Winchester was one of America's first successful repeating rifle manufacturers. The company’s centerfire Model 1873 and lever-action Model 1876 repeaters found favor with homesteaders, settlers, miners, ranchers, and lawmen as well as American Indians and other riflemen. The company also produced a variety of other lever-action shotguns and bolt-action rifles. Winchester’s innovative products and exceptional quality made it a leader in the gun industry.
The company also entered the military market, providing both rifles and ammunition to United States and Allied troops in both World Wars. Winchester rifles were also popular with hunters and target shooters.
In the late 19th century, Winchester introduced the Model 1886. It redefined big game lever action power with its superior accuracy, smooth operation and unparalleled beauty. While highly finished examples in the Model 1886 can sell for five figures, average ones still provide collectors with a fair amount of opportunity to acquire this classic firearm.
Winchester 290 Review
The 290 was an entry into the 200 Series line of semi-automatic Winchester rifles with a tubular magazine capable of holding up to 16 long rifle rounds. The 290 is also equipped with an early dail u-notch rear sight and a ramp blade front sight. This particular example is in very good condition with a solid, blued finish.
The serial number is located on the underside of the receiver. The barrel is marked "WINCHESTER / 22 S, L, or LR - MODEL 290 / Made In New Haven Conn. U.S.A." The receiver is grooved for scope mounts. The stock is made of a nearly-new press checkered wood with a pistol grip.