1889 Antique WINCHESTER Model 1873 .44-40 WCF SADDLE RING CARBINE
The “GUN THAT WON THE WEST”
Here we present an antique Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Saddle Ring Carbine in .44-40 WCF, made in 1889 in New Haven, Connecticut. The Model 1873 is one of the most iconic of American rifles. Given the moniker “The Gun that Won the West”, the 1873 was there during the Indian Wars and Range Wars of the late 19th century. Cowboys, Natives, settlers, miners, law enforcement, express companies and hunters all found these rifles and carbines useful tools.
These rifles made excellent companions to revolvers at the time as they were chambered for the same ammunition, meaning that the user only had to keep one type to feed both guns. One could easily defend the homestead and provide for his family with this versatile weapon. The 1873 really was the quintessential Western rifle, handily outpacing all the muzzle-loading and Civil War surplus guns that also made their way to the frontier.
Still an icon in the modern day, it was manufactured between 1873 and 1923. It was originally chambered for the .44-40 cartridge, which was the first centerfire cartridge, which became immensely popular. The 1873 was later produced in .38-40, .32-20, and .22 rimfire. The Model 1873 was produced in three variations: a 24-inch barrel rifle, a 20-inch barrel carbine, and a “musket”, which was aimed at military contracts and only made up less than 5% of production. In all, over 720,000 Model 1873s were produced.
The overall condition is good. Original patina with a brighter spot on the barrel. The action is strong. The bore is fair to good: reflective with clean lands and some darkness and light pitting in the grooves. The stock shows much use and a repair at the left side of the wrist (you can see the single nail near the top) and some loss of slivers around the bottom tang. The butt stock has a small amount of movement around the tangs. A carbine that looks like it rode the river!
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Barrel is 20 inches.
Caliber: .44-40 Winchester Center Fire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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