5/3/2023 – Arms, Armor & Militaria

Arms, Armor & Militaria | Lot 185

  • May 3, 2023
  • 10:05 AM EDT
  • Cincinnati


** From John Wayne’s BATJAC Production Company A Winchester Model 1892 Large Loop Saddle Ring Carbine

.44-40 WCF. 20″ barrel length. SN: 987062 (Mfg. ca.1927). Blued metal finish. Walnut stock has a plain straight grip and forearm. Lever action rifle with cowboy-style large loop lever, adjustable semi buckhorn rear sight, and blade front sight. Item features a saddle ring to left side of frame, double barrel bands, crescent buttplate, and full tube magazine. Markings include Winchester manufacturer marks to barrel, and BATJAC branded to bottom edge of buttstock. Item has provenance including photocopies of the rifle in the NRA Guns of Hollywood display catalog, as well as a photocopy of a letter from Gretchen Wayne (then owner of Batjac Productions, Inc.) confirming the item’s authenticity to a former owner. Item was also on display in the National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, VA as well as on loan to the Cody Firearms Museum in Cody, WY. Some of Wayne’s Batjac productions include McClintock, Hondo, Big Jake, The Train Robbers, Cahill U.S. Marshall, and War Wagon

Winchester Model 1892’s are an iconic gun used in many cowboy-western productions. Although the Model 1892 was not the “gun that won the west,” it was light and  favored by real life cowboys and ranchers because it used the .44-40 pistol/rifle cartridge. The Model 1892’s also resembled what many consider “old west” guns. This made them preferable for film companies that wanted to avoid using valuable guns from the old west period. First popularized in the film Stagecoach (1939) starring John Wayne, director John Ford had Wayne use a Trapper Model 1892 with a shortened barrel and custom large loop lever. The custom lever and short barrel allowed Wayne to do the “spin-cock” that eventually made him a star. Large loop Model 1892’s were not commercially produced, but were customized that way for use in films to make it easier to cycle the action with gloves on. The spin cock maneuver was then famously used by Chuck Connors in The Rifleman (TV series, 1958-1963), and eventually again by Wayne in True Grit (1969) for which he won his first and only Academy award. 



  • Price Realized
  • $21,080


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