1892 MODEL LEVER ACTION RIFLE IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS

1892 MODEL LEVER ACTION RIFLE IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS
IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS
FOR
MODEL
1892
LEVER ACTION RIFLE
This is one of the famous line of Winchester
World Standard arms. As one of the Classic
Traditions models you can expect the same
quality and satisfaction as with the original
historic Model 1892 introduced over 100 years
ago. And as with the original, you’ll appreciate
its economy of design, quick handling properties and smooth functioning.
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Winchester Model 1892 rifle.
Contents
Page
Gun safety warnings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
General description . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Terminology and descriptions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Serial Number ____________________________________
Serial number . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Ammunition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Caliber __________________________________________
Grade ___________________________________________
Initial cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Oiling the action . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Operation of the hammer & safety . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Purchase Price ____________________________________
Purchased From ___________________________________
Assembly and Disassembly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
General operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Loading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Date of Purchase __________________________________
Unloading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Firing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
In the case of a misfire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Sight adjustments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Cleaning and maintenance suggestions . . . . . . . . 30
Ordering parts / service or repair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Questions & Winchester-Guns.com . . . . . . . . . . .35
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MODEL 1892 CLASSIC TRADITIONS
GUN SAFETY WARNINGS
When it comes to legends the Model 1892 stands
with the greatest. It is a gun you and your family will
be proud to own, shoot and enjoy for generations. We
sincerely hope that you are pleased with your new
rifle.
IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT THESE OPERATING
INSTRUCTIONS BE THOROUGHLY STUDIED BEFORE USING THIS FIREARM TO
ASSURE PROPER AND SAFE GUN HANDLING. FAILURE TO FOLLOW THESE
INSTRUCTIONS OR FAILURE TO OBEY
ANY SAFETY WARNING MAY RESULT IN
INJURY TO YOURSELF OR OTHERS, OR
CAUSE DAMAGE TO YOUR GUN.
After the incredible success of the Winchester 1886
it was obvious that a smaller caliber version would be
an extremely useful design. That is what lead to the
Model 1892. Like the 1886 it features dual, vertical
locking lugs for impressive strength. But since it was
designed for smaller calibers, the action could be
significantly smaller and lighter, and even faster
handling.
Its popularity is legendary. Admiral Peary carried one
on his quest for the North Pole. It was a favorite of
Annie Oakley. Not to mention the thousands of
ranchers and hunters that have relied on one every
day for over a century.
Today’s Classic Traditions Model 1892 comes in several grades and caliber configurations. All are beautifully finished and made to the level of precision and
quality that made the originals famous.
As a gun owner, you accept a set of demanding
responsibilities. How seriously you take these responsibilities can be the difference between life and death.
There is no excuse for careless or abusive handling of
any firearm. At all times handle your rifle and any
other firearm with intense respect for its power and
potential danger.
PLEASE READ AND UNDERSTAND ALL OF
THE CAUTIONS, PROPER HANDLING PROCEDURES AND INSTRUCTIONS OUTLINED
IN THIS BOOKLET BEFORE USING YOUR
NEW FIREARM.
1. Do not carry a loaded gun with a live round in the
chamber while walking, running, climbing a tree,
crossing a fence or anywhere you might slip or fall,
drop the gun or otherwise bump or jar the gun. A gun
that is dropped, bumped, or jarred with a chambered
round might accidentally discharge even with the
safety on, causing serious injury to you or someone
else. When a round is chambered keep the safety on
until you are ready to shoot.
2. Do not rely on the safety to prevent accidental discharge. Many safeties merely block the trigger and
prevent firing by pulling the trigger. The safety may
not prevent an accidental discharge due to dropping,
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jarring, or bumping a gun.
3. Use only ammunition for which the gun is chambered as indicated on the barrel, to prevent excessive
pressure and possible serious personal injury.
4. Incorrectly reloaded ammunition can cause serious
personal injury and damage to the firearm due to
excessive pressure. Reload only after proper instruction and in strict compliance with instruction and
data contained in current reloading manuals.
5. Never point a gun at anything you do not intend
to shoot. Always keep it pointed in a safe direction in
case of accidental discharge.
6. Always check to ensure that the barrel is free of
obstructions before loading and using the gun. If you
experience light recoil or off sound, check the barrel
for obstruction.
7. Before firing, clean any grease or oil out of barrel
with cleaning rod and patch. Grease or heavy accumulation of oil can cause excessive pressure and result
in serious personal injury.
8. Keep barrel, chamber and action free of rust. Rust
in the barrel and chamber can cause excessive pressures resulting in serious injury. A rusted, pitted or
eroded barrel should be replaced.
9. Use hearing protection to prevent ear damage from
repeated exposure to gunfire.
ous injury in case of an accidental discharge. Never
load in the house or in your vehicle.
