A friend came over Saturday night – I told him how glad I was that he came over ( amazing how everybody calls first – almost like they are paranoid ) Sit down my friend – coffee? – beer? – water? Alright Bruce – what am I about to step into?? – don’t answer that he said – just give me an idea – how deep??
Long story short – stripped the 1904 vintage Winchester 1892 down to everything but pulling the barrel – scrubbed hell out of everything – lubed everything back up – stuck it all back together – actually had a good time and no left over or spare parts when we got done – three hands – and even four hands make it a lot easier . . .
Note – this post has a lot of pics – may take a while to load . . .
and away we go!! Pull the stock –
Then pull the magazine – not sure if the 32-20 holds enough cartridges to classify it as an evil baby killing – shoots through schools – shoots down airliners – assault rifle or not – probably not because it doesn’t have a shoulder thingy that goes up . . .
Slick design – the support for the magazine is just dove tailed into the barrel – then the magazine is pinned – the magazine hold the support in place and the pin holds the magazine in the support – – next the fore end . . .
And that’s out of the way – now it starts getting to be much more fun . . .
Pull the top screw – out comes the hammer spring . . .
Then pull the bottom tang and trigger – then out comes the hammer . . .
That screw shown above holds a pin in place that the lever pivots on – you push the pin out from the other side through a small hole – a real thrill to put back together!! . . .
Sometimes they slip right out – sometimes they ( GENTLY ) tap out . . .
Out comes the lever and the locking blocks – then the bolt and ejector – shell guide – shell lifter – sounds easy right?
Believe it or not it all fits back in there – the next set of pics shows you why it got stripped down and cleaned out good – the oil that had been used over the years had pretty much dried out and had started attracting moisture – not a good thing – we soaked and scrubbed with Hoppes – then soaked and scrubbed with CLP – . . . 3 times . . . this first pic really shows the brown crud layer – once you get that off it slicks right back up again – a little lube – Battle Born – an incredible product available here – which I will show on the reassembly of the next one. . .
You just keep soaking and scrubbing – the crud just keeps lifting off . . .
The 1892 Winchester was kinda cool in that it was only available in pistol calibers – .25-20 – .32-20 – .38-40 – .44-40 – and a very small number were made in .218 Bee ( and those are pricey!! ) the last years of production which ended in 1938. When I do the next one I will focus on reassembly and lube pics – and a special thanks to my spare set of hands – “Spare Hands” asked me if I was nervous about a third of the way through this project – damn Bruce that’s like 1800 to 2000 dollars worth of Winchester you are pulling apart!! – I told him not really – if I can get it apart – I can sure as hell get it back together and besides – it’s not my gun – LMAO!!
Have Fun! – Run the Gun! – and remember – Fish Heads are Cheap!!