Model 1873

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The model 1873 Winchester is widely know as "The Gun That Won The West" because it's production run was so high that it became the everyman rifle of choice.

Winchester 1873 First Model "1 of 1000" Rifle .44 WCF s/n 3414 mfg 1875
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Winchester 1873 First Model "1 of 1000" Rifle .44 WCF s/n 3414
mfg 1875 - 24" octagon barrel, full mag, blued frame w/impressed thumbprint dustcover, set trigger, sporting front & rear sights, straight grain uncheckered walnut stocks, case hardened crescent buttplate. Once purchased by George Madis in Mexico in 1952. See documentation for a detailed history on this historic gun.

Winchester 1873 First Model Rifle .44 WCF s/n 7043 mfg 1874
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Winchester 1873 First Model Rifle .44 WCF s/n 7043
mfg 1874 - extremely rare 24" heavy weight Remington Twisted barrel provided by Winchester, factory nickel plated receiver. Original outside-factory work (by H.H. Schulte of Pittsburg) sights, fancy checkered forend & cheek piece stock with nickel plated & engraved butt plate, stock inlays, patch box & inscription plate inscribed "Joel Fink, Sept. 14th, 1875". Factory letter states shipped w/Remington Twisted Barrel, no stocks or sights. Outstanding 95% OA condition.

Winchester 1873 First Model Musket .44 WCF s/n 12788 mfg 1876
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Winchester 1873 First Model Musket .44 WCF s/n 12788
mfg 1876 - 30" round barrel with provisions for angular bayonet. Metal parts retain an even plum patina, straight-grain walnut stocks remain in excellent condition. Right side of stock has a cartouche of unknown origin incorporating an anchor and a crown-perhaps of British navel or Canadian origin.

Winchester 1873 First Model Musket .44 WCF s/n 12788 mfg 1876
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Winchester 1873 First Model SRC .44 WCF s/n 14670
mfg 1876 - 20" round barrel; early style impressed thumbprint dustcover; early style flip-up carbine rear sight; early style barrel band front sight; straight grain walnut stocks. Receiver retains 80% blue turning plum with correct factory forging marks and saddle ring shadow visible; thumbprint dustcover remains in excellent mechanical condition; barrel and mag retain 90% strong even blue throughout; stocks are in excellent overall condition with some light handling marks; action is crisp; bore is bright and shiny w/strong rifling and is considered a 9 on a scale of 1 to 10. Includes Winchester factory letter of authentication from the Cody Firearms Museum.

Winchester 1873 27029
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Winchester 1873 Spanish Contract Carbine .44 WCF s/n 27029
mfg 1878 - 20" round barrel; full magazine; lever latchless frame; graduated ladder rear leaf sight; forged fixed base front sight; straight grain walnut stocks w/extended forend and blued steel carbine buttplate without trap door. This is the earliest known Spanish Contract carbine and "Open Top" Model 1873.

Winchester 1873 First Model Musket .44 WCF s/n 12788 mfg 1876
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Winchester 1873 Deluxe Second Model Rifle .44 WCF s/n 30088
24" octagon barrel; full magazine; case-hardened receiver with correct impressed thumbprint dustcover; combination front sight and early semi-buckhorn rear sight with checkered edges; fancy straight grip checkered walnut oil finished stocks with crescent buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is marked with the assembly number "754" and "XX" w/matching assembly number found in buttstock inletting and inside toe of the buttplate. Condition: Very fine overall with barrel and mag tube retaining 97-98% strong original blue; receiver & sideplates retain strong original case colors, bright on left side, somewhat more faded on right side; top & bottom edges are moderately to heavily faded with light colors; hammer retains bright case colors; lever retains bright case colors on sides, moderately faded on outer faces; bolt face & loading gate retain most of their original factory finish indicating very light use; buttplate retains strong bright case colors; mechanics are crisp; bright shiny bore.

Winchester 1873 First Model Musket .44 WCF s/n 30203 mfg 1876
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Winchester 1873 Second Model Deluxe Rifle .44 WCF s/n 30203
mfg 1878 - 24" round barrel, full magazine, case colored receiver, hammer, lever and crescent buttplate, early impressed thumb print dustcover, fancy checkered straight grip walnut stocks with piano finish, tang sight, sporting rear sight. Rifle is in overall superb condition with receiver retains 90% vivid case colors starting to fade; barrel and mag retain 95% bright blue; stocks retain most all of their original varnish finish with sharp checkering; excellent bore.

