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1873 Rifles

The Winchester Model 1873 rifle is sometimes known as "The Gun that Won the West." When people think of an old cowboy gun, The Winchester '73 is usually what comes to mind. The only other firearm that rivals the Winchester 1873 in the stories of the Old West is the Colt Single Action Army Revolver, which coincidentally was also introduced in 1873.

W1063 1873 30” OCT BARREL

Item # W1063

W1063  1873  30” OCT BARREL This special order Winchester has a 30" bbl, full length mag tube and a crescent buttplate. The long bbl 1873 always gets attention. Has a very nice aged brown patina on the receiver, bbl and mag tube. The metal is nice and smooth with the exception of a couple of dings on the bbl.Dust cover is present. The bore is in good cond with nice rifling and no pitting. There is some roughness. Above average bore. Buttstock is nice fitting at both upper and lower tang and also at the buttplate. Light shrinkage at the toe. There is a repaired crack on the left hand upper corner. No loss of wood and well done. Forearm is also in VG cond with normal use marks. Nice old Winchester!! Comes with a research form.

Antique  $ 4,250.

W1056 2ND MODEL 1873 WINCHESTER

Item # W1056

W1056  2ND MODEL 1873 WINCHESTER This Winchester is in the 49k serial range. Nice clean smooth metal on the receiver with about 40% blue. The balance is a pleasing aged brown. Less blue on the 24" round bbl being mostly a brown/grey color. It does have a full mag tube. Bore is way above average for this early 1873. Overall cond VG+. Orig sights and dust cover. Nice rifle!

Antique  $ 3,650.

W1067 SPECIAL ORDER CASE COLORED 1873 WINCHESTER

Item # W1067

W1067  SPECIAL ORDER CASE COLORED 1873 WINCHESTER This is a semi-deluxe rifle in cal 38 WCF. Has the rare 26" oct bbl, full length mag and case colored frame. Frame retains about 50% on the right visible but thinning. The left has 60-70% case colors with some vivid but mostly dimming. Good case colors on the bottom and on protected areas. The 26" bbl has nearly all blue with some wear to the octagons and muzzle. Mag tube has turned to the antique brown/grey color. Standard rear sight and flip globe front. Wood would be about 1X and in VG condition with some handling marks and some dark oil stain spots. The fit is VG to upper and lower tang. No cracks or losses. Forearm also VG. Nice bright shiny bore with good rifling. Bore cond overall VG+. This is an early 1890's gun that has seen little use. A nice looking rifle with good eye appeal!

Antique  $ 9,500.

W1068 WINCHESTER 1873 SPECIAL ORDER RIFLE

Item # W1068

W1068  WINCHESTER 1873 SPECIAL ORDER RIFLE High cond special order rifle in 38 cal. Gun is equipped with oct bbl that has about 80% blue. Bbl is just as nice on the inside! Frame is case colored with much of the colors remaining. Some dimming. Nice smooth metal. Light frecking on the front of the frame. Hammer and lever have visible case colors also. Wood is semi-deluxe being 1 or possibly 2X grade. Equipped with shotgun butt and button mag. Entire gun is in VG cond. Wood is nice fitting with nearly all varnish remaining. This gun has been used very little. There is a Vernier style tang sight. Factory Letter confirms all the features of this fine Winchester.

Antique  $ 12,750.

W1071 SPECIAL ORDERED M-1873 CASE COLORED RIFLE

Item # W1071

W1071  SPECIAL ORDERED M-1873 CASE COLORED RIFLE This Winchester has a host of special features such as deluxe checkered wood, case colored receiver, cal 44 and 28" oct bbl. Nearly all the case colors remain although they have dimmed a bit. Nice smooth receiver metal. Bbl has about 70% blue. Nice sharp edges. Good markings. VG bore. Butt stock has about 2X wood that is rather dark. Checkering is nice with some wear but all intact. Forearm also has very nice checkering. This is a good collectable Winchester!

Antique  $ 14,500.

W1087 SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER 1873

Item # W1087

W1087  SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER 1873 Half round half oct bbl, full mag and crescent butt. Cal 38. Lyman tang sight. It also does have the standard bbl sights. Gun has in the neighborhood of 50-60% blue on the receiver. Bbl also exhibits quite a bit of blue that is thinning on the round part of the bbl. The mag tube has lost most of its blue and has the antique brown/grey color. This rifle has a VG+ bore. Action is nice. Wood is good fitting and good condition with the usual marks. Nice 73!

