Antique WINCHESTER YELLOWBOY Model 1866 .44 Musket
Gunning for Military & Militia Contracts
Here we present an antique Winchester Model 1866 “Yellowboy” Musket, manufactured in New Haven, Connecticut in 1871. After the close of the American Civil War, the New Haven Arms Company became the Winchester Repeating Arms Company. One of its first orders of business was in revising and improving the Henry Rifle, which proved revolutionary to understate it. A new rifle was envisioned and became the lever-action repeating Winchester Model 1866. Known as the Yellowboy, due to its brass frame and hardware, this was the first Winchester lever action rifle. It remains absolutely iconic as the “gun that won the West”, being used by pioneers, Native Americans, cowboys, lawmen, and ne’er-do-wells alike. It is the cornerstone for many a historical collection. It was revolutionary for its time, though it was based on the Henry Rifle that saw limited use during the American Civil War. Winchester improved upon the weaknesses of that design to make a very reliable, sturdy, and accurate rifle with a high volume of fire. The magazine tube became totally enclosed from the elements and the frame-mounted loading gate was introduced, allowing quick reloads and the ability to top off the magazine. The Model 1866 proved an immediate success for Winchester, with around 170,000 guns going on to be manufactured. The 1866 appeared in three forms for the mass market. They were the carbine, rifle, and the musket. The musket, as is this rifle, made up only 15,000 of the guns produced, making it by far the scarcest.
It features a longer barrel and magazine tube with a higher capacity. The barrel’s front sight was designed to take a bayonet. This was made specifically to target the military and militias for contract orders, and while the US military did not bite, there were some state militias that did.
The overall condition is very good. The barrel has a light gray patina. The brass is in great shape. The markings are clear and legible. The walnut stock is in good shape. The bore is in good condition with nice rifling. The action on this musket is excellent.
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Barrel is 27 inches.
Caliber: .44 Rimfire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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