FIRST Model Antique WINCHESTER 1873 .44-40 WCF RIFLE Made in 1875 Scarce
Hard to Find Early 1st Model 1873
Here we present an antique 1st Model Winchester 1873 Lever Action Rifle in .44-40 WCF, made in 1875 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. 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. Special Order barrel lengths, such as this one, were available. In all, over 720,000 Model 1873s were produced.
The overall condition is good. The barrel and magazine tube were shortened to 22-inches during the period of use. Strong action. The bore is in good shape with strong rifling. The stock has been repaired at the wrist and the comb has a bit of filler near the butt plate. The dust cover is a replacement. The door to the butt plate trap has lost its knob but the door still functions.
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Barrel is 22 inches.
Caliber: .44-40 Winchester Center Fire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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