EARLY 1st Model WINCHESTER 1873 Lever Action Rifle .44-40 WCF c1874 Antique
SECOND YEAR PRODUCION Made in 1874!
Here we present an antique Winchester First Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle chambered in .44-40 WCF, made in 1874 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. 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.
This one features the dust cover guides on either side of the ejection port. The butt plate has a trap within for the cleaning rod. Round barrel of 24-inches in .44!
The overall condition is good+. Strong action. Clean bore with nice rifling. There is a period repair to the upper tang to repair the very tip: it looks like the screw aperture may have cracked and was brazed to make whole again. The walnut stock remains solid and shows handling and a little light sanding, most apparent on the forearm. The rear sight and dust cover are replacements. Here is a very early ’73 Winchester at a great price!
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Barrel is 24 inches.
Caliber: .44-40 Winchester Center Fire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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