The 1887 was a John Browning design, although, as Lasley pointed out to me, it was not a gun Browning wanted to make. Winchester wanted a lever shotgun to go with its lever rifles. Browning thought pumps were a better idea, but he took Winchester's money and designed a lever shotgun for them and the 1887 was born. About 64,000 were made between 1887 and 1901, when the model was discontinued. Pumps, of course, remain in production today, proving once again that John Browning knew what he was doing.