12. Never shoot at a hard, flat surface or at the surface of water to avoid a ricochet and possible serious
personal injury to yourself or a bystander.
13. Store guns in a clean dry place out of reach of
children and separated from stored ammunition.
14. Never alter any parts of your gun. Any alterations
or adjustments that may become necessary to the
operating mechanism should be performed by a qualified gunsmith.
15. Hunting from elevated surfaces such as tree stands
is dangerous. Doing so may increase the risk of handling any firearm. Always make certain that the stand
being used is safe, sturdy and stable. Always make
certain your firearm is unloaded when it is being
taken up and down from the stand. Always make certain that your firearm is not dropped from the stand
or dropped while it is being taken up or down from
the stand.
16. Discharging firearms in poorly ventilated areas,
cleaning firearms, or handling ammunition may result
in exposure to lead and other substances known to
cause birth defects, reproductive harm and other serious physical injury. Have adequate ventilation at all
times. Wash hands thoroughly after exposure.
10. Always use proper shooting glasses to prevent eye
injury from flying particles.
11. Never carry a loaded gun in a motor vehicle or
carry one into a dwelling. Always carefully unload
the gun before entering a motor vehicle, a dwelling or
an area such as a camp. Always point a gun in a safe
direction while loading or unloading to prevent seri-
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FIGURE 1
MODEL 1892 FEATURES
Today's Classic Traditions Model 1892 is a careful
reproduction of one of the original configurations of over
100 years ago.
The 1892 is a classic design, taking many of the effective and extremely popular features of the Model 1886
and incorporating them in a much smaller rifle for
smaller calibers.
On the top tang you'll notice
the primary difference between
today's Winchester 1892 and
the original. Your model features a top tang mounted safety that serves a a hammer
block. The hammer is also of
the rebounding type, to help
prevent accidental discharge.
These safety improvements
give your rifle an added level of
safety you will appreciate.
The traditional open sights are
easily adjustable for elevation
and drift adjustable for
windage
The tubular magazine loads
through the right-side mounted loading port in the receiver.
The two vertical locking lugs lock into
matching recesses in
the breech bolt for
secure lockup.
The select walnut stock is
beautifully cut checkered.
The 1892 demands a high level of careful machining and hand finish. Qualities that are uncommon
in most of today’s mass produced guns. Qualities
that take more effort but that you will appreciate
for generations.
The versatile, compact action design was originally
made to handle a variety of shorter cartridges. You
can expect the same reliable feeding with your new
Model 1892. The design of the lever and link
mechanisms are both clever and unique. Other levers
of the day had bulkier designs that dropped below the
bottom of the receiver.
Hunters of the last century
wanted the kind of metal,
crescent buttplate you get on
your Model 1892
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FIGURE 2A
Receiver
Hammer
Ejection Port
Top Tang
Safety/Manual
Hammer Stop
Rear Sight
Front Sight
Barrel
Buttstock
Muzzle
Forearm
Loading Port
Buttplate
Finger Lever
GENERAL DESCRIPTION
Your new Model 1892 rifle is a modern version of the
rifle that became so popular with tens of thousands of
ranchers, farmers and cowboys late in the 19th century. With a few minor exceptions, the action is virtually identical to the way the originals were made in
1892. The primary difference is the addition of a top
tang mounted safety switch for added convenience
and an increased margin of safety. The 1892’s safety
mechanism incorporates both a hammer stop and a
rebounding hammer. These advanced features move
the traditional Model 1892 design to a new level of
convenience and safety. These features are explained
in detail later in this manual.
Figure 1 covers the general features and benefits of
the Model 1892 design.
Cycling the lever smoothly moves a cartridge from
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Magazine Tube
Trigger
the tubular magazine to the chamber. After firing,
working the lever ejects the empty cartridge nearly
straight up and slightly to the right, over your head.
Returning the lever upward cycles a new cartridge
from the magazine into the chamber. The 1892's
uncanny, reliable, smooth function made it an
instant success in its day. We are sure you will appreciate its incredibly design and high level of precision
as you become familiar with it by reviewing these
instructions.
TERMINOLOGY AND DESCRIPTIONS .
Descriptions in this manual generally refer to the gun
in the horizontal position. That is, in the normal firing position. For example, the muzzle is forward or
front; the buttstock is rearward or rear; the trigger is
downward or underneath; the sight is upward or on
top.
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F I G U R E 2-D
FIGURE 2B
Spur of the hammer
Safety/manual
hammer stop
Serial Number. Located on the bottom of the
receiver, toward the front.
Record it for future reference.
Top Tang
Receiver
Loading Port
SERIAL NUMBER
Bottom Tang
Finger lever
Trigger guard
FIGURE 2C
Hammer
Safety
(manual hammer (rebounding
type)
stop)
Vertical locking
lugs
The serial number is located on the bottom of the
receiver, where the receiver meets the forearm (see
Figure 2-D). Record the serial number at the front of
this book for future reference.