Antique  $ 4,250.

W948 WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 RIFLE

Item # W948

W948  WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 RIFLE 24" full oct bbl and full length mag tube. Beeches combination front sight. Buck horn rear sight. Series 62 referred to as the "bargain sight" for a tang sight. Bright shiny sharp bore. Should make a fine shooter. This gun is fitted with fancy un-checkered deluxe wood stated on the Factory Letter. The stock retains about 90% of the high gloss lacquer finish on the buttstock and about 50% on the forearm. Overall gun is excellent cond with 85-90% overall blue starting to thin on top of the bbl and bottom of the receiver. Crisp tight action. Orig dust cover. Good traces of case color on the hammer and lever. Nickel colored buttplate. Very attractive gun. Orig and complete with Factory Letter stating the oct bbl, plain trigger and fancy stocks.

Antique  $ 12,750.

W951 WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 RIFLE

Item # W951

W951  WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 RIFLE 24" full oct bbl and full length mag tube. 38 cal. Orig sights include a flat top sporting rear and typical Winchester front sight. Bright shiny bore with sharp rifling. Should make a fine shooter. Orig wood in VG cond with some minor handling marks. Rifle style buttplate. Overall gun is fine with 95% bbl and mag blue and 93-94% receiver blue with some minor flaking. Crisp tight action. Orig dust cover. 50% case colors on the hammer and lever. Nice little gun.

Antique  $ 4,950.

W810 VERY EARLY WINCHESTER 1873 RAISED THUMBPRINT 1ST MODEL

Item # W810-122-87

W810 VERY EARLY WINCHESTER 1873 RAISED THUMBPRINT 1ST MODEL 2200 serial range. This gun is pictured in Gordan's book on 73's on page 214 and 360. Factory Letter accompanies this gun. 24" full round bbl with full length mag tube. VG bore. Orig sights. Wood in generally good cond with rifle style buttplate. Correct raised thumbprint dust cover. Nice functioning action. Some minor pitting on receiver and bbl but still generally VG. Light grey patina. Scarce gun and hard to find with raised thumbprint.

Antique  $ 6,750.

W854 1873 wINCHESTER OCTAGON RIFLE

Item # W854-122-82

W854 1873 wINCHESTER OCTAGON RIFLE Cal 44. Oct bbl, full length mag and rifle butt. Receiver metal on the sides is smooth. Receiver bridge has some light pitting as does the replacement dust cover. Side plate has been cleaned towards the screw hole. A couple of screws have been replaced and a couple should be replaced. Bbl lightly cleaned showing some silver but also showing some antique brown/blue. Mag tube is about the same. The wood is shy at the upper tang. Otherwise solid. A coat of old varnish has been put on it years ago. Forearm is relatively good cond but is missing a chip towards the frame. Some pitting and roughness in bbl but otherwise shiny with decent rifling. The front sight is quite interesting as being a homemade frontier replacement with a Mexican coin. Rear sight is original. This does have all the good features. Entry level 73.

Antique  $ 1,875.

W962 73 WINCHESTER RIFLE IN CALIBER 32-20

Item # W962-122-81

W962 73 WINCHESTER RIFLE IN CALIBER 32-20 Original 24" full rd bbl and full length mag tube. VG+ shootable bore. Orig sights consist of a flat type sporting rear sight and typical Winchester front sight with a possible blade replacement. Orig wood retains a fair amount of varnish. Has a few light handling mars. Complete with a rifle style buttplate. Overall gun is smooth and clean with correct dust cover. About 30-40% orig blue starting to tone somewhat. Good traces of case color on the hammer and lever. Nice clean little 32-20. Should make a good shooter.

Antique  $ 3,100.

