John M. Browning’s Greatest Hits - Episode 4
The resulting rifle was called the Winchester Model 1892, and was offered in several popular short-cased cartridges like the 44-40 WCF, 38-40 WCF and 32-20 WCF. To say the rifle was an immediate hit would be a gross understatement. Cowboys, lawmen, exhibition shooters and adventurers alike loved the slick little rifle.
The rifle also became a favorite of America’s lawmen like the legendary Texas Rangers.
The Model 1892 eventually became a mainstay in Western-themed motion pictures and television shows because it was readily available, easy to operate, looked good on camera and could fire the same 5-1 blank cartridges used in the actor’s revolvers.
The new Browning design became known as the Model 1894, and it too became an instant classic. The year after this rifle’s introduction, Winchester introduced the 30 WCF smokeless cartridge, which was more commonly known as the “30-30.”
The pairing of the Model 1894 and the 30 WCF cartridge created the perfect deer hunting combo of the day, and they remained so for generations to come. Untold millions of hunters put tens of millions of whitetail deer on the table and over the mantle with their Model 1894s.
(In our next episode – John M. Browning designs the Model 1893 and Model 1897 pump action shotguns for Winchester.)
Copyright Browning, 2018, 2019. Written by Browning staff writer Scott Engen. Photos are copyright by Browning and/or Winchester Repeating Arms (used with permission) or are in the public domain or used with attribution as indicated in the caption.