c1885 WHITNEY-KENNEDY Lever Action Repeating RIFLE in .44-40 WCF Antique
Great Alternative to Winchester 1873!
Here we present an antique Whitney Kennedy Lever Action Rifle in .44-40 WCF, made circa the mid-1880s at the Whitneyville Armory in New Haven, Connecticut. The Whitney Kennedy was the next iteration of the Whitney Burgess Rifle which was designed by Andrew Burgess. Production was short-lived with only about 15,000 of all variants from 1879-1886. Obviously, Winchester was the top choice for most in the lever gun market during this period with over 222,937 Winchester Model 1873s having been made by the end of 1886.
The most distinctive visual feature of these rifles was the unique “Burgess” serpentine style of lever that was used until 1883. With the more traditional style of lever used here, that would date this one being manufactured between 1884-1886. It comes with a 24-inch octogen barrel chambered in the venerable .44-40 WCF. Just like the Winchester 1873, this rifle would have been a great companion to a Colt or Merwin Hulbert revolver in the same caliber.
The overall condition is very good. Strong and crisp action. The bore is in good shape with nice rifling. Solid stock. Here is a trusty alternative to the Winchester of the day, the Model 1873.
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Barrel is 24 inches.
Caliber: .44-40 WCF
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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