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A Brief History of Winchester Guns and the 1890 Winchester

Winchester Rifles and Shotguns was established by Oliver F. Winchester on February 20, 1866.  The first model produced under his name was the Model 1866 lever-action rifle .44 caliber rimfire.  There had been earlier rifles using lever action  including the Rocket Ball and Volition Repeater in 1848, Jennings Rifle (patent 1851), Smith and Wesson pistol, and Volcanic Repeating Arms (New Haven Arms Company and Henry Rifles).  When the design was improved by B. Henry Tyler (shop foreman at the New Haven Arms Company), the .44 caliber metalic rimfire cartridge became powerful enough to compete with the single shot rifles of the day.   Winchester Repeating Arms Company established itself as one of the world's leading firearms manufacturers of the world, and the subsequent rifles produced by Winchester are highly prized by collectors today.

 About 1890 Winchester Rifles
The 1890 model was the first rifle that Winchester produced that was a Slide-Action.  The gun was actually designed by John and Mathew Browning.  It was chambered for .22 short, long, and Rimfire (WRF), but not interchangeably.   In fact, the Rimfire (WRF) cartridge was developed specifically for the Model 1890.  The Model 1890 was produced from 1890 to 1932 with approximately 775,000 guns sold.

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To determine the value of your firearm, you must first analyze it carefully.  There are three distinct Models of 1890 Winchester Rifles, and they vary a great deal in value.  In appraising your gun, you must initially determine if you have the First, Second, or Third Model, then if it is a standard or deluxe variety.   After selecting the appropriate Model, you will be easily guided to the value range, which also has a table of monthly production dates.  There are 4 steps to this process.

 There are 4 steps to this process as you enter your Data.

Step 1: Determine the Model (i.e., Configuration) of your gun
Step 2:
Determine gauge variations of the model type
Step 3: Determine your Firearm Condition
Step 4:
Determine the Value of your gun

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