AMMUNITION
Your Winchester Model 1892 is designed to shoot
modern factory cartridges only. The caliber of your
new Model 1892 is inscribed on the top of the barrel
in front of the receiver.
“On safe” Pushed fully to rear.
Off safe. Pushed forward.
Breech Bolt
Throughout this manual the “action” refers to the
mechanism of this rifle which loads and secures the
cartridge in the chamber.
IMPORTANT: Refer to Figures 2A-D for general
part descriptions and terminology regarding your new
rifle. You must become familiar with all part names
listed before proceeding with the rest of the instructions in this manual.
MAKE SURE YOU USE ONLY THE EXACT
AMMUNITION/ CALIBER AS LISTED ON
THE BARREL.
Incorrectly reloaded ammunition can cause serious
personal injury and damage to the firearm due to
excessive pressure. Reload only after proper instruction and in strict compliance with instructions and
data contained in current reloading manuals.
Winchester ammunition is always an excellent
choice for your new Winchester rifle, delivering the
unmatched performance and dependability you want.
DISCHARGING FIREARMS IN POORLY
VENTILATED AREAS, CLEANING
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FIREARMS, OR HANDLING AMMUNITION
MAY RESULT IN EXPOSURE TO LEAD AND
OTHER SUBSTANCES KNOWN TO CAUSE
BIRTH DEFECTS, REPRODUCTIVE HARM
AND OTHER SERIOUS PHYSICAL INJURY.
HAVE ADEQUATE VENTILATION AT ALL
TIMES. WASH HANDS THOROUGHLY
AFTER EXPOSURE.
OILING THE ACTION
INITIAL CLEANING
• On all pivot points and bearing surfaces on the
lever mechanism.
Some metal parts of your new Model 1892 have been
coated at the factory with a rust preventative compound. Before using your Model 1892, clean the antirust compound from the inside of the barrel, receiver,
cartridge feed mechanism and the action/chamber
areas. A high quality, light gun oil should be used to
remove this compound and to give your new gun its
first lubrication. Clean the barrel using a cleaning rod
and patch as explained under “Cleaning and
Maintenance Suggestions” found later in this manual.
First lubrication suggestions are outlined below.
If your new Model 1892 is for collector’s purposes
only, and is to remain unfired, it is permissible to
leave the rust preventative compound in place and
keep your Model 1892 in its box for maximum protection during long term storage.
FIGURE 3
Lightly oil the action at these points
Before beginning the first firing of your Model 1892
you should first wipe the mechanism completely
clean, clean the bore and apply a few drops of quality
oil on the following surfaces (See Figure 3):
• Along the breech bolt surface.
• Along the breech bolt rail surfaces.
Avoid applying too much oil. Only a light film is
necessary. Cleaning and Maintenance Suggestions
should be followed before each oiling.
OPERATION OF THE HAMMER & SAFETY
Your Model 1892 features a new, innovative safety
(also called a manual hammer stop) built into the top
tang of your rifle, as well as a rebounding hammer
design built into the hammer mechanism itself.
The Model 1892’s Rebounding Hammer is a safety
feature designed to protect the firing pin from being
struck by the hammer when the trigger is not being
pulled. After firing your rifle the hammer immediately moves to the rebound position. The hammer can
also be manually lowered from full cock to the
rebound position. From the rebound position, under
normal conditions, the hammer is prevented from
moving forward and striking the firing pin. The
rebound position and the safety (manual hammer
stop) are intended to work together to provide protection against unintentional or accidental firing.
HAMMER POSITIONS —
The rebounding hammer on your Model 1892 has
two positions as follows:
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FIGURE 5
FIGURE 4
Rebound position of the hammer
Hammer in the cocked position (ready-to-fire)
• Rebound position. This position (See Figure 4)
takes the place of the dropped and half-cocked positions found on the original Model 1892s of a century
ago. The rebounding feature of the hammer essentially eliminates the dropped position. The hammer only
travels to the dropped position momentarily after the
trigger has been pulled with the hammer cocked. The
hammer then automatically moves to the rebound
position.
THE REBOUND POSITION IS THE RECOMMENDED POSITION OF THE HAMMER AT
ALL TIMES AND SHOULD BE IN THAT
POSITION EXCEPT (1) WHEN FIRING IS
IMMINENT (2) OR IMMEDIATELY AFTER
THE ACTION HAS BEEN CYCLED.
SAFETY POSITIONS —
The safety (also referred to as the manual hammer
stop) is a modern feature built into the action of your
Model 1892 to provide an additional level of safety.
When the safety has been placed in the “on” position
it serves the function of blocking the hammer from
striking the firing pin. Even if the safety is on, it does
not prevent the hammer from falling to the rebound
position when the trigger is pulled. When the trigger
is pulled — with the safety on — the hammer drops,
going immediately to the rebound position without
impacting the firing pin.
The safety on your new Model 1892 is built into the
top tang of the receiver. The safety “switch” itself is
fitted into an elongated, machined recess in the tang.
• Cocked position. This is the position that the
hammer is moved to when firing is imminent (See
Figure 5). It is also the position the hammer moves to
when the action is cycled using the finger lever.
WHEN THE HAMMER IS IN THE COCKED
POSITION THE SAFETY SHOULD BE IN
THE “ON” POSITION (WITH THE “S”
SHOWING) UNLESS FIRING IS IMMINENT.
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FIGURE 6B
FIGURE 6A
S
Safety in the "on safe" position. Fully rearward.
“On” Position.
When the safety is pushed all the way rearward it is
in the “on” position (See Figure 6-A). In this position
an “S” is visible directly in front of the safety. Moving
the safety fully rearward and exposing the “S” blocks
the hammer from striking the firing pin.
THIS IS THE RECOMMENDED POSITION OF
THE SAFETY FOR ALL TIMES EXCEPT
WHEN FIRING IS IMMINENT.
Safety in the off safe (fire) position. Pushed forward.
spot is covered by the safety and the “S” is visible
(Refer again to Figure 6-A).
To place the safety (hammer stop) in the “off” position: Push the safety fully forward, covering the “S”
inscribed on the rifle, and exposing the red warning
dot. When the red dot is visible below the safety it is
in the “off” position (Refer again to Figure 6-B). The
safety can be actuated with the hammer in the
rebound or cocked position.
LOWERING THE HAMMER —
“Off” Position.
When the safety (manual hammer stop) is pushed all
the way forward it is in the “off” position (See Figure
6-B). THIS IS THE POSITION OF THE SAFETY
WHEN FIRING IS IMMINENT. In this position,
when the trigger is pulled, the cocked hammer will
fall and strike the firing pin. If a cartridge is in the
chamber, the firing pin will strike the primer and fire
the cartridge.
USING THE SAFETY —
To place the safety (hammer stop) in the “on” position: First, point your rifle in a safe direction, then
place the safety in the “on” position by pulling it fully
to the rear with your thumb until the red “warning”
At any time the hammer can be cocked either manually or by cycling the finger lever fully. Unless shooting is imminent it is important to lower the hammer
immediately to the rebound position from the cocked
position. To do this:
1. MAKE SURE THE BARREL IS POINTED
IN A SAFE DIRECTION AND THAT THE
SAFETY (MANUAL HAMMER STOP) IS IN
THE “ON” POSITION.
2. Get a stable grip on your rifle with your hand in
shooting position. Place your thumb on the hammer
and firmly hold the hammer back slightly with your
thumb.
3. While holding the hammer back, apply just
enough pressure on the trigger to release the hammer
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FIGURE 7
Carefully hold the hammer back while pulling the trigger
charge of this firearm as a result of jarring or abuse
such as occurs when a firearm is dropped.
ALWAYS ASSUME THAT YOUR GUN CAN
BE FIRED AT ANY TIME, EVEN WITH ALL
SAFETY MECHANISMS ENGAGED.
WHENEVER YOU ARE NOT ACTUALLY
FIRING YOUR RIFLE ALWAYS BE CERTAIN
THAT YOUR RIFLE IS POINTED IN A SAFE
DIRECTION.
FIGURE 8
Remove finger from trigger and lower the hammer to the
to rebound position
from the full-cock position (see Figure 7).
Immediately remove your finger from the trigger and
slowly and carefully allow the hammer to lower into
the rebound position (see Figure 8).
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THIS RIFLE'S
SAFETY MECHANISMS —
REMEMBER, NEVER RELY TOTALLY ON
YOUR FIREARM’S MECHANICAL
“SAFETY” DEVICES.
As is true with other firearms, when the safety mechanisms on this rifle are engaged, they are designed to
prevent accidental discharge. However, these mechanisms may not necessarily prevent the accidental dis-
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Continually be aware of the position of the safety
(manual hammer stop) on your rifle. Check it both
manually and visually to avoid any chance of accidental discharge. Always keep the safety in the “on”
position unless you are actually firing the rifle. It is a
good idea to keep the action open (with the finger
lever down) at all times other than when you are in
the field and shooting is imminent.
IMPORTANT: IT IS ALWAYS RECOMMENDED THAT THE ACTION BE KEPT OPEN AT
ALL TIMES WHEN YOUR RIFLE IS LAYING
ON ANY BENCH OR TABLE AT A SHOOTING RANGE OR OTHER FACILITY.
ALWAYS KEEP THE MUZZLE OF YOUR
RIFLE POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION.
