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i picked up a Winchester 1892 with the US Property stamp. So was it a military gun. Year build 1895. 

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Ted,

Short answer… No. it was not. The U.S. government did not purchase any Model 1892s. What is the caliber and serial number?

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5  digit serial 942xx and barrel isn’t marked with cal. 

I will ad she’s in bad shape almost no rifling left and 2 bulges in the barrel. 

i bought it for the US marking 

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Why do you think it was marked US ? I would like to at the least clean it up and put it on the wall, with a note of the history. 

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5  digit serial 942xx and barrel isn’t marked with cal. 

I will ad she’s in bad shape almost no rifling left and 2 bulges in the barrel. 

i bought it for the US marking   

Ted,

Model 1892 serial number 94200 was manufactured in the year 1898 (approximately mid year).  To the very best of my knowledge, there were never any U.S. Government contracts for the Model 1892.  Why somebody stamped “U.S.” on it is anyone’s guess, but it is extremely likely that it was a previous owner that did it.  The most common reason it happens is for illicit monetary purposes.  I will suggest that you contact the Cody Firearms Museum records office and obtain a factory letter.

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i picked up a Winchester 1892 with the US Property stamp. So was it a military gun. Year build 1895.   

Good morning Ted,

Could you post several photos of the rifle including all the stamped writing on the rifle and the “US” mark?  That would be a big help to decipher what it is.  And also the full SN please.  I would like to add the gun into my survey of the 1892’s

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Good morning Ted,

Could you post several photos of the rifle including all the stamped writing on the rifle and the “US” mark?  That would be a big help to decipher what it is.  And also the full SN please.  I would like to add the gun into my survey of the 1892’s

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I sent you a email with pictures. I just can’t get them to post here 

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I sent you a email with pictures. I just can’t get them to post here   

Hello Ted,

Well…. The rifle is most definitely stamped US PROPERTY on the right side of the receiver.  I have cataloged more than 12,600 Model 1892’s and have not seen this sort of stamp before.   Can you send me shots of the tang stamp and the writing on the barrel?  You mentioned the SN was hard to read.  Is it perfectly centered on the bottom of the receiver?

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I sent more pictures . Yes the serial is centered , I’ll try and get a pictures. 

Tang has a repair you will see

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Anyone have any idea on the stamp on this rifle ? 

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Anyone have any idea on the stamp on this rifle ?   

Yes, I do… it was not stamped on the gun by the U.S. Military.  The question, is “Is it authentic”, and my answer is a conditional “maybe”.  What I believe is that the stamped marking has been on that gun for a long time, but I have no idea who (outside the Military) might have done it, or for what reason.  The vast majority of “U S Property” marked Winchesters I have seen were hand inscribed versus stamped.  The other issue, is the question why would the government purchase a Model 1892 versus the more potent Model 1894?

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