Winchester 1892 Takedown Rifle makes a comeback

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

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.


.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
Steve Johnson

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  • Marc Russo Marc Russo on Sep 14, 2011

    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 Mike on Jan 23, 2012

    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 Marc russo on Jan 23, 2012

      @Mike 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.

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