Winchester 1873 Second Model Deluxe Rifle .44 WCF s/n 36005 mfg 1890
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Winchester 1873 Second Model Deluxe Rifle .44 WCF s/n 36005
mfg 1890 - 24" part round barrel w/full magazine (rare configuration), case hardened receiver w/plain trigger, buckhorn rear and Beach front sights, deluxe fancy checkered straight grip walnut stocks w/rubber shotgun butt. Excellent mechanical action and screws; barrel and mag retain approximately 60% thinning blue. Receiver and butt plate retains 30% vivid case colors, balance faded. Stocks retain most of their original varnish finish w/sharp checkering.

Winchester 1873 40686
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Winchester 1873 Second Model Deluxe SRC .44 WCF s/n 40686
mfg 1879 - 20" round barrel; full magazine; carbine rear sight; fancy tiger-striped oil-finished walnut stocks w/carbine buttplate & trap door with cleaning rod. Model "1873" is sliver inlayed in buttstock left wrist.

Winchester 1873 Baby SRC .44 WCF s/n 109172A mfg 1882
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Winchester 1873 Baby SRC .44 WCF s/n 109172A
mfg 1882 - 15” round barrel; full mag; case colored hammer and lever; early-style non-adjustable leaf sight graduated from 100 - 500 yards; post-type front sight; straight-grain oil finished walnut stocks; blued carbine buttplate with trap door; belly of receiver has Australian Importer markings of James Rosier in small font “10043 / J.R.”. Condition: Receiver, barrel and mag retain 85% - 90% original blue finish with areas of bright blue; hammer retains mostly brilliant case colors with balance fading; lever outside retains areas of fading case; lever inside trigger guard area and on top surface along bottom tang retain strong vivid case colors; stocks retain a high degree of their original oil finish and have some handling marks and mars; buttplate retains full coverage of dulling blue; mechanics are crisp; bore is brilliant with sharp rifling.

Winchester 1873 SRC .44 WCF s/n 253836 mfg 1887
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Winchester 1873 SRC .44 WCF s/n 253836
mfg 1887 - Third Model, half-mag, crescent butt, special-order front sight, 50% bright blue, balance turning plum.

Winchester 1873 Third Model Short Rifle .38 WCF s/n 281292 mfg 1888
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Winchester 1873 Third Model Short Rifle .38 WCF s/n 281292
mfg 1888 - 20" part round barrel w/ivory bead front and flat top rear sights, plain trigger, half magazine, case colored receiver, nickel plated crescent buttplate, extra finish walnut stocks. Barrel retains 95% original bright blue; receiver retains 75% coverage of 30% fading case colors; hammer retains 60% vivid case colors; buttplate retains 60% original nickel; stocks retain almost all their original varnish finish.

Winchester Third Model SRC .32 WCF s/n 601566B
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Winchester Third Model SRC .32 WCF s/n 601566B
mfg 1905 - 20” round barrel, carbine style rear sight; straight grain walnut stocks.

Winchester 1873 Third Model Short Rifle .44 WCF s/n 646054 mfg 1910
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Winchester 1873 Third Model Short Rifle .44 WCF s/n 646054
mfg 1910 - 20" octagon barrel, crescent butt. Metal retains 95+% bright blue with vivid case colors on hammer, lever and buttplate. Walnut stocks are in excellent condition and retain virtually all of their original finish.

Winchester 1873 708906
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Winchester Third Model SRC .32 WCF s/n 708906B
mfg 1917 - 20" round barrel, gumwood stocks. Carbine is in overall superb condition with receiver retaining 90% original bright blue finish with some areas of flaking turned brown; barrel & mag retain 95% bright blue; bore is excellent. .32 caliber Model 1873 carbines are rare. On page 257 of Gordon's book, survey revealed only 50 carbines were chambered in .32 caliber from a total of 762 carbines.

Winchester 1873 718191B
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Winchester Third Model SRC .32 WCF s/n 718191B
mfg 1917 - 20" round barrel, gumwood stocks. Carbine is in overall superb condition with receiver flaking and turning a brown aged patina; barrel & mag retain 95% bright blue; bore is excellent. .32 caliber Model 1873 carbines are rare. On page 257 of Gordon's book, survey revealed only 50 carbines were chambered in .32 caliber from a total of 762 carbines.

Winchester 1873 Third Model Deluxe Rifle .38 WCF s/n 720505B mfg 1923
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Winchester 1873 Third Model Deluxe Rifle .38 WCF s/n 720505B
mfg 1923 - 24" part round barrel; full mag; blued receiver w/case-colored hammer; knurled set-trigger; deluxe walnut stocks w/unusual carved stippled-background deco pattern & extra-long 13-1/2" pull; blued crescent buttplate; Lyman No. 5 combination front sight; Marbles 64 semi-buckhorn rear sight; Lyman No. 2A combination tang sight. Rifle is in like-new condition.

 

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