Engraved Winchester Model 90

Blasts From the Past: Engraved Winchester Model 90. If you have photos of rare, interesting, or unusual firearms, send them to [email protected] Today’s gun is a beautifully engraved version of the Winchester Model 90, a slide-action John Browning design that endured for over 40 years—almost 70 if you count its successor, the Model 62. In 1890, the Model 90 replaced the rimfire version of the great 1873. The Model 90 included a carrier refined to handle .22 short cartridges, which cycled poorly in other .22 repeaters. As a result, the Model 90 became immensely popular as a gallery gun, both in the U.S. and abroad. A rounded barrel model, the 06, followed. The version of the Model 90 we’ve got today is not a gallery gun, as it’s chambered in .22 Winchester Rimfire (.22 WRF)—a longer, more powerful cartridge than the .22 LR. This rifle bears the Winchester “No. It also features a fancy walnut stock and a Lyman tang rear with globe front sight.

Blasts From the Past is a weekly look at great old guns and underappreciated shooters from yesteryear. If you have photos of rare, interesting, or unusual firearms, send them to [email protected]

Today’s gun is a beautifully engraved version of the Winchester Model 90, a slide-action John Browning design that endured for over 40 years—almost 70 if you count its successor, the Model 62. In 1890, the Model 90 replaced the rimfire version of the great 1873.

While the centerfire ‘73 gained fame as the “Gun that Won the West”, the rimfire version fizzled. That’s when Winchester turned to John Browning, who was in the midst of a gun-inventing rampage, for a replacement.

The Model 90 included a carrier refined to handle .22 short cartridges, which cycled poorly in other .22 repeaters….

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