Antique Winchester 1873 Lever Action Rifle 38 WCF
Second Model w 22 Inch Round Barrel & Shotgun Butt
Here we present an antique Winchester 1873 Second Model Lever Action Rifle, made in 1881 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. 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.
This rifle features a 22-inch octagonal barrel and a shotgun style butt plate, versus the standard crescent style for rifles. Each of these features were special ordered from the factory. The front sight is an adjustable blade. It is chambered for .38 WCF, a perfectly capable and revolver compatible cartridge. Both the barrel and the bottom of the frame are marked with the caliber. The receiver tang is marked “MODEL 1873”. The barrel is marked “WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS NEW HAVEN CONN. USA/KINGS IMPROVEMENT PATENTED MARCH 29, 1866, OCTOBER 16, 1860”.
The overall condition is very good. The metal surfaces have a light patina with some original blue in protected areas. All markings are clear and legible. The walnut stock is in very good condition. The bore has distinct rifling and is clean. The action is strong.
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Barrel is 22 inches in length.
Caliber: .38 WCF
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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