John Wayne Old West 1892 Rifle
The 1892 Winchester rifle is a reinterpretation of the iconic Henry and 1866 Yellow Boy rifles that were manufactured from 1892 to 1941. Actually, the total production for this model was in excess with one million pieces. In over 50 years of production, this model has been produced in numerous calibers and variations. Still, its main design did not change that much and as to this day it is still used as a hunting rifle, thus proving its undeniable longevity and reliability.
Unquestionably, the 1892 loop-lever western carbine has starred in countless Hollywood movies, but the one that is widely known is the “Rifleman”. It was John Wayne who has turned this practical rifle into a real International sensation. This is also the reason why most replicas of this gun come with the “JW” initials on the stock. It is the perfect fake rifle for John Wayne fans.
The 1892 Winchester rifle was created after the closing of the American frontier so the 1866 and 1873 Winchester models are the true “Guns that Won the West”. The actual reason why the 1892 rifle is considered a real icon in the Western mythology is because it appeared in so many movies and TV shows. John Wayne is the actor that has used this gun in the most films ever and he somehow complemented the powerful personality of the Old West 1892 rifle. There are other actors who have carried the 92 model in their movies and these are Steve McQueen with its personalized version named “Mare’s Leg” in “Wanted: Dead or Alive” and Chuck Connors in “The Rifleman TV series”.
Until the World War II, the Old West 1892 rifle was in regular production, but afterwards Hollywood studios had to purchase replicas in large quantities for movies that needed the unique touch of the Old West Winchester. The best imitations were so authentic looking that they could substitute valuable antiques and in calibers .38-40 and .44-40 they could even fire. This gun is actually the one that started the trend of cowboys who in movies were always carrying with them a revolver or a rifle chambered with the same ammunition.
In 1945, Winchester ended the production of the Model 1892, but guns manufacturers like Navy Arms, Browning, Armi San Marco, Chiappa and Rossi have continued to make replicas after it. The fame of the ‘92 model couldn’t be switched off just like that, so fake versions were manufactured continuously since the original Winchester had its production stopped. John Wayne’s Old West 1892 Rifle replicas vary in price and quality from highly decorated presentation pieces to midrange firearms.
Limited numbers of the Winchester 1892 were manufactured in 1997. And in November 2006 the official 1892 John Wayne 100th Anniversary Rifle was launched, chambered in Win 44-40. Ever since, Winchester has designed and sold numerous other versions of the 1892 model. This variation process of the iconic gun popularized intensively by Hollywood reached its peak in 2012 when Winchester introduced the Large Loop Carbines limited edition in 4 calibers- .357 Magnum, .44 Magnum, .45 Colt and .44-40 (44 WCF).