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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.

W1253 FIRST MODEL WINCHESTER 1873

Item # W1253

W1253  FIRST MODEL WINCHESTER 1873 This 73 is just in to the 6k serial range. Standard configuration rifle with round bbl, full mag and crescent butt. It does have what appears to be an orig but slightly modified front sight. It has the early short correct rear sight that has been repaired. Thumbprint dust cover. Overall metal is the normal medium grey patina. Good bbl markings and the "1873" on the upper tang is very visible. The bore is quite good with good rifling. No real pitting and just some light roughness throughout, some of which could be leading and may clean up. Action is crisp and clean with good springs on both hammer and trigger. Wood is above average for a first model. Numerous use marks but good fitting. All four corners are good. No losses. Shows age but good overall cond and a good example of a first model 73.

Antique  $ 6,900.

W1115 WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 RIFLE

Item # W1115-23-198

W1115  WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 RIFLE Cal 38-40. Full oct bbl and scarce button mag. Orig sights. Fine bore. Wood retains most orig lacquer. Rifle style butt plate. Bbl retains 95% orig blue. Orig sights. Receiver retains about 90% blue starting to tone and turning a plum color. Crisp sharp action. Excellent markings. Orig dust cover. Fine gun and comes with Factory Letter.

Antique  $ 7,750.

W1111 73 FIRST MODEL RIFLE

Item # W1111 -23-174

W1111  73 FIRST MODEL RIFLE Cal 44-40. 24" round bbl. Orig sights. Excellent bore. Wood has a few light handling mars but generally in excellent cond with most orig varnish. Rifle style butt plate. Overall metal is excellent as well with about 95% bright glossy bbl, mag and forend cap blue. Receiver has a small amount of flaking but retains 90% blue on one side and about 70% on the other. Correct thumbprint dust cover. 21k serial range. Mechanics are excellent plus. Fine little gun.

Antique  $ 14,950.

W1100 WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 RIFLE

Item # W1100-23-2

W1100  WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 RIFLE Cal 38-40 with scarce special order 32" oct bbl and full length mag tube. Orig sights include German silver inlaid blade front sight, 2-leaf flip up rear sight and scarce thick base Lyman 73 marked folding tang sight. Gun is in fine condition. Much better than usual. 75-80% bbl and mag blue. Receiver has about 50-60% orig blue turning a plum/brown. Wood retains most orig varnish with a rifle style butt plate and a few usual hunting dings. Very fine original gun with crisp action and orig dust cover. Complete with Factory Letter.

Antique  $ 11,750.

8125 LONG BARRELED WINCHESTER 1873 RIFLE

Item # 8125-23-199

8125  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.

8522 WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 RIFLE

Item # 8522-23-196

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.

WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 MUSKET

Item # 8713-23-182

WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 MUSKET 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 .

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

Item # 8391-23-181

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.

W1131 WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 MUSKET

Item # W1131 -23-177

W1131  WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 MUSKET Cal 44-40. Orig sights. Mint bore. Wood is in excellent cond with just a few light handling marks. Bbl retains 95-96% bright blue. The receiver is somewhat flaked and retains about 50% blue on one side and just traces on the other. Crisp action and orig dust cover. The gun has seen very little use.

Antique  $ 4,500.

W1200 SPECIAL ORDER 1873 RIFLE

Item # W1200

W1200  SPECIAL ORDER 1873 RIFLE This rifle is a rare 26" half oct half round bbl with button mag. Cal 44. This is an early 3rd model gun at just over 100k. Good looking rifle that has aged gracefully. Medium brown color on the receiver. Bbl is an aged blue. Butt stock shows its age but is in good overall cond. There is a light hairline crack on the right that runs about in the center of the stock. Everything is solid. Forearm shows age but in VG cond. Bore has good rifling but is a little on the rough side. May clean up. Nice action. Nice rifle!

Antique  $ 3,500.

W1202 WINCHESTER 1873 OCTAGON BARREL IN 22 LONG

Item # W1202-23-192

W1202  WINCHESTER 1873 OCTAGON BARREL IN 22 LONG Good looking rifle with a lot of eye appeal. Metal is a pleasing aged plum color. Good markings throughout. Butt stock is in beautiful orig cond with some factory finish remaining. The crescent butt has some oxidation. May have sat on a damp feed sack. Blends well with the gun. Forearm has dings and usage marks but is in good overall cond. Bore is a bit rough. Orig dust cover. VG example of a rare gun.

Antique  $ 4,250.

W1201 22 CALIBER WINCHESTER 1873

Item # W1201 -23-186

W1201  22 CALIBER WINCHESTER 1873 This 73 is in cal 22 long. All 73's are hard to come by now days and the 22 long especially so. This is a good looking gun with most finish remaining. Receiver has quite a bit of orig blue with some age showing. Bbl likewise with most finish remaining. There are some scratches and marks on the bbl. Good bbl address and other markings. Butt stock is shows some use but is in good overall cond as is the forearm. This gun has a VG bore which is way above average for a 73 22 cal. Good addition to any 73 or Winchester collection.

Antique  $ 4,100.

W1135 WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 RIFLE

Item # W1135

W1135  WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 RIFLE Cal 38-40. 24" full round bbl with full length mag tube. Sheared hunters front sight and typical buckhorn rear sight. Wood is in VG cond with just a few light handling mars. Considerable aount of orig varnish remains. Rifle style butt plate. Bbl and mag retain about 20% orig blue turning a plum color. Receiver pretty much the same. Crisp tight action. Orig dust cover. VG shootable bore that could benefit from a good cleaning.

Antique  $ 3,150.

W1116 WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 RIFLE

Item # W1116-23-169

W1116  WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 RIFLE Cal 22 short. Full oct 24" bbl. Correct blade front sight. Typical buckhorn rear sight. Wood has a light coat of varnish added but is not sanded or undersized. Looks good. Complete with rifle style butt plate. Corners are sharp with good markings. Crisp tight action. Correct dust cover. Average bore. Traces of blue on receiver. Mostly a silver color. Nice 73 in a relatively scarce caliber.

Antique  $ 3,475.

W1063 1873 30” OCT BARREL

Item # W1063 -23-179

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.

W1067 SPECIAL ORDER CASE COLORED 1873 WINCHESTER

Item # W1067-23-197

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.

W1087 SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER 1873

Item # W1087-23-166

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.

W951 WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 RIFLE

Item # W951-23-171

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.

W854 1873 WINCHESTER OCTAGON RIFLE

Item # W854-23-176

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 sale pending.

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.

WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 DELUXE RIFLE IN .44-40

Item # 7203-23-170

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 RIFLE

Item # W765 -23-194

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-23-193/211

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 -23-168

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.

W586 WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 RIFLE

Item # W586 -23-210

W586  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 MODEL 73 FIRST MODEL RIFLE

Item # W263-23-167

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.

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Fergus Falls, MN 56538

Phone: (218) 739-3255 ~ Email: leroy@merzantique.com

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