FAILURE TO FOLLOW THE ABOVE
INSTRUCTIONS COULD RESULT IN INJURY
OR DEATH TO YOURSELF OR OTHERS.
ASSEMBLY AND DISASSEMBLY
Your Model 1892 comes fully assembled in the box.
No assembly is required. No disassembly is required
for normal maintenance.
If your Model 1892 requires disassembly for any reason (such as requiring extra cleaning after being
dropped in water) it should be performed by one of
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the U.S. Repeating Arms Authorized Repair Centers
(ARCs). See “Service or Repair” later in this manual
for details on how to obtain service for your
Winchester rifle.
GENERAL OPERATION
ALWAYS KEEP THE MUZZLE POINTED IN A
SAFE DIRECTION.
Prior to using live ammunition, it is essential that you
familiarize yourself thoroughly with these operating
instructions. Get accustomed to the feel of your new
gun.
• Know the forces required to operate the action
• Know what forces are required to pull the trigger
• ABOVE ALL, KNOW HOW TO PLACE THE
HAMMER INTO THE REBOUND POSITION
AND THE SAFETY (MANUAL HAMMER
STOP) INTO THE “ON” POSITION.
Throughout this manual the “action” refers to the
mechanism of a firearm which loads and secures the
cartridge in the chamber. If the action resists closing,
do not force it. Small pieces of grit or other obstructions can make it difficult to close the action. Make
sure all surfaces are clean if any unusual resistance is
felt. However, remember that this is a finely fitted
action purposely made with tight tolerances. This
assures your gun of good part-to-part fit for many years
to come and is the sign of a finely crafted firearm.
BEFORE LOADING YOUR RIFLE MAKE
SURE ALL GREASE AND OIL HAS BEEN
REMOVED FROM THE BARREL AND
CHAMBER, AND THERE ARE NO
OBSTRUCTIONS IN THE BARREL OR
ACTION AREAS.
LOADING THE CHAMBER —
The chamber may be loaded two ways. Before
attempting any loading procedure:
MAKE SURE THE BARREL IS POINTED IN
A SAFE DIRECTION AND THAT THE SAFETY (MANUAL HAMMER STOP) IS IN THE
“ON” (SAFE) POSITION AND THE HAMMER
IS IN THE REBOUND POSITION.
• Load the chamber by placing a cartridge directly
into the chamber through the opened action. This is
for single shot loading only with the magazine empty.
to do this, open the action by operating the finger
lever fully down and forward. Insert a round into the
chamber then close the action.
• Load the chamber by transferring a cartridge that
was previously loaded into the magazine to the chamber by operating the finger lever. To cycle the lever ,
pull it downward and fully forward with the fingers of
your hand inserted in the finger loop (see Figure 9).
FIGURE 9
LOADING
USE THE CORRECT AMMUNITION AS INDICATED BY THE INSCRIPTION ON THE BARREL. AS EXPLAINED PREVIOUSLY,
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Cycle the lever
downward and
fully forward to
open the action
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FIGURE 10
FIGURE 12
Return the action
to the closed
position by working the lever back
and fully up
F I G U R E 11A
Push the last cartridge fully in until the cover
closes.
THE "ON" POSITION, AND THEN PLACE
THE HAMMER INTO THE REBOUND,
POSITION UPON CLOSING THE ACTION.
LOADING THE MAGAZINE —
The magazine is loaded through the port on the right
side of the receiver.
Carefully start the cartridge into
the loading port
F I G U R E 11B
Push in until almost fully inside the loading gate, then
start another cartridge. Push the last cartridge fully in
with your thumb.
Then return it upward to it’s original position (see
Figure 10). Keep you fingers clear of the trigger at all
times when working the lever.
IN EITHER CASE, ALWAYS FIRST PLACE
THE SAFETY (MANUAL HAMMER STOP) IN
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1. With the action closed and the safety (manual
hammer stop) in the “on” position and the hammer
in the rebound position, press the spring cover inward
with the tip of the first cartridge until all but the rim
has entered the loading port (See Figure 11A & B).
2. Then, insert the next cartridge in the same manner, pushing the preceding cartridge into the magazine.
3. Repeat this procedure with each cartridge, but
push the last cartridge past the end of the spring
cover, allowing the cover to snap closed
(see Figure 12). Do not exceed the recommended
capacity of the magazine.
BEFORE LOADING, ALWAYS MAKE SURE
TO ALWAYS PLACE THE SAFETY (MANUAL HAMMER STOP) IN THE "ON" POSITION, AND THE HAMMER IN THE
REBOUND POSITION.
CAUTION: ALWAYS MAKE SURE THE CAR-
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TRIDGES ARE OF THE PROPER CALIBER
FOR YOUR RIFLE. CHECK THE AMMUNITION DESIGNATION ON THE BARREL.
