Winchester Model 1887

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Winchester 1887 shotgun - 12 Gauge
Winchester 1887/M1901 shotgun - 10 Gauge. This is the hero gun for Paul Newman in the film The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean.

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, 12, and 16 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 bottom of the tang to the top. 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 the 1900s. 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.

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Specifications

(1887 – 1920)

  • Type: Shotgun
  • Calibers: 10 Gauge, 12 Gauge, 16 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:

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
The Professionals Burt Lancaster Bill Dolworth 1966
The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean Paul Newman Judge Roy Bean 1901 model 1972
The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean Victoria Principal Maria Elena 1901 model 1972
Terminator 2: Judgement Day Arnold Schwarzenegger The Terminator sawn-off barrel and stock 1991
Jumanji Jonathan Hyde Van Pelt modified 1901 model 1995
The Long Kiss Goodnight Joseph Mckenna One eyed Jack Under barrel grenade launcher 1996
The Mummy Returns Brendan Fraser Rick O'Connell sawn-off 2001
Monte Walsh George Eads Shorty guard model 2002
Ghost Rider Nicolas Cage Johnny Blaze sawn-off 2007
Hot Fuzz Tim Barlow Mr. Treacher 2007
Sherlock Holmes British police 2009
Public Enemies Stephen Lang FBI Agent Charles Winstead sawn-off 1901 model 2009
Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows Assassin 2011

Television

Show Title Actor Character Note / Episode Air Date
Supernatural Jensen Ackles Dean Winchester Sawed off 2009 - 2012
Alona Tal Jo Harvelle Sawed off / "Abandon All Hope..." (S05E10)

Animation

Title Character Note Date
Rango Beans 2011
Rango Rango 2011
Rango Multiples are seen in Sheriff's gun rack 2011

Video Game

Game Title Appears as Note Release Date
Gun Single shot 2005
Alliance of Valiant Arms As the "Winchester M1887S" With sawed-off barrel & stock and oversized lever loop, flip-cocked 2007
Counter-Strike Online "Winchester" 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; incorrect capacity of two shells 2010
Fallout: New Vegas "Lever Action Shotgun" Chambered for 20-gauge 2010
Modern Warfare 3 "Model 1887" Sawed-off barrel & stock, synthetic furniture, ghost ring sights 2011
Saints Row : The Third "The Gravedigger" 2011
Bioshock Infinite "Shotgun" 2012
Far Cry 3 1887 2012
Deadfall Adventures M1887 Sawn-off barrel & stock 2013




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