Winchester Model 1887
Another of John Brownings' famous designs, this shotgun was first developed in 1887 by demand of a repeating shotgun for lawmen and cowboys to use. To many, two shots was not enough firepower for a scatter gun and a repeating shotgun was required to get the job done. Winchester asked Browning to build such a gun, well aware he was the best for the job. Browning had already been working on a pump-action design (which would later become the Winchester 1897 shotgun), but Winchester wanted to keep tradition with a lever-action gun.
Browning complied and designed the Winchester 1887 in a very short space of time. Instead of two shots, now the shooter had five shots, plus one in the chamber. The 1887 was chambered in 10 and 12 gauge. Although Brownings' 1897 shotgun became more popular with the military, the 1887 remained a favorite with cowboys and lawmen and continued to be used for many years.
In 1901, the gun was redesigned to fire higher pressure smokeless rounds and the overall design was improved. Notable additions were a two piece lever, a trigger block, and the company stamp was moved from the left side wall of the receiver to the top of the tang. The 1887 was designed for blackpowder loads. The 1901 was only chambered for the 10 gauge smokeless load.
The Winchester company produced over 60,000 guns until the model 1901 was discontinued in 1920. Today, the original Winchester model is somewhat difficult to find. Instead, reproductions such as Norinco's YL-1887 shotgun (released in 2002) are available, and the Aldo Uberti copies are used in films today.
(1887 – 1920)
- Type: Shotgun
- Calibers: 10 gauge, 12 gauge
- Weight: 8 lbs (3.6 kg)
- Length: 39 in. (99.7 cm)
- Barrel lengths: 20 in (50.8 cm), 30 in (76.2 cm)
- Capacity: 5-round tubular magazine
- Fire Modes: Lever-Action
The Winchester Model 1887 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:
|Supernatural||Jensen Ackles||Dean Winchester||Sawed off||2009 - 2012|
|Alona Tal||Jo Harvelle||Sawed off / "Abandon All Hope..." (S05E10)|
|The Man in the High Castle||Burn Gorman||The Marshal||sawn-off||2015|
|Rango||Multiples are seen in Sheriff's gun rack||2011|
|Game Title||Appears as||Note||Release Date|
|Alliance of Valiant Arms||As the "Winchester M1887S"||With sawed-off barrel & stock and oversized lever loop, flip-cocked||2007|
|Counter-Strike Online||"M1887"||With X'mas and Sawn-off variants||2008|
|Modern Warfare 2||"Model 1887"||Sawed-off barrel & stock, oversized lever loop||2009|
|Call of Duty: Black Ops||"Model 1887"||Only appears during a vehicle segment; can incorrectly fire two shells before needing to be flip-cocked||2010|
|Fallout: New Vegas||"Lever Action Shotgun"||Chambered for 20-gauge shells||2010|
|Modern Warfare 3||"Model 1887"||Sawed-off barrel & stock, synthetic furniture, ghost ring sights||2011|
|Saints Row : The Third||"The Gravedigger"||2011|
|Far Cry 3||1887||2012|
|Deadfall Adventures||M1887||Sawn-off barrel & stock||2013|
|Far Cry 4||"1887" & "87"||2014|
|Time Crisis 5||Sawed-off barrel & stock, engraved||2015|
- Winchester Repeating Arms - A list of all firearms manufactured by Winchester Repeating Arms.