FAILURE TO FOLLOW THIS INSTRUCTION
CAN RESULT IN SEVERE DAMAGE TO
YOUR GUN AND POSSIBLE SERIOUS
INJURY TO YOURSELF OR OTHERS.
UNLOADING
Fully unloading your rifle when storing your rifle or in
other appropriate situations is essential to safe gun
handling.
BEFORE UNLOADING, CHECK TO ASSURE
THAT THE MANUAL HAMMER STOP IS IN
THE "ON" POSITION (SAFE) BY PULLING
IT FULLY TO THE REAR UNTIL THE “S”
JUST FORWARD OF THE SAFETY IS VISIBLE. KEEP YOUR FINGER AWAY FROM
THE TRIGGER WHEN CYCLING THE
ACTION.
IMPORTANT:
PROCESS MAKE SURE THAT THE SAFETY
(MANUAL HAMMER STOP) STAYS IN THE
“ON” POSITION (WITH THE “S” SHOWING)
AND THAT YOU KEEP YOUR FINGER
AWAY FROM THE TRIGGER AT ALL TIMES.
When cartridges no longer eject when you cycle the
action, further assure that no cartridges remain by
opening the action and visually checking the chamber and feed/magazine mechanism to be sure no cartridges remain.
IMPORTANT: ALWAYS VISUALLY NOTE,
BY LOOKING THROUGH THE TOP OF THE
OPEN RECEIVER, THAT THE MAGAZINE
FOLLOWER IS SHOWING—AND NOT A
CARTRIDGE BASE.
ALWAYS DOUBLE CHECK THAT NO
CARTRIDGES REMAIN.
After the last live round is moved out of the magazine
and ejected, immediately lower the hammer to the
rebound position as explained previously.
FIRING
1. WITH THE GUN POINTED IN A SAFE
DIRECTION AND YOUR FINGER OFF THE
TRIGGER, SWING THE FINGER LEVER
DOWNWARD FULLY. THIS WILL EXTRACT
ANY CARTRIDGE FROM THE CHAMBER
AND EJECT IT.
Capture (or pick up) the cartridge and return the finger lever fully upward.
2. Proceed to operate the finger lever in the same
manner transferring all the remaining cartridges from
the magazine to the chamber and then eject them
out. It is possible, with practice, to carefully work the
lever and capture the loaded ejected cartridges with
your other hand.
THROUGHOUT THE UNLOADING
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IMPORTANT: WHEN YOU ARE PREPARING
TO SHOOT, IT IS ALWAYS ESSENTIAL
THAT YOU BE TOTALLY SURE OF YOUR
TARGET. ALWAYS BE AWARE OF ALL
OBJECTS BEHIND YOUR TARGET. KNOW
THE EXACT LOCATION OF PERSONS WITH
YOU AND ANY OTHERS IN YOUR VICINITY.
PICK YOUR TARGET WISELY AND
CAREFULLY.
With a loaded cartridge in the chamber, THE
SAFETY (MANUAL HAMMER STOP) IN THE
“ON” POSITION, THE HAMMER IN THE
REBOUND POSITION AND YOUR FINGER
OFF THE TRIGGER:
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FIGURE 13
When firing is imminent draw the hammer back to the full
cock position
upward. The closing of the action will transfer a new
cartridge from the magazine to the chamber, leaving
the hammer in a cocked “ready to fire” position. Start
again at step #3 above or go immediately to step #6
below.
3. WHEN THROUGH FIRING ALWAYS
IMMEDIATELY PLACE THE SAFETY (MANUAL HAMMER STOP) IN THE “ON” POSITION AND THE HAMMER IN THE REBOUND
POSITION.
1. Firmly position your thumb on the hammer and
draw the hammer back to the full-cock position (see
Figure 13).
2. Place the safety in the “off” position by pushing it
fully forward, covering the “S”.
CAUTION: YOUR RIFLE IS NOW READY TO
FIRE. REMEMBER, THE RECOIL FROM A
LARGE CALIBER CENTERFIRE RIFLE WILL
BE SOMEWHAT HEAVY, SO FIRMLY
SHOULDER YOUR GUN, TAKE AIM, AND —
WHEN ON TARGET — SQUEEZE THE
TRIGGER.
3. Firmly shoulder your gun, take aim and when on
target squeeze the trigger smoothly, without jerking.
After firing, let the trigger return to the fully forward
position.
TO CONTINUE THE LOADING PROCESS AND CHAMBER ANOTHER ROUND FOR THE NEXT SHOT :
1. Swing the finger lever fully down extracting and
ejecting the fired cartridge case from the chamber.
4. To later fire additional cartridges from the magazine —with an empty casing still in the chamber —
simply work the finger lever downward fully ejecting
the empty cartridge and then return the lever to the
original upward position. Repeat the firing sequence
again.
