c1889 Antique WINCHESTER Model 1873 .44-40 WCF Lever Action Repeating RIFLE
With Octagonal Barrel & Crescent Butt Plate
Here we present an antique Winchester 1873 Lever Action Rifle chambered 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, such as the infamous “Colt 44”, 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. 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 very good. Original patina. Strong action. The bore is in good condition with strong rifling. Solid walnut stock with visible handling wear. This one was hand-checkered long ago. There is a thin varnish on it from long ago. “AL.CRANE” is marked in three places on this example: the barrel, lift, and dust cover rail.
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Barrel is 24 inches.
Caliber: .44-40 Winchester Center Fire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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