W947 WINCHESTER 1873 ONE OF ONE THOUSAND FIRST MODEL RIFLE

Item # W947

W947  WINCHESTER 1873 ONE OF ONE THOUSAND FIRST MODEL RIFLE Serial number 25827. Original 30” full octagon barrel with a full length magazine tube. Beaches combination folding globe front sight. Early first model rear sight as well as a folding tang sight with a 4” staff. This gun was manufactured and shipped with another identical featured 30” only 2 numbers apart. That gun is serial number 25829 and is featured in “The Story of the Winchester 1 of 1000 and 1 of 100 Rifles” by Edmund E Lewis. An excellent book with a lot of research and interesting facts. This was 1 of 11 One of One Thousands that were manufactured with a 30” bbl. There were about 136 total One of One Thousands with only 75-80 that are known survivors. This gun is all original complete with a Factory Letter stating all the features such as rifle, 30” oct bbl, set trigger, checkered stock, case hardened, 1 of 1,000 and shipped from the warehouse March 7, 1877. Two guns to the order. Gun has all the right features for a 25k serial range such as coarse early first model style checkering and the more desirable elaborate One of One Thousand marking on the bbl with a platinum line at the breech as well at the end of the bbl. Elaborate scroll engraving also at the end of the bbl. Straight stock with excellent condition wood. There is some wear to the checkering. No splits or cracks. Rifle style buttplate. A VG bore that would benefit from a good cleaning. Correct first model thumbprint style dust cover. Nice crisp action. All metal is a plum/brown patina with generally sharp corners and good markings. No signs of abuse. Very light cleaning areas on the receiver. Original set trigger functions fine. On the right hand side of the stock is a silver placque that was put on for presentation purposes probably when it was new. It has scroll engraving surrounding an oval motif for an inscription which is unsigned. Very nicely done with a deep lovely patina. Good clean crisp sharp gun! The One of One Thousand is the most desirable gun for any Winchester collector to place in a collection and the hardest to come by. A truly sought after scarce gun. Comes with the original “Wanted Poster” that measures 14” by 17” from when they were trying to locate the One of One Thousands after the movie “Winchester ‘73” came out. A search for the rare guns was done by Steve Hannagan and he chased down about 25 of the 1 of 1,000’s. Also accompanying this gun are two color posters advertising the movie which starred Jimmy Stewart and Shelly Winters. Posters have bright color and sharp corners. All this together would make a fantastic exhibit!! This is a near impossible to find very desirable gun!

Antique  $ 155,000.

W824 WINCHESTER 1ST MODEL 1873 RIFLE

Item # W824 -122-95

W824  WINCHESTER 1ST MODEL 1873 RIFLE Cal 44-40. This gun features the early raised thumbprint dust cover. 2k serial range. Orig sights. Shootable bore. Orig wood in VG+ cond with a rifle style buttplate. Overall metal is a plum /brown color with some minor pitting. Features a single set trigger. Scarce raised thumbprint dust covers go as high as 2200. Very desirable collector.

Antique  $ 7,500 sale pending.

WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 DELUXE RIFLE IN .44-40

Item # 7203-22-262

WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 DELUXE RIFLE IN .44-40 Early 2nd Model rifle with a 24 half octagon barrel, button magazine, pistol grip checkered wood is excellent+ with sharp rifling and most all original varnish remaining; complete with correct shotgun style butt. Overall gun is in superb condition with 95%+ bright vivid case colors and most lacquer still remaining over the case colored frame; 95% barrel blue-slightly toned but still excellent+. Hard to improve upon this one!

Antique  $ 57,500.

WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SPECIAL ORDER OCTAGON BARREL RIFLE

Item # 4223-21-62

WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SPECIAL ORDER OCTAGON BARREL RIFLE 24" full oct bbl and scarce button magazine. 32 cal. Overall metal on this gun has been completely re-finished and all corners are crisp and sharp with good markings. Correct dust cover. Some pin prick pitting visible on the side plates. Nice functioning action. Wood retains a fair amount of original varnish complete with a rifle style buttplate. Full coverage checkering on forearm. Original sights. Not a bad looking gun with only a couple of minor blemishes where someone may have had it in a vise. Very minor. Complete with correct dust cover.

Antique  $ 1,775 sale pending.

WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SPECIAL ORDER RIFLE

Item # W765 -22-78

WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SPECIAL ORDER RIFLE Cal 32-20. Unusual 28" half oct bbl and full length mag tube. This gun features uncheckered pistol grip plain grain Walnut without pistol grip cap. Rifle style buttplate. VG shootable bore. Orig sights. Good sharp markings and good corners. Crisp tight action. Receiver has generous traces of case colors in protected areas with balance turning a nickel color. Complete with set trigger.

