SAGINAW MICHIGAN V KINDLER Antique WINCHESTER 1873 Lever Action .44-40 WCF
Handy Companion to the “COLT 44” Made in 1888
Here we present an antique Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle chambered in the desirable .44-40 WCF caliber, made in 1888 in New Haven, Connecticut. This example is marked “V. KINDLER East Saginaw” on the barrel at the breech-end. Vincent Kindler established his shop in East Saginaw, before East Saginaw and Saginaw were officially consolidated into one city in 1889. The area was known for its lumber and manufacturing industries. Kindler is said to have been one of the largest firearms dealers in the state, and he marked his wares in similar manner to how the Browning Bros. of Utah, Sheard of Montana, and Lower of Colorado did.
The Model 1873 is one of the most iconic of all 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. Gray patina throughout. The action is excellent and the bore is in very good condition: bright with sharp rifling. The walnut stock shows use and remains solid. A neat piece with some added history to East Saginaw, MI from the retailer’s marking!
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Barrel is 24 inches.
Caliber: .44-40 Winchester Center Fire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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