5. WHEN FIRING IS COMPLETED OR WHEN
SHOOTING IS NO LONGER IMMINENT,
IMMEDIATELY RETURN THE SAFETY
(MANUAL HAMMER STOP) TO THE “ON”
POSITION AND RETURN THE HAMMER TO
THE REBOUND POSITION.
IMPORTANT: UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD YOU MOVE ON OR
CONTINUE TO HUNT WITH YOUR HAMMER
OR SAFETY IN THE FIRE POSITION.
6. At this point you will need to either refill the magazine with loaded cartridges (if shooting is going to
continue), or fully unload your rifle (if shooting is
completed). Either way place the safety in the “on
safe” position and the hammer in the rebound
position.
2. Close the action by returning the finger lever
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IMPORTANT: ALWAYS KEEP YOUR MODEL
1892 SHOULDERED WHEN EJECTING AN
EMPTY CARTRIDGE CASE. Ejection is up and
slightly to the right. If you eject a cartridge with the
rifle lowered and the action directly in front of your
face, it is possible that the ejected cartridge could
strike the shooter in the face. Caution should be
taken by the shooter and bystanders behind the
shooter. When an empty cartridge is correctly ejected
it will fall to the ground in an area behind and to the
right of the shooter.
FIGURE 14
IN THE CASE OF A MISFIRE
possible to cock the hammer and pull the trigger, and
then, when the cartridge fails to fire, think the rifle
has misfired. However, you may have merely forgotten to move the safety to the “off” position. In either
case, always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction until you determine the cause.
Only rarely will modern factory ammunition experience a misfire. If this ever happens to you when
shooting your Model 92 please follow these instructions carefully.
CAUTION: IN CASE OF MISFIRE, KEEP THE
BARREL POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION,
PLACE THE MANUAL HAMMER STOP IN
THE “ON” POSITION AND CAREFULLY
OPEN ACTION WHILE AVOIDING DIRECT
EXPOSURE TO THE BREECH BY YOURSELF AND OTHERS.
Carefully inspect the ejected cartridge. If the primer
is indented, the cartridge should be disposed of in a
manner that would prevent accidental injury to you
or others. If there is no indentation, your gun has
malfunctioned and should be serviced by a qualified
gunsmith or by a U.S. Repeating Arms Company
Authorized Repair Center (ARC).
It is important that you be fully familiar and totally
competent with your rifle's handling and operation
procedures. With the safety in the “on” position, it is
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Lift up on the notch holder and
move the elevator forward or
rearward with your fingers.
SIGHT ADJUSTMENTS
Model 1892 rifles are fitted with traditional open
sights.
OPEN STYLE SIGHTS
Your firearm can be adjusted to shoot higher by moving the rear sight elevator backward by one or more
notches.
In order to shoot lower, the elevator can be moved
forward (See Figure 14).
The rear sight is attached to the barrel in a dovetailed slot machined into the barrel. By gently tapping the rear sight base (where fastened to the barrel)
to the right, your gun will shoot more to the right.
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action and oiling key parts. Most regular maintenance will also include cleaning the barrel. If you
encounter a function problem (tight action when
working the finger lever), be sure to give your gun a
thorough cleaning to see if it solves the problem
before seeking the services of our service facility or a
competent gunsmith.
FIGURE 15
Tap carefully.
Do not mar the
barrel or sight.
To clean your firearm, follow the general outline
below:
CLEANING PROCEDURES —
An adjustment to the left can be made by tapping the
base to the left (See Figure 15).
Care should be taken not to mar the finish or bend
sights when adjustments are made.
A NONMARRING BRASS, PLASTIC OR
FIBER HAMMER AND/OR DRIFT IS
ALWAYS PREFERRED FOR THIS OPERATION.
CLEANING AND MAINTENANCE
SUGGESTIONS
The Model 1892 will function better and more reliably over a longer period of time if it is properly
maintained and kept clean.
BE CERTAIN YOUR GUN’S CHAMBER AND
MAGAZINE ARE UNLOADED. ALWAYS
WEAR PROTECTIVE SAFETY GLASSES
DURING ALL
KEEP AMMUNITION AWAY FROM THE
CLEANING AREA. DO NOT TEST THE
FUNCTION OF YOUR FIREARM WITH LIVE
AMMUNITION.
ALWAYS PLACE THE SAFETY (MANUAL
HAMMER STOP) IN THE “ON” (SAFE) POSITION BEFORE BEGINNING ANY CLEANING
PROCEDURE.
1. Open the action. Use a cleaning rod with a tip and
patch suitable for your caliber bore. Make sure the
patch is large enough for a snug fit in the bore.