Antique  $ 11,500.

WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 16” SHORT RIFLE

Item # W693A-22-33

WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 16” SHORT RIFLE Cal 44-40. Action still functions fairly good. Somewhat shiny bore with light to moderate pitting. Decent rifling. Features orig sights. Folding ladder carbine style rear sight that I believe is correct to the gun. Wood shows a fair amount of use with some mars and dings and a crack at the wrist but sound and solid. Forearm has a pretty good gouge out of it. Overall metal has been cleaned. Fair markings. Correct dust cover. These came out of South America in a package with a number of them and they were all disassembled. This gun has a lower tang with factory records indicating it was originally on a 73 carbine. Other than that this gun is all orig. Beyond a shadow of a doubt the 16" bbl is correct on this gun.

Antique  $ 4,100.

BEAUTIFUL WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 DELUXE PISTOL GRIP CHECKERED RIFLE

Item # W611 -21-1

BEAUTIFUL WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 DELUXE PISTOL GRIP CHECKERED RIFLE Cal 38-40 with special order 24" half oct bbl and full length mag tube. Buckhorn rear sight, combination Lyman flip up ivory bead front sight and thick base folding tang sight with 2-1/2" staff. Original checkered 2X dlx grade wood is excellent+ with most original varnish and sharp checkering. Rifle style buttplate has about 75% vivid case colors. Bbl and mag retain about 97% bright blue. There appears to be a couple spots of blood towards the mag band on the bbl. Receiver retains virtually all case colors starting to lighten a little at the bottom. Beautiful gun! Single set trigger. Factory Letter of Authenticity. Originally in the McCluskey collection from Denver.

Antique  $ 67,500.

WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 RIFLE

Item # W586 -22-218

WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 RIFLE Round bbl. 32 cal. Standard configuration with full length mag tube and crescent butt. This 264,XXX serial range gun is beautiful. Most lustrous blue remains on receiver. Bbl also has most blue which is starting to turn. Buttstock is in nice condition. Does have a slight crack coming off the toe. Forearm is also in nice condition with no cracks. Ample case colors remaining on hammer and lever. Good looking rifle!

Antique  $ 4,500.

SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 73

Item # W623 -22-79

SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 73 30" full oct bbl. 38 ca. Full length mag tube. Original sights. Excellent bore. Original wood has a few light dings in the forearm but generally VG overall with a considerable amount of stock varnish. Traces of case colors on the rifle style buttplate. Correct original sling swivels are in tact. Crisp tight action. Correct dust cover. Nice little gun!

Antique  $ 8,500.

WINCHESTER 1873 LATE 3RD MODEL 38 CALIBER RIFLE

Item # W404 -21-37

WINCHESTER 1873 LATE 3RD MODEL 38 CALIBER RIFLE 24" full round bbl and full length mag tube. Gun has been used very little. Has most original stock varnish intact with a rifle style buttplate. Mechanical condition is excellent. Crisp and tight. Correct dust cover. Original sights. The third model fourth variation is a scarce variation of the Winchester 73. These guns had no case colored parts. Hammer, lever, buttplate and everything was blued. Considered kind of a parts clean up gun. 715XXX serial range in the last year of production. Bbl and mag retain 95%+ blue. Receiver retains about 94% blue with traces of brown starting to appear. Crisp corners. An un-touched gun.

Antique  $ 6,500.

WINCHESTER MODEL 73 FIRST MODEL RIFLE

Item # W263-21-50

WINCHESTER MODEL 73 FIRST MODEL RIFLE Cal 44-40. Original 24" full round bbl and full length mag tube. Beaches folding combination front sight. Early first model rear sight. Excellent bore. Original wood is in excellent condition with rifle style buttplate. Traces of case colors on the buttplate as well. Overall gun retains about 90% original bright bbl blue starting to tone slightly on the receiver. Excellent case colors still remaining on hammer and lever. All original and complete with early thumb print dust cover in the 23,XXX serial range.

Antique  $ 18,500.

