I only have a handful of Winchester rifles and carbines, probably far less than many on this forum.
In any event, I recently purchased a Winchester Model 1892 rifle, and noted, interestingly, the last three digits were the same as a Model 1886 rifle I have, as I recalled the serial number of that one from memory.
I buy what I like, and it is what is priced reasonably and usually has decent condition. Serial number has no bearing, except if it might be 1 or 2 digits. So, this was a random selection based on serial number.
Today, I fired the other 1892 rifle I have, and never paid much attention to the serial number on it, because it is out of the letterable range. But, when I record performance, I now have to record serial numbers and this one also ends in -949; not only that, the last 4 digits on both these rifles are -8949.
Now, what are the odds of that?
And I’m about the last person to believe in astrology, lucky or unlucky numbers, etc.
So, an odd coincidence.
May 26, 2017
Bill Hanzel said
Thats pretty wild, maybe even a little freaky……. the question is, will you now look for more with the same numbers to add to the 949 clan you currently have ?
No, not one bit!
I collect condition, rarity, and the aforementioned available at good value for the money. The quickest way to overpay for a firearm and compromise condition and/or quality is to buy a firearm based on its serial number, the year, month, or date of production, etc. The only exception to this rule being a low serial number, such as one or two digits.
Like I said, this was completely random and only discovered today by chance.
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