Antique WINCHESTER 1873 Lever Action .44 CARBINE
2nd Model Saddle Ring Carbine
Here we present an antique Winchester 1873 Second Model Lever Action Rifle, made circa 1880 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.
The top of the barrel is marked “WINCHESTER’S REPEATINGS ARMS NEW HAVEN CONN. U.S.A./KING’S IMPROVEMENT PATENTED MARCH 29, 1866, OCTOBER 16 1860”. The tang is marked “MODEL 1873”. Dust cover rail is correctly attached by screws.
The overall condition is fair. The metal surfaces have a dark gray patina. The markings are mostly legible. The fore stock has clearly seen some weather and use while the butt stock has been replaced with a newer piece. The bore is dark with scattered roughness and visible rifling. The action on this rifle is strong. Here is a Winchester 1873 Saddle Ring Carbine in .44-40 that has been there and done that!
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Barrel is 20 inches.
Caliber: .44-40 WCF
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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