WINCHESTER MODEL OF 1873 RIFLE IN .44-40 WITH SPECIAL ORDER LONG STOCK

Item # 6682-21-67

WINCHESTER MODEL OF 1873 RIFLE IN .44-40 WITH SPECIAL ORDER LONG STOCK 30 full octagon barrel, full length magazine tube, very near fine bore; strong sharp rifling with minimal pitting. Generally VG wood with most original varnish, a 2" long repaired forearm crack at the front is solid; special order rifle style buttstock special ordered with a 14" pull as per Factory Letter. Metal is smooth and clean, barrel and magazine retain approximately 75% darkening blue, receiver has 40% darkening blue, the balance is a plum blue patina; traces of case colors on hammer and lever. Good lookin' 73.

Antique  $ 13,750.

WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 MUSKET

Item # 8713-22-140

Overall gun is in exc cond with 75% bright blue on bbl, the balance having flaked; most all the blue remains on the mag tube, vivid case colors on the hammer and lever. Exc wood with a few light handling mars. Nice, clean, sharp little gun that has been used very little; the loss of blue is just simply due to flaking.

Antique  $ 4,975 .

WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 RIFLE IN 32-20

Item # 8524-21-60

WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 RIFLE IN 32-20 Orig 24 full octagon bbl, full length magazine, deluxe checkered rifle butt, pistol grip and case hardened. Inscribed on the left side plate is: 'Presented to H.C. Cassidy by the Gun Dept of Hibbard, Spencer and Bartlett & Co. April 1884'. All of these facts are stated in a Factory Letter dated April 19, 1884, also confirms that the factory did the inscription on the side plate. It's interesting to note that Hibbard, Spencer and Bartlett went on to become the True Value Hardware Co. Accompanying this gun is a Bowie Knife marked 'H.C. Cassidy' as well which apparently was presented to him at the same time. Overall gun is in exc cond with orig front, typical Buckhorn rear and Lyman folding tang rear sights. Bbl retains 60-70% orig blue starting to tone somewhat with sharp corners and exc markings. Receiver retains 40-50% case colors, wood is in exc cond with most orig varnish, sharp checkering, just a few light handling mars and dings; complete with rifle style buttplate. Very nice little gun. Very rare to find a Winchester documented this thoroughly from the factory. All orig throughout.

Antique  $ 29,500.

8522 WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 RIFLE

Item # 8522-21-35

8522 WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 RIFLE 32 cal. With a special order 26 full round bbl, full length magazine tube, orig sights include Buckhorn rear and folding Lyman tang, mint bore. Orig wood is exc+ with a special order steel shotgun style buttplate, set trigger. Overall gun is in superb cond with 98%+ bright shiny glossy bbl and mag blue; receiver retains 97-98% vivid blue, exc case colors on hammer and lever. Fine gun, hard to improve upon. Factory Letter.

Antique  $ 11,500.

FANTASTIC WINCHESTER MODEL 1873, 3RD MODEL PISTOL GRIP DELUXE RIFLE IN 44-40

Item # 8391-21-27

FANTASTIC WINCHESTER MODEL 1873, 3RD MODEL PISTOL GRIP DELUXE RIFLE IN 44-40 Mint bore, orig sights, orig 24" full octagon bbl, full length magazine tube, orig pistol grip checkered walnut stock and a rifle style buttplate. Overall gun is in absolutely fantastic cond retaining nearly all of the orig vivid bright case hardening; vivid case colors still remaining on the buttplate, hammer and lever. Bbl retains most all the blue with some very slight toning, orig wood retains most varnish with a few light handling mars. Hard to improve upon. Guaranteed all orig and complete with Factory Letter.

Antique  $ 75,000.

LONG BARRELED WINCHESTER 1873 RIFLE

Item # 8125-21-34

LONG BARRELED WINCHESTER 1873 RIFLE This is a very early 3rd Model (89K range) with a 28 round bbl in 38 Caliber. Orig unmolested gun with a pleasing blue brown patina. Good condition nice fitting wood with one small sliver missing in a top corner, correct shotgun butt. Bore is somewhat dark and may benefit greatly from a good cleaning, rifling looks good. Long bbl'd '73's are really neat!!

Antique  $ 3,295.

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