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Taylor's & Company 1892 Alaskan Take Down

Taylor's & Company 1892 Alaskan Take Down

I’ve had a bit of a thing for lever-actions lately and the new 1892 Alaskan Take Down Rifle from Taylor’s & Company is exactly the sort of gun that has been fuelling my interest.

It’s a modern version of the classic 1892 Rifle with an octagonal barrel. Barrel length is either 16 inches with a capacity of 7+1 rounds or 20 inches with a capacity of 10+1. Chamberings available include the .44 Mag, .357 Mag (16-inch barrel only), and .45 Colt. The barrel is drilled and tapped for optics or an optional Weaver rail.

An over-molded black rubber-ish “soft touch” coating is applied to the stock and forearm, giving a flat black appearance and sure grip. A large D-shaped lever is nice for fast action and gloved hands. The rifle is available in hard chrome and the 16-inch models will also be available in black in a couple of months.

The rifle takes down in a few seconds without tools for storage or carry and reassembles just as quickly.

The hard chrome models retail for $1483 and the black will go for $1412 when it hits the racks.

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Taylor’s & Company 1892 Alaskan Take Down Tooken Down

Shelby Murdoc

Murdoc is a freelancer who writes at various publications and web sites including Shooting Sports Retailer and GunPundit.com.


  • Oldfart

    finally something that isn’t an ar/ak new wundergun

  • Tom of Toms

    I don’t understand the thinking that large loop levers are for speed. Nothing against you Mr. Author, as I’m pretty sure it is just “the thing writers say about large levers” now, but it simply cannot be true all other things being equal.
    More comfortable? Perhaps, especially if you haven’t knocked the edges off your standard levers. Easier with thick gloves? I’ll bite. But faster? Assuming one is speed-levering properly (punching forward with complete disregard for one’s knuckles, rather than “following the arc”) it just can’t be so.

    • Jim Slade
      • Tom of Toms

        Therein lies the totality of their usefulness. Cool gif!

        • int19h

          You have to admit it’s well worth it though!

      • Amplified Heat

        Yeah, apparently if you twirl on a small loop you tend to conk yourself on the head (supposedly John Wayne was knocked unconscious the first time he tried this)

      • josh

        awesome show.

      • steve

        bah bah bah bah bah bah dum de dum dum dum!

    • VF 1777

      I agree. however i can cycle this lever quicker than any of my other levers for some reason, including my Henry 45-70 all weather.

    • josh

      I get what you’re trying to say, try thinking of it this way.
      its faster because you can get your full hand in there to work the action. you dont have to pull the rifle down from your shoulder and grab the lever from the bottom to work it. My Rossi 92 is like this for me, the stock lever was too small for my hands for comfortable use as it was intended, so i put a larger loop on it, now its “faster” because i dont have to remove it from my shoulder to work the action comfortably.

      • Tom of Toms

        The method I mention is to be performed from the shoulder. If your hands don’t fit the standard loop, then you’re a candidate for a larger one. I believe the loop should only be big enough to allow entry and egress of fingers without difficulty, and chosen by whether you’ll be gloved or not most often. Taking the gun from the shoulder to lever the lever is a crime.

        • josh

          yeah… thats what i was saying, but do you understand how what i was saying is “slower”? and the need for a larger one will make it “faster”…

          you said-
          “I don’t understand the thinking that large loop levers are for speed.
          Nothing against you Mr. Author, as I’m pretty sure it is just “the thing
          writers say about large levers” now, but it simply cannot be true all
          other things being equal.”

          i offered the reasoning for why it is… and it seems that you still dont get it…

          • Tom of Toms

            …alright. Of course it is slower. If we’re quoting me though, I believe I ended with “all other things being equal”. This assumes we are operating at speed and from the shoulder, as a good American might. My thinking is that if you’re lowering the gun and operating the lever by grabbing it at the bottom, you’re doing it wrong. It isn’t even on my radar as a legitimate method if we’re after speed. Again, if I was forced to do so because my hand wouldn’t fit with a glove on, I would fit a larger lever.

          • josh

            so are you saying that you now understand the “large loop levers are for speed”?

            as far as

            “If we’re quoting me though, I believe I ended with “all other things being equal”.”

            you did, but not in the manner as you are implying in your most recent post… at least not that i can see. here is your full post,

            “I don’t understand the thinking that large loop levers are for speed.
            Nothing against you Mr. Author, as I’m pretty sure it is just “the thing
            writers say about large levers” now, but it simply cannot be true all
            other things being equal.
            More comfortable? Perhaps, especially if
            you haven’t knocked the edges off your standard levers. Easier with
            thick gloves? I’ll bite. But faster? Assuming one is speed-levering
            properly (punching forward with complete disregard for one’s knuckles,
            rather than “following the arc”) it just can’t be so.”

