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The Alaskan wears an excellent set of Skinner
adjustable aperture sights.
The Alaskan takes apart quickly and easily for
storage and transport.
Taylorís & Company of Winchester,
Virginia has been importing quality replica firearms for over
two decades now. Taylorís specializes in historical firearms
from the mid nineteenth through the early twentieth centuries.
Taylorís imports from Europe the quality replica firearms of
Pedersoli, Chiappa, and Uberti, as well as the Bond
Arms derringers from Texas. Among the firearms imported by
Taylorís are some excellent replicas of the 1892 Winchester as
built by Chiappa of Italy. About three weeks ago, I was at the NASGW
(distributorís show) in Grapevine, Texas, and at the
Taylorís display booth, my eyes were immediately drawn to the
1892 Alaskan shown here. I had seen these before, but had never
had the opportunity to fire one, so I immediately put in a
request for a rifle for review.
The Alaskan is available chambered for either the 357
magnum, 44 magnum, or 45 Colt cartridges, and I requested a
rifle chambered for whichever one they could get to me the
As promised, Taylorís delivered, and this
45 Colt Alaskan arrived a few days ago. Upon opening the package
at Brighamís Hardware in Dover, Tennessee, I was not
disappointed. The Alaskan wears a durable satin-silver finish,
which contrasts very nicely with the black rubber over-molded
wood stock. The butt plate is a thick, semi-soft synthetic
rubber, which helps to keep the stock in place on the
shooterís shoulder, as well as to attenuate the recoil. The
test gun wears a sixteen inch octagon barrel which tapers from
.843 inch at the receiver to .742 inch at the muzzle, measuring
across the flats. The Alaskan wears an excellent set of
adjustable Skinner aperture sights,
with the front post housing a red fiber optic rod for greater
visibility in poor lighting conditions. The barrel is also
drilled to mount an extended eye relief (Scout) type scope, if
desired, and the scoped barrel will fit into the optional
Skinner case. The little Alaskan carbine is a delight to carry,
having an overall length of only 34.25 inches, and weighing in
at six pounds, eleven ounces on my scale. The Alaskan has a
fourteen inch length of pull, and the oversized loop lever makes
for quick working of the action, even when wearing heavy gloves.
Thankfully, the Alaskan has a traditional
style 1892 Winchester action, with no external safety lever nor
rebounding hammer, just as John Browning and God intended. The
Ď92 Winchester is a very strong, reliable, and safe design,
and has served shooters and hunters very well for over 120
years. There is no need to add external safeties, nor to
redesign the action, as some do. As designed, the Ď92 is
strong, slick, reliable, and safe. I am very happy to see that
Chiappa and Taylorís built this rifle as it was intended. Like
all 1892 Winchester rifles, the Alaskan carbine loads through
the port on the right side of the receiver, with this 45 Colt
Alaskan holding eight cartridges in the magazine, for a loaded
payload of nine rounds of 45 Colt firepower at the ready.
One of the handiest features of the Alaskan
is that it takes down into two sections quickly and easily,
without the use of tools, and goes back together just as quickly
when needed. This makes the carbine much easier to store and
transport. Taken apart, the longest section measures only
eighteen and three-quarters inches in length. This carbine stows
handily in the optional Skinner carry case. The case is padded,
secures the rifle properly, and has pockets to store ammunition
Unlike replica firearms of the 1873
Winchester design, the 1892 can handle a steady diet of heavy
loads. This carbine is also available chambered for the 44
magnum cartridge, and can handle safely the 45 Colt Plus P class
of ammunition, as loaded by Buffalo Bore, Cor-Bon, Double-Tap,
and others. The only limiting factors are cartridge overall
length and bullet shape that might prevent some 45 Colt
ammunition from not functioning properly through the 1892
action. The shooter is not limited to the sissy Cowboy
Action competition type loads, nor even standard-pressure 45
Colt loads in this Alaskan carbine, making this an excellent
rifle for hunting or for defense against large, dangerous
animals. With its sixteen inch barrel and sealed breech, the 45
Colt Plus P ammunition achieves much greater velocities when
fired from the Alaskan carbine, compared to the velocities
obtained from shorter revolvers' barrels.
tested several different types of ammunition to check velocities
from the Alaskan carbine. The loads listed below represent the
variety of ammunition available that works well through this
little jewel. The standard-pressure ammunition has plenty of
power for home defense or hunting of medium game, such as
whitetail deer. The Plus P ammunition with the heavy-bullet
loads are capable of taking down large, dangerous game. In
addition to the loads listed below, I also tried some of the
excellent Buffalo Bore 320 grain LBT-style bullet loads, but
they are too long to work through the Ď92 action. Velocity
readings were taken at twelve feet from the muzzle, at an
elevation of 541 feet above sea level, with an air temperature
of forty-eight degrees Fahrenheit and humidity in the sixty
percent range. JFN is a jacketed flatnose bullet. XPB is the
Barnes lead-free copper hollowpoint. JHP is a jacketed
hollowpoint. LSWC is a cast lead semi-wadcutter. LHP is a lead
|Buffalo Bore Keith
|Buffalo Bore XPB
Plus P Loads
|Buffalo Bore Cast LHP Deer Grenade
|Buffalo Bore JHP
|Buffalo Bore JFN
All loads listed above fed, fired, and
ejected perfectly through the Taylorís Alaskan carbine. The
action cycles very smoothly; much smoother than a modified Ď92
with a rebounding hammer. The machining, fit, and finish on the
Alaskan is first rate. I can find no flaws, inside nor out. The
trigger pull measures a crisp four and one-half pounds on my
scale. Feeding cartridges into the loading gate worked
flawlessly. That is one seldom-mentioned virtue of a lever
action carbine, for defense or hunting. The magazine can be
topped off at any time that there is a break in the activities.
It does not take the rifle out of the fight while loading the
mag. The slim forend of the Alaskan feels good in the hand, and
the rubber over molded stock provides a secure grip.
Accuracy was very good. I did not want to
attach a scope to this trim little carbine, so accuracy testing
was done at a distance of fifty yards, using the provided
Skinner sights. Every load tested could be kept around the one
inch mark at fifty yards for three shots, if I did my part. I
could find no fault at all in the performance of this little
The Taylorís Alaskan Take-Down carbine has
a retail price of $1324 US as of the date of this review. At
that price, it is not cheap, but compared to other such
take-down Ď92 leverguns on the market, whether production or
custom, the Alaskan is a very good buy for such a compact,
reliable, powerful, and accurate take-down Levergun.
Check out the Alaskan online at www.taylorsfirearms.com.
order high quality 45 Colt ammunition, go to www.buffalobore.com,
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The Alaskan is very handy to carry.
Large hole in barrel means serious business!
Optional Skinner padded carry case.
The Alaskan proved to be very accurate at 50 yards using