I have recently inherited a rifle from my dad’s collection, a very nice condition Winchester Model 92. The caliber is 32 WCF. The serial number is 982782. I am looking to determine when it was manufactured. The bluing and overall condition is excellent, which leads me to believe that it is not an original. Any information would be appreciated.
Your Model 92 is a Saddle Ring Carbine (SRC), manufactured in the year 1929.
The bluing is as you suspected not factory original, and therefore it is not in “excellent” condition. The stocks were also refinished.
WACA 6571L, Historian & Board of Director Member
March 5, 2023
James Cook said
Thank you for the info Bert, I appreciate it! Do you have any rough idea on the value of this gun given the refinish work?
Not Bert but I think while he would value this rifle at maybe $500, it likely would sell for $1500 – $1700 on an auction site. Many folks sell there, it wrings the most out of any rifle. Refinished ones can be great shooters if the action and bore are good.
Pick one, let it start for $1 with no reserve. Let the buyers decide the price.
April 30, 2023
This is about right…it’s still a pretty gun, not to some folks’ taste (especially traditional collectors), but it would likely bring a decent amount on GB. I think these guns and all their 94 counterparts into the 20th century are just tomorrow’s antiques and highly sought-after classics. We just may not be around to see it….
June 11, 2014
Bert’s estimated fair market value of $500 seems about right to me. The heavily buffed metal and hi-gloss blueing just stands out too starkly for me to be able to enjoy such an addition to my small collection. I would not be interested in the carbine because of that. But a shooter might, and $500 would be about what we might expect them to pay. However, one of my favorite cartridges is the 32 W.C.F./32-20 and for shooting purposes and handling unwanted Raccoons around the house, for about $1,400 I recently purchased a beautifully-manufactured example of a Browning Model 53 produced in limited quantities about 34 years ago. If I had to choose between a heavily buffed 92 carbine or a nice Browning Model 53, it would be the Browning for sure. If someone on GB is willing to pay much more than that, that would be great provided the ad clearly stated it was refinished. It is possible that there are those who, for nostalgic or personal reasons, would really appreciate the carbine despite its refinish, but I wouldn’t want to see a new collector, not very knowledgeable yet, get taken because he/she mistakenly thought it was in excellent original condition.