The Model 1892 is the slickest, smoothest and easiest handling levergun ever offered and Chiappa’s reproduction Puma version in stainless steel will please a lot of enthusiasts and hunters,
This Italian-made levergun combines plenty of nostalgia with all the advantages of a modern cartridge. One of the most popular Winchester lever-actions was the 1892 Model. John Browning designed this repeater as a scaled-down version of the already popular Model 1886, a super-strong big-game rifle that had proven capable of handling some of the most popular and powerful cartridges of its day. The ‘86 was the first of the famous Browning designs to be produced by Winchester. In developing the ‘92, Browning merely simplified the mechanism and his design was scaled down to assume the role of a more compact rifle. In real terms the ‘92 was nothing more than the 86’s little brother, and a modern successor to the famed Winchester ‘73.
It was chambered for the .32-20, .38-40 and .44-40 – loads that had been very popular in the ‘73, and it was later chambered for the then new .25-20 round. Light and handy the smooth-working ‘92 became more popular than the parent ‘86, surviving well into the 20th century and selling more than a million copies. For decades it was so often used in western movies that one could be forgiven for thinking that it was the gun that won the west rather than the Model 1873.