          • Tom of Toms

            Good god, dude. Always from the shoulder, and a comparison otherwise is oranges to apples. I’m done re-reading myself. I understood your point right out, but if you need a larger lever to use the gun properly, it is a necessity not an upgrade, so such a comparison is moot.

          • josh

            you’re the one who said that you didn’t understand/ believe that large loops are for faster operation…

          • Tom of Toms

            The point of my original comment was that the large loops shouldn’t be advertised or marketed as “faster”. They may make it possible to use the gun properly with gloves or giant Paul Bunyan hands, but they dont make it possible to use a particular gun more quickly assuming you are able to use a standard loop without issue.

            Good talk, amigo. Let’s go shoot some lever guns.

          • josh

            thats just it, the writer is assuming that the shooter cant use a normal one.

            as far as going to shoot lever guns… im stuck in the middle east for the foreseeable future. that and the chances that we are anywhere near each other state side is not very good. I live in Alaska.

  • Tim

    Neat rifle, but there is no way in hades that thing is “3 x the value” of the very competent Rossi 92.

    • gusto

      no rossi92 comes with a rail, the mounts that are aviable are fugly as hell

      I have a rossi92 but as fool I bought the long octagonal one ): I am a strong big dude but no way I am lugging that around hunting

      and yes I can shoot comfortably out to 150yards with good succes I know how much it drops and where to hold but I won’t do it on a game animal

      unless you have a friend who is a gunsmith you don’t do that yourself, don’t even know if it is safe to to with rossi barrels

      • Tim

        So……..$1,500 sounds about right?……

    • Porty1119

      I dunno. The Rossi rifles tend to require quite a bit of action work, and the extra time spent on American labor and better fit and finish likely do add up near to three times the value.

      • Paul White

        Mine hasn’t needed any action work to be 100% reliable with 357s of various weights, but I haven’t really tested 38s much. Dunno, it’s definitely a rougher gun than this, but unless you’re really well heeled…

    • dltaylor51

      Its a 92 take down,its going to be expensive as hell,lots of work getting a take down to head space right.

  • Tracy Thorleifson

    Daddy likes! Thread it for a can, and you’ve got the handiest hog eliminator on the block, not to mention the most compact, bestest kit/survival rifle, ever. I’m gonna get one one just so I can be the envy of all my friends, neighbors, and hunting buddies! 🙂

  • VF 1777

    …looks like mine is actually the ‘matte chrome’ and this is a new ‘hard chrome’ model, btw

  • Phil

    It would probably be good to mention that these rifles in addition to other Taylor’s & Co. 1892’s are made by Chiappa. I don’t know if that is good or bad, but I do know that I have to have one of these to complement my original Winchester 1892.

  • BeoBear

    I’m not a big fan of Chiappa anything but I’ve read nothing but good about these Taylor & Co. spec’d rifles. They look great and I’m already a fan of small lightweight lever guns having grown up shooting an early top eject Winchester 94 .44 magnum. A relatively weather proof take down .44 magnum lever gun is pretty much the ultimate outdoorsman (or outdoorswoman) gun choice, especially if you enjoy the “western” romance of these type firearms.

    However, it’s a damn shame that we have to ooh and ahh over a foreign made lever gun patterned off of a historic American companies design because they now make their guns in frickin’ JAPAN!!! Every time I see their commercials showing the old Winchester emblem with “American Legend” under it I want to punch their company execs in the nutsack.

    I am considering therapy though.

    • Tom of Toms

      What’s worse?

      American design made in foreign lands, and sold under pretense of being American? Or German design influenced by American design, and made domestically under the pretense of being American?

      Therapy won’t work.

      • BeoBear

        Both suck but I still think that a classic American “old west” design being made in Japan is worse. The only way I know for sure that ghosts don’t exist is because the folks at Browning who made the decision to move production to Japan haven’t been ripped apart by malevolent spirits in cowboy hats.

        Screw therapy, I’m not ashamed to say I want to use their nutsacks for a punching bag.

        • Marcus D.

          The decision to move production to Japan was made long before Browning came along. I have a U.S. Repeating Arms 1892 Winchester that was made in Japan, same company in fact that now makes them under the Winchester brand name. As you may recall, when Winchester imploded, it spun off the firearms business to its employees, whose company was the U.S. Repeating Arms Co. That company eventually went bankrupt and was bought up by Olin, which in turn sold off the firearms business to Browning (but kept the name and leased it to Browning), keeping the ammunition business.

          • BeoBear

            I was just going by what Winchester says on their website. They said the decision was made after Olin sold to Browning. Either way Winchester was in serious trouble at the time as you mention. Their reasoning was that it was better for the lever guns to be made in Japan than not at all, however, I agree with Anthony Emparato of Henry who’s decree is “Made in USA or not at all”. The guns may be stamped with the Winchester name but once they stamped “made in Japan” on them they ceased being the same gun. Just my opinion of course.

          • Marcus D.

            I can tell you that the quality of the Japanese rifle is excellent. Mine cycles smoothly, and has excellent fit and finish. Not only mine, but a new one I looked at in a gun store (in .357) was slick as snot, unlike, as I’ve read, the Rossis out of the box. Of course, the Rossi is $500 or so, while a new Winchester is about $1200. And the Winchester, unless you upgrade to the case hardened finish on the Rossi, is superior.

            Nor am I stuck on made in America. Of all of my guns, the only one I have that was MIA is a Kimber, and that gun was an unreliable piece of junk until I’d put about 1400 rounds through it and a new Wolff spring. W ell, I guess my AR is too–’cause I built that…

          • BeoBear

            Not arguing that, the Miroku made rifles are extremely well made. They still have those ridiculous safeties, which is a deal killer for me, but quality guns. My opinion isn’t based on the quality of the gun, just the situation.

            I own guns made in other countries, I’m not opposed to that at all. I am, however, opposed to purchasing traditionally made American firearms, especially those with the history of Winchester, that are now made overseas. I’d buy another Winchester in a heartbeat if it were still made in America and that ridiculous safety were deleted of course. I buy American when I can. All my single action guns are Rugers, as opposed to Uberti or Pietta even though they make quality firearms. My lever guns are top eject (pre-safety) Winchesters and Henry. I have no interest in buying foreign made “western era” firearms when I can buy as good or better guns made by American manufacturers. In those situations where there is no American offering, I’ll buy a foreign made gun with no problem.

            I’m not opposed to buying foreign made guns, I just prefer to put American manufacturers first when I can.

          • Marcus D.

            I don’t disagree. However, when it comes to “western” arms, such as the black powder guns, the only originals are antiques that are far over my budget and probably shouldn’t be shot any more. AFAIK, the later Colt series guns were actually Italian parts assembled in the US under license. Colt still makes 1873s, but their prices exceed my meager budget, though I have lusted after some of their specialty engraved and blued guns that cost thousands. So I console myself with the Italian reproductions, all of which to date that I have bought required a bit of hand tuning to work right, and a fine finish sanding and application of TruOil on the grips to look right. The Rugers never looked quite right, didn’t have the classic Colt lines that made the 1873 a (to my mind) gorgeous firearm.

            Oh, and I forgot, my carry gun is a Kahr. Love it, and it was under $400. Being a Californian, my choices in modern semi-auto firearms are “confined,” shall we say.

          • BeoBear

            You are definitely kneecapped when it comes to black powder “western” guns, options are foreign made or none. I would like to own a stainless Ruger Old Army although it’s not exactly a copy of anything original. I’ve been lusting over a Colt SAA (a blued/color case hardened, 4 3/4″, .45 Colt w/stag grips) but as you said, they are pricey. I agree that the Rugers aren’t true copies but I have no doubt that if Sam Colt had seen a Ruger from the future he would have thrown out his blueprint and built his guns just like Bill Ruger. The ability to safely carry 6 rounds is all the reason enough for me to choose them. While the old large frame Ruger Vaquero’s were bigger and heavier than the early Colt design, they New Vaquero’s are extremely close to the size and weight with the added benefit of the transfer bar safety, coil mainspring and stronger design. That’s a package that is just impossible to beat with an Italian copy in my opinion.

            That Colt SAA is my unicorn gun along with a Shiloh or C. Sharps .45-70 Sharps Carbine right up there. Both are out of my budget sadly. My preferred carry gun is an STI Elektra in .45acp.. That gun is insanely accurate, perfectly reliable, excellent quality, fantastic trigger, fantastic sights and I swear the bullets must be laser guided because they never seem to miss 🙂

          • Tom of Toms

            Don’t have an account so I can upvote, so here is a symbolic upvote comment.

            The Ruger Old Army is stupid cool. I know Mr. Ruger gets a battery of flak when brought up, but I imagine you’re spot on with your “Samuel Colt finds a Blackhawk” scenario.

  • KnoKnees

    Wild West Guns (.com) already makes a somewhat more refined example of this type of platform, primarily offered in 45-70. Unfortunately, it’s considerably more expensive. Very interesting nonetheless.

  • Protestant Rambler

    Uh… these have been out for a while now.

    • VF 1777

      It’s the hard chrome finish that’s new. Mine (got 2 years ago) is “matte-chrome”

      • Protestant Rambler

        Ah, I see. Guess I was wrong!

  • Amplified Heat

    It went unmentioned, but there is a matching 45-70 1886 takedown in the same silver/black color scheme offered by Taylor/Chiappa.

  • Sand

    I have the same gun and love it. it’s very popular at the range, especially the takedown feature. the recoil and muzzle blast are low enough that my wife will shoot it, but still enough to be more satisfying than .22.

    I did notice that some .38 special will not feed properly and lock the gun up pretty hard. The manual has a minimum length specification for ammo, but I haven’t busted out the calipers to check the two or three brands that I ran through it. I pretty much just feed it .357 and call it good.