Winchester 1892 Large Loop Carbine

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Winchester is resuming manufacture of the Winchester 1892 Large Loop Carbine. With a MSRP of $1,259.99 it is not cheap.

From the press release …

… the introduction of the 1892 Large Loop Carbine back in to their rifle line for 2012. The new rifle looks just like the original 1892 with a 20-inch button-rifled barrel and overall length of 37 ½ inches. It features a Grade 1 walnut stock with a rich, satin finish. The steel contoured carbine strap buttplate is quick to shoulder and protects the buttstock from damage.

The new 1892 also features a Marble Arms front sight with brass bead and an adjustable rear sight. The full length magazine holds 10 cartridges and the rifle is available in 4 calibers: 357 Mag., 44 Rem Mag., 44-40 Winchester and 45 Colt. Each rifle comes with an eye-catching saddle ring.

However, the most distinguished feature of the rifle is the Large Loop Lever with radiused edges. The lever makes it easy to cycle the rife, even with gloves on. The 1892 will be produced in limited quantities so interested buyers need to contact their Winchester Repeating Arms dealer soon.

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  • John Doe

    That’s a piece of art.

    Although I love the Marlin 1894, I wouldn’t mind owning one of these.

  • Anonymous synonomous

    I hate Winchester for making so few production runs so far apart, and then still not offering what we wanted in the first place.

    Where is a Russian contract 1895? Cheap plinking with 7.62x54R.

    • Vhyrus

      Because an 80 dollar Mosin isn’t cheap enough?

    • Rangefinder

      The last I checked the Mosin was not a lever gun. Anyway, the Browning BLR is an option if you are interested in the 1895. It is not a musket like the russian contract, but utilizies a box magazine. Downside, like Winchester, Browning is not cheap.

    • Raoul O’Shaughnessy

      I would guess that the reason for no issuance of a 7.62x54R 1895 is similar to the reason T/C never offered a 7.62×39 barrel for their Contender – the cheap surplus ammo that makes these chamberings attractive is almost always foreign-made with complicated (or missing) pedigrees. Who knows if the Glorious Workers at Revolutionary Metal Factory #59 actually used real gunpowder or fireworks powder when assembling the stuff? Did the illiterate workers at the Uzbekhighanikhazikislovistan munitions plant even bother to check if the bullets were the right diameter? Surplus military ammo from the old communist regimes is not exactly a quality-control success story… so, rather than get a lawsuit every week where someone’s 1895 Winchester turned into a pipe bomb, the factory just doesnt chamber a gun in it. Sure, it’d be safe with quality commercial 7.62x54R or 7.62×39 but not very many people buy Mosin Nagants and SKS for the purpose of shooting brass-cased Remington ammo.

      • John Doe

        7.62x54R is a dirt-cheap and awesome round. The argument ends here.

      • Komrad

        I don’t think that it works quite like that. It does work the other way though. Fiocci and Prvi loadings of the 7.62x38mmR Nagant cartridge load it a couple hundred FPS lower than original Russian specs, same deal with a lot of older cartridges.

        It probably has more to do with the economics of it. Who would buy an m1895 in 7.62x54mm? Some collectors, but probably not enough to justify the tooling up. People who want to plink with it? Maybe, but the gun would cost as much as a crate of Mosin-Nagant rifles. Hunters looking for a deer rifle? Precious few when there’s a newer .300 Remchesterby Ultra Super Short Magnum that provides 1.5 more fps in a .04″ shorter case than a standard .300 Remchesterby Ultra Short Magnum. Cowboy action shooters? Maybe, but I don’t know if they would be allowed in some competitions and they aren’t really cowboy anyway.

        I’d love to own one, but not for the price Winchester would charge.

  • Zack

    I still think an 1892 chambered for .45ACP would be a hit.

    Ed Harris custom built a Marlin to do it.

    http://www.grantcunningham.com/blog_files/fa46922694e70e9f97e81c4de57e1515-941.html

  • hojo

    Holy crap, an attractive lever action… where am I? :-P

    But seriously… WANT!

    But as much as I want 1260 bucks? I’m not so sure.

    • BluegrassGeek

      Yeah, I’d love to get my hands on one of these, but it’s not $1200 love

  • Vhyrus

    wow…. 1300? There must be some rich cowboys out there. You can get a Rossi for less than half that. You could even get a Henry Big Boy for less than a grand.

  • Lance

    Not worth it you can buy a used 94 Winchester much cheaper and its 30-30 WCF is a far better caliber than .357 mag.

    • ThomasD

      In pistol calibers the two rifles are not remotely comparable. Go find a 92 and cycle the action a few times to find out why. Aside from the speed and smoothness the 92 also does not exhibit the round-under-the-elevator-jam that is common to the 94 when it is not fully and briskly cycled.

      As far as rifle calibers are concerned Winchester could easily increase their sales of this rifle (and at this price) if they did a special run of them in .32-20.

  • RecoveringAtheist

    Made in USA or Japan?

  • Charlie

    I’ve got Winchesters (made in the USA) in .30-30, .30-40 Krag and .45-70 for half the price. If I want a big loop, I can get one after market or get a new Marlin or Rio Grande. If I want a foreign made handgun caliber lever rifle, I can get a Puma M-92 for substantially less.

  • http://homeplace-artsstuff.blogspot.com/ Arthur B. Burnett

    Greetings from Texas,
    I’m with Anonymous synonomous. I would love to have a repop of the Russian 1895. I have sever Mosin Nagants and their fine, but the Russian 1895 would be something special.

  • Raoul O’Shaughnessy

    Tomorrows prices for yesterdays technology, today!

  • Samopal

    I wonder how much money FN is making selling these Winchesters as premium collectors items instead of everyman’s working rifles like they’re supposed to be.

    Is it so hard to produce a few with regular wood and bluing for us common folk?

    • ThomasD

      I’d have to see one up close before passing final judgement.

      If the fit and finish is proper, the the price is justified. As are the choice of materials, as it would be a false economy to skimp on parts given the expense in man-hours spent fitting them smoothly and cleanly together.

      But if it is machine/CNC level fit and finish? Then no, you are entirely correct.

      • Samopal

        Don’t get me wrong, these are gorgeous rifles, very well fitted and finished. My complaint is that FN has taken the Winchester line in the direction of collector’s firearms. They don’t have any “regular” models for us guys who just want a reasonably-priced working rifle like the old Winchesters.

  • West

    Dang, should I be making more money at this point in my life?
    I cant seem to justify paying the price for anything lately.

    Oh well, still got the Winchester .30-.30.

  • Michael

    Whatever happened to the cheap Winchester 30/30s that Kmart used to sell for around $200. I wish I had could buy one of those

  • Netforce

    Now that’s a classic.

  • Project1873

    Just got mine. Wrestled with the caliber, but went with the .45 for reloading ease. I have to say fit and finish is beautiful. If you ever looked up to McCain and Wayne, you’ve been waiting for this for a long time. I wouldn’t call it a competition gun. The large loop doesn’t exactly speed it up, but man I LOVE this gun.

    • http://TheFirearmBlog Tim

      To Project 1873. You mentioned you got a hold of one of these. Where? I’d like to get the 357 version. Called Winchester and was told it wouldn’t be out till December 2012

  • Axel Nordberg

    Could someone with experience elaborate on these big loop levers? What’s it like to work them compared to a normal one? To me they just look a bit too big, as if your hand has to move an extra inch before hitting the lever, and then an extra inch on the way back when closing.

    What are they like?