RIAC Blog- Winchester rifles from the Tom Selleck Collection


Tom Selleck is one of the most famous American actors to ever appear on the silver screen. His iconic roles in Quigley Down Under, Blue Bloods, and of course Magnum P.I. have undoubtedly cemented him as one of the greats, but did you know that Tom Selleck is also an avid firearms enthusiast, collector, and activist?

A U.S. Army veteran, Selleck has worked passionately and tirelessly on behalf of veterans and gun owners around the country through various organizations he is involved in. Selleck was a member of the board of directors at the National Rifle Association for over 10 years, has appeared in multiple advertisements for the National Review, and has amassed an impressive personal collection of historic, rare, and absolutely beautiful firearms.

Featured in Rock Island Auction Company’s December Premier Auction is a unique opportunity to own items personally owned, used, and cared for by Tom Selleck himself. In total, there are 25 items from the Selleck collection that differ in prices from just over $1,000 to $50,000; perfect for any price range.

A truly jaw-dropping collection, each item is worthy of praise and admiration individually. However, detailed here are just a handful of the near two dozen other spectacular firearms available from Mr. Selleck’s collection. Take a look and place your bids quickly, the next Premier Auction takes place December 4th-6th.

Lot #84: Winchester 16 in. Barrel Model 1892 Trapper Carbine

A serious collection of firearms just would not be complete without the inclusion of some iconic Winchesters of the 19thcentury. The lever actions produced during this time were so effective that few remain in good condition because of their extensive use on the frontier.

This 1892 trapper carbine from the Tom Selleck collection was manufactured in 1925, and is in excellent condition with much of its original finish still present on the gun. As mentioned earlier, these rifles were used as a tool and because of their life exposed to the elements, these carbines are, more often than not, seen with very little finish remaining and wearing all of the scars of their working life.

An example like this out of Mr. Selleck’s collection in such outstanding condition is so exceedingly rare it could be considered the finest Winchester 1892 trapper carbine ever sold at Rock Island Auction Company. The desirable 16 inch barrel on this example is marked with two-line model/trademark/caliber marking on the left of the barrel near the breech. There are Winchester factory oval proofs on the barrel and receiver at the breech.

Trapper carbines are desirable no matter the configuration or condition, but the 16 inch barrel versions are especially so as it is the shortest barrel length permitted by without requiring an ATF exemption letter. Along with having such a desirable barrel length, this example is chambered in the most popular Model 1892 caliber, .44 W.C.F., and it exhibits the sort of exceptional condition that is so rarely seen among trapper carbines. Estimated at $35,000-$50,000, it also boasts being previously owned by Magnum, himself.

Lot #1054: Winchester Model 1886 Lever Action Rifle

The Winchester Model 1886 lever action rifle was one of the most advanced firearms of its day. Designed by John Moses Browning, this rifle was capable of firing some of the heaviest and most powerful ammunition available at the time. A significant design in the evolution of repeating rifles, the Winchester 1886 possessed a strong enough action to smoothly transition from black powder to smokeless powder with minimal changes.

A scaled-down version of the 1886 rifle was later designed by Browning and issued as the successful Model 1892. During World War I, members of the British Royal Flying Corps employed incendiary cartridges in their Winchester 1886s chambered in .45-90 Sharps in order to ignite hydrogen airships commonly used by the Germans.

Lot 1054:Tom Selleck Winchester Model 1886 Lever Action Rifle

This Winchester Model 1886 is accompanied by a factory letter confirming its half octagon barrel in .40-82 caliber, plain trigger, and half magazine are authentic. This rifle also has a desirable early casehardened receiver found only on Model 1886 rifles manufactured prior to 1902.

The receiver, hammer, lever, forend cap and buttplate are gorgeously casehardened, the bolt is blued and the loading gate is a beautiful niter blue. The plain forearm and straight grip stock are nicely figured walnut. Estimated at $22,500-$35,000, this Model 1886 has been kept in excellent condition and would make a fantastic addition to any collection.

Lot #1042: Two Digit Winchester 1873 Lever Action Rifle

Winchester Model 1873 rifles are often nicknamed “the gun that won the West,” and for good reason. The Model 1873 is perhaps the most successful rifle Winchester has ever produced with its legacy extending well into today.

In total, only about 720,000 of these rifles were produced up until 1923 and few exist in the condition as pristine as the one offered from the Tom Selleck Collection. Besides the remarkable quality the rifle has remained in over its 100 year history, this particular Winchester 1873 is an early production model.

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