c1891 Antique WINCHESTER Model 1873 Lever Action .44-40 WCF “MUSKET” Rifle
Higher Capacity Repeater for the Indian Wars Era
Here we present an antique Winchester 1873 Lever Action Musket in .44-40 WCF, made in 1891 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. 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, and 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”, as is this one, which was aimed at military contracts and only made up less than 5% of production. In all, over 720,000 Model 1873s were produced. Many gun owners favored Winchester rifles for their ability to fire the same ammunition as their pistols, meaning that a cowboy, trapper or stagecoach defender could take along his trust rifle and pistol sidearm with only one supply of ammo!
The overall condition is fine! Very nicely refinished. Robust, crisp action. Bright, sharply rifled bore. Excellent walnut stock. Sharp markings. A beautiful example of one of the scarcer variants of the Model 1873 Winchester.
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Barrel is 30 inches.
Caliber: .44-40 Winchester Center Fire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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