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Winchester Model 1887

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Winchester 1887 shotgun - 12 gauge
Winchester 1887/1901 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 Browning's 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 scattergun 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 Model 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 like a double barreled shotgun, now the shooter had a repeating shotgun that could hold five shells in its tubular magazine, plus one in the chamber (and an additional round if a shell is placed on the lifter). The 1887 was chambered in 10 and 12 gauge. Although Browning's 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 black powder 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 (1887, 1901), 12 gauge (1887 only)
  • 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:


Title Actor Character Note Date
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
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot Bill McKinney crazy driver 1974
Terminator 2: Judgement Day Arnold Schwarzenegger The Terminator sawn-off barrel and stock 1991
White Fang A gold prospector 1991
Posse Tone Loc Angel 1993
Jumanji Jonathan Hyde Van Pelt modified 1901 model 1995
The Long Kiss Goodnight Joseph McKenna One eyed Jack With M203 grenade launcher 1996
Original Gangstas Fred Williamson John Bookman With M203 grenade launcher 1996
Black Cat, White Cat (Crna macka, beli macor) ship guard 1998
Purgatory Gang members 1999
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 (2009) British police 2009
Public Enemies Stephen Lang FBI Agent Charles Winstead sawn-off 1901 model 2009
Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows Assassin 2011
The Tiger: An Old Hunter's Tale Korean hunters 2015


Title Actor Character Note/Episode Date
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
The Mandalorian - Season 1 Klatoonian raider mocked up to resemble a blaster 2018
Fear the Walking Dead - Season 7 Seen in armory; "Breathe With Me" (S7E04) 2021
Babylon Berlin - Season 4‎ Ep. 33 2022


Title Character Note Date
Bible Black: New Testament bank-robber "Revival" (Ep.01) 2004-2007


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

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Note Release Date
Gun Single shot 2005
Alliance of Valiant Arms As the "Winchester M1887S" With sawed-off barrel and stock and oversized lever loop, flip-cocked 2007
Counter-Strike Online "M1887" With X'mas and Sawn-off variants 2008
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 "Model 1887" Sawed-off barrel and 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
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 "Model 1887" Sawed-off barrel and stock, synthetic furniture, ghost ring sights 2011
Saints Row : The Third "The Gravedigger" 2011
Bioshock Infinite "Shotgun" 2012
Far Cry 3 "1887" 2012
Call of Duty Online "Model 1887" 2013
Deadfall Adventures M1887 Sawed-off barrel and stock 2013
Payday 2 Breaker 12G full-length or sawed-off; added in Biker Character Pack (2016) 2013
State of Decay "Model 1887" full-length, added in Lifeline DLC (2014) 2013
"1887 T-800" sawn-off, added in Lifeline DLC (2014)
Warface sawn-off 2013
Far Cry 4 "1887" and "87" 2014
Battlefield Hardline "1887" Getaway DLC (2015) 2015
Time Crisis 5 Sawed-off barrel and stock, engraved 2015
Postal 2: Paradise Lost Lever-Action Shotgun Sawed-off barrel and stock, Spin-cocked 2015
Hot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades 1887 Lever Action Shotgun Available in both full-length and sawn-off variants 2016
Mafia III "Elmwood 1925" Sawed-off barrel and stock 2016
Ghost Recon: Wildlands Model 1887 2017
TheHunter: Call of the Wild "Miller Model 1891" 2017
Far Cry 5 1887 Full length, sawed-off, and tactical variants 2018
Red Dead Redemption II "Repeating Shotgun" 2018
Hunt: Showdown "Winfield 1887 Terminus" Added in Update 1.5 (March 2021) 2018
State of Decay 2 2018
Maximum Action "1887" Sawed-off barrel and stock 2018
Far Cry New Dawn with improvised optic and kitchen knife bayonet 2019
Far Cry 6 Full length, sawed-off, and tactical variants 2021
Resident Evil 4 (2023 VG) "Skull Shaker" Deluxe edition only; sawed-off 2023
The Finals Model 1887 2023

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