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August 31, 2015
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My father-in-law bought an 1892 more than 50 years ago, mostly because it had a low serial number (202).  It was restored by a very good gunsmith back in the day and is the only reblued gun in his collection.  It has always sat in the back of his gun safe as kind of a novelty.  Earlier this month, I was cruising the net looking at guns when an auction with only 13 minutes remaining caught my eye.  It was for a Winchester 1892 with serial number 203.  Sorry if I jumped in at the last minute and took it away from anybody in the club, but I couldn’t let this one get away. 

This afternoon, my wife and I took #203 on a trip to visit #202.  These guns have now been reunited after 123 years and a couple of weeks.  202 shipped on August 15th and 203 on August 17th of 1892.  It’s kind of fun to see these guns together again, even for just a visit.  Someday, I’ll wear my father-in-law down and talk him into a trade, since he never sells.  Until then, they’ll at least be in the same family.

And now begins a lifelong and probably futile search for 201 or 204.Laugh202and-203-003-1.JPGImage Enlarger202and-203-006.JPGImage Enlarger   202and-203-008-1.JPGImage Enlarger

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That’s pretty neat stuff.  Glad you shared it.  At least you have an open ended straight going for you.

Brad

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August 31, 2015
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Well at least I lost out to someone with a better story…. too bad I didn’t know ahead of time, probably could’ve saved you a few bucks.

Nice to hear they are together.

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John

September 1, 2015
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Sorry John.  It’s not my style to jump into an auction at the last minute and sniper bid.  I just happened upon the auction in the last few minutes.  I almost didn’t bid on it, because I don’t collect many 1892’s, but I just knew it would be one of those guns that I would think about and wish I had tried to buy.  Thanks for being understanding.

September 1, 2015
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No worries at all…. I’m the same way.  The early number intrigued me, but glad you can put them together.  I’m much more interested in things being where they belong.

If I run across 201 or 204 I’ll let you know.

John

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I have a M1894 SRC # 306366, 30cal. shipped in 1906 with one other carbine as per the letter. I wonder if the other carbine was consecutive? I rather doubt it as Winchester didn’t seem to send out guns in any special serial number order. Finding consecutive guns is very rare. Much easier to find consecutive numbers in contracted military Winchesters. Big Larry

September 1, 2015
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I have found about 15 or more consecutive takedown rifles in my survey, a couple sets of 3.  They are out there, just got to be lucky enough to find them.  I have a friend that found two consecutive first model 1873’s at a gun show about 5 tables apart. 

Neat when you can find them. 

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September 2, 2015
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It’s certainly tough to put consecutive serial numbers together, but the internet is making it much easier.  We now have access to information about so many guns for sale.  Collectors in the past scouring local gun shows and gun shops would have a really hard time finding them.  While still lucky to find them, it is probably much easier than in the past. 

I don’t usually look for consecutive serial numbers, because it’s too time consuming to look up all those numbers on the off chance that they may match up.  However, even I, could remember this three digit number.  Like many collectors, I am interested in the low serial number guns, so finding a consecutive set this low was pretty exciting. 

September 2, 2015
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By coincidence I have two consecutive Anschutz mod 54 rifles Target rifles, made in 1975. One is in a prone stock , one is in a Supermatch Free-rifle stock. A friend was bringing 4 in from England, and didnt notice the numbers till he was filling in export-import documents. He had got them from different places.

I would consider selling if anyone in Canada is interested. They are Mint like new, complete with Aperture target sights ,origional. except for newer oil finish on stocks by my friend (custom stock maker) who sub-contracts for Purdy and other fine English stocks. I am a collector who doesnt sell anything, but am considering thinning down

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I hate paranoid people that put XXX’s in their serial numbers. Cannot find consecutive numbers that way. Here’s an “X” from my collection, so I know there is another with the same serial number. Big Larry

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Mark Douglas said

My father-in-law bought an 1892 more than 50 years ago, mostly because it had a low serial number (202).  It was restored by a very good gunsmith back in the day and is the only reblued gun in his collection.  It has always sat in the back of his gun safe as kind of a novelty.  Earlier this month, I was cruising the net looking at guns when an auction with only 13 minutes remaining caught my eye.  It was for a Winchester 1892 with serial number 203.  Sorry if I jumped in at the last minute and took it away from anybody in the club, but I couldn’t let this one get away. 

This afternoon, my wife and I took #203 on a trip to visit #202.  These guns have now been reunited after 123 years and a couple of weeks.  202 shipped on August 15th and 203 on August 17th of 1892.  It’s kind of fun to see these guns together again, even for just a visit.  Someday, I’ll wear my father-in-law down and talk him into a trade, since he never sells.  Until then, they’ll at least be in the same family.

And now begins a lifelong and probably futile search for 201 or 204.Laugh202and-203-003-1.JPGImage Enlarger202and-203-006.JPGImage Enlarger   202and-203-008-1.JPGImage Enlarger

Hello Mark,

I also saw the auction and thought it was a nice low SN to have.  Glad you put the pair together.  Can you please post a photo of the barrel address from the round barrel rifle.  It should be the 1C style shown in this link.  Are there small set screws in the base of the front sight on either rifle?   It is also interesting to note that the rear sight dovetail appears to be slightly closer to the receiver on the octagon barrel rifle.

http://forums.gunbroker.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=606355

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September 22, 2015
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Hello Mark,

I also saw the auction and thought it was a nice low SN to have.  Glad you put the pair together.  Can you please post a photo of the barrel address from the round barrel rifle.  It should be the 1C style shown in this link.  Are there small set screws in the base of the front sight on either rifle?   It is also interesting to note that the rear sight dovetail appears to be slightly closer to the receiver on the octagon barrel rifle.

http://forums.gunbroker.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=606355

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Michael

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Michael,

Here are photos of the round rifle.  Looks like the barrel address is of the 1C style.  I don’t see set screws in the front sight of this rifle.  I don’t believe the octagon barreled rifle has its original front sight.  I think the rear sight dovetails are in the same location, I have the guns slightly offset in the picture making the octagon barreled rifle’s dovetail look closer to the receiver.  I’ll measure them both next time I have a look at them to confirm this.  Mark

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I just went through the Model 53 survey I have been working on and found one triple consecutive series and 16 two-in-a-row serial numbers, two of which were numbered in the Model 92 series.

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