c1881 YELLOWBOY Antique WINCHESTER M1866 Saddle Ring Carbine .44 HENRY
ICONIC First WINCHESTER with Cody Museum Letter!
Here we present an antique Lettered Winchester Model 1866 “Yellowboy” Saddle Ring Carbine, manufactured in New Haven, Connecticut in 1881. The Cody Firearms Museum letter shows that this saddle ring carbine was received in the warehouse on October 28, 1881, and shipped on November 1, 1881, in order No. 26796.
After the close of the American Civil War, the New Haven Arms Company became the Winchester Repeating Arms Company. One of its first orders of business was in revising and improving the Henry Rifle, which proved revolutionary to understate it. A new rifle was envisioned and became the lever-action repeating Winchester Model 1866.
Known as the Yellowboy, due to its brass frame and hardware, this was the first Winchester lever action rifle. It remains absolutely iconic as the “gun that won the West”, being used by pioneers, Native Americans, cowboys, lawmen, and ne’er-do-wells alike. It is the cornerstone for many a historical collection. It was revolutionary for its time, though it was based on the Henry Rifle that saw limited use during the American Civil War. Winchester improved upon the weaknesses of that design to make a very reliable, sturdy, and accurate rifle with a high volume of fire. The magazine tube became totally enclosed from the elements and the frame-mounted loading gate was introduced, allowing quick reloads and the ability to top off the magazine. The Model 1866 proved an immediate success for Winchester, with around 170,000 guns going on to be manufactured. The Model 1866 appeared in three forms for the mass market. They were the carbine, rifle, and the musket. The carbine, as is this rifle, made up 127,000 of the guns produced, making it by far the most popular.
The overall condition is very good. Original plum patina. The action is excellent. The bore is very good, especially for the type, age, and use: bright with strong rifling. The walnut stock shows use and remains solid.
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Barrel is 20 inches.
Caliber: .44 Henry Rimfire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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