BEFORE PERFORMING ANY CLEANING
PROCEDURES, ALWAYS MAKE CERTAIN
THERE ARE NO CARTRIDGES IN THE
CHAMBER, MAGAZINE OR ACTION/FEED
AREAS.
Insert the rod and patch into the barrel at the muzzle
end and run it back and forth several times. USE A
CROWN PROTECTOR IF POSSIBLE. Be careful
not to strike the crown of the muzzle with the handle
end of the rod. Damage to this area can affect the
accuracy of the rifle.
You should clean your Model 1892 after every day of
shooting and more often if it becomes excessively
dirty. A minimum cleaning includes wiping down the
2. Inspect the chamber and bore for brass, copper,
lead and powder fouling. A normal amount of powder
residue can be expected and is not serious. It can usu-
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ally be removed by repeating step one, using a patch
saturated with solvent. If or when fouling should
become heavy, it can be removed with a brass bore
brush. Dip or spray the brush with solvent and scrub
the chamber and bore until the fouling is removed.
To prevent brass bristles from breaking off, the brush
should be pushed completely through the bore before
being withdrawn.
7. Wipe all wood surfaces.
3. After fouling has been removed the bore should be
wiped dry. Then pass a slightly oiled patch through
the bore, for preservation. A fine, light gun oil is recommended.
• Never pour large quantities of oil into the receiver
or other parts. It can drain down to the wood and
soften it — and cause permanent damage and loosening of the stock.
4. Wipe all exposed metal surfaces of the receiver,
forearm and barrel with a clean rag. Finger marks
should be removed because they provide a place
where moisture can accumulate. Any dried oil in the
receiver area should also be removed.
• After extended periods of heavy use, your gun
should be taken to a qualified gunsmith to have the
action disassembled for professional cleaning and
lubrication.
5. Then lightly oil your gun at the points described
under “Oiling the Action” explained earlier in this
manual. Ordinary good judgment will, of course, indicate that the metal of the gun should receive a light
film of oil any time the rifle has been exposed to
weather or handling. Remember, the polished, finely
fitted surfaces of the receiver and action mechanisms
must always have a thin film of oil. Make sure that
the surfaces of the breech block, lever components
and feed mechanism parts are especially clean and
lightly oiled with a high quality gun oil. Do not use
pure silicone or lanolin.
8. When transporting only, place your Model 1892 in
a quality protective case to prevent scratches and
dents. Store in a dry place to prevent corrosion. Store
away from children. Make sure your gun is unloaded
and always store ammunition separately.
OTHER CLEANING SUGGESTIONS —
NEVER ATTEMPT TO TAKE YOUR MODEL
1892 APART FURTHER THAN EXPLAINED
IN THIS MANUAL.
This is a specialized, finely fitted mechanism. You
may permanently mar it by attempting to disassemble
the inner mechanism assemblies. If further disassembly for service or cleaning is required, take your gun
to a U. S. Repeating Arms Company recommended
Service Center or a competent gunsmith as explained
under “Service or Repair.”
6. INSPECT THE BARREL AND CHAMBER.
TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT NO PATCHES
HAVE BEEN INADVERTENTLY LEFT IN
THEM. Remove any that remain.
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QUESTIONS
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furnish the following: your name, address, and telephone number. Also specify the model and serial
number of your gun. When we receive your request,
we will send an order form and a parts breakdown
with prices.
If you have other questions about Winchester rifles
and shotguns, call or write our Customer Service
Department:
Write to:
Parts Department
U.S. Repeating Arms Company, Inc.
275 Winchester Avenue
New Haven, Connecticut 06511-1970
CAUTION: PARTS ARE MADE FOR
WINCHESTER BRAND FIREARMS MANUFACTURED BY OR FOR U.S. REPEATING
ARMS COMPANY, INC., AND SHOULD NOT
BE USED IN OTHER GUNS EVEN THOUGH
MODELS MAY BE SIMILAR. IMPROPERLY
FITTED PARTS MAY BE DANGEROUS.
Customer Service
U.S. Repeating Arms Company, Inc.
275 Winchester Avenue
Morgan, Utah 84050-9333
Phone: 1-800-945-5237
WINCHESTER -GUNS.COM
U.S. Repeating Arms Company offers an information
resource for you on the world wide web.
• List of authorized repair centers.
• Customer service information.
• Answers to many technical and historical
questions.
• Links to helpful sites.
Go to: www.winchester-guns.com
SERVICE OR REPAIR
If your Winchester firearm should ever need repair or
service, please utilize one of the world-wide network
of U.S. Repeating Arms Company Authorized Repair
Centers for Winchester firearms. If you have any
questions about how to obtain service for your
Winchester firearm, call or write the Authorized
Repair Center (ARC) nearest you. A list of ARCs is
packaged with your new gun. If you need to obtain a
new list of ARCs call us at:
1-203-789-5000
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