purchase one right now I have found information that might be of assistance to some of you. The following guns are for sale on these sights.
    These are all Model 1892 Takedowns: .To get to these go Rifles-Winchester Rifles-Modern Lever-Other Lever and you will find the following:

    32-20 20″ $1,500
    357 Mag-16″ $1,795
    44-40 20″ $1,695
    45 Colt 20″ $1,049 ;$1,129 ;$1,199 ;$1,499 .To get to these go Rifles-Winchester 1892

    32-20 24″ $1,179
    44-40 20″ $1,149; $1,865

    Hope this helps out.

  • Marc Russo

    Helpful information Richard. Now all we need is a popular price and a .44 magnum witha 16″ barrel. A variant with a synthetic stock and parkerized finish would be supreme!

  • Mike

    What were the specs of the TV series Rifleman 1892 44-40 model ? I would love to own one especially if it were an original production.

    • marc russo

      It certainly wasn’t a takedown and had a conventional 20″ barrel with a wide looped lever. It had a number of special modifications for the trick firing demonstrated on the show—which also required the athletic prowess of Chuck Connors. There is a good description of these at the Rifleman’s Rifle website. The site doesn’t mention something that I had read in the past. That the fact that the rifle could fire solely by cycling the lever, required it to registered with the federal government under the National Firearms Act of 1934.