Merz Antique Firearms ~ Catalog of Old Guns and Related Items
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.
W2340 WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 RIFLE IN 44 WCF
Item # W2340
This is the gun that everybody wants with its octagon barrel and full length mag tube chambered in the desirable 44 WCF caliber complete with a crescent butt plate. "The gun that won the West". Good bore with good rifling. Wood shows a few mars and dings but is sound and solid with no cracks or splits. Rifle style buttplate. Overall metal is in very nice condition with good sharp corners, excellent markings and original sights. Crisp tight action. Original dust cover. 50-60% barrel and magazine blue. 40% original receiver blue. Nice sharp little gun that is hard to find with octagon barrel in 44-40 that isn't a complete wreck. Good looking example that you can take out and have some fun with or just add it to your collection.
Antique $ 4,575.
W2079/2319 BEAUTIFUL PAIR OF A 1873 AND A 1876 DELUXE RIFLES COMPLETELY RESTORED
Item # W2079/2319
The work on these is fantastic! The guns complement each other perfectly. It is about as close to factory case colors as I've seen. The 1876 has a 28 inch octagon barrel and button magazine in caliber 45-75. Checkered wood is in beautiful condition with sharp checkering and 1 inch longer than standard buttstock with rifle butt. The 1873 is a half octagon barrel with button magazine and in caliber 44-40. Pistol grip stock with beautiful checkered wood. It has a thick base folding tang sight and a Beach combination front sight. Mint bore and a set trigger. Both guns are absolutely gorgeous and were expertly done.
Antique $ 18,500 for 76 and 73 is $ 17,500 or $ 30,000 for the pair.
W2328 WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 RIFLE
Item # W2328
Cal 44-40. 24" oct bbl and full length mag tube.Original sights. Very near excellent bore. Wood is in VG condition with a special order shotgun style buttplate. Overall metal is excellent with sharