Winchester: Pistol-Caliber Carbines Are Back. And Expensive.

Winchester’s Miroku-made Model 1892 (above) and 1873 (after the jump) are in stock and ready to ship, but if you want one of these pistol-caliber cowboy carbines you’ll have to rob the stagecoach or hit the Mother Lode first. The 1892 is available in .38/.357, .44-40, .44 Magnum and .45 Colt, and has the classic tang safety instead of the hideous 1970s and 1980s-era crossbolt buttons. Sadly for lever geeks, they list for $1159.

I won’t win any friends at Winchester/Miroku for saying this, but the fit and finish of the 1892 is no better than that of Aharon’s used $600 Trail’s End 1894.

If you’re in the mood to spend this kind of money on a cowboy carbine, I’d look at this Model 1873 first. It lists at $1299, about $150 more than the Model 1892, but it’s an heirloom-quality beauty. Here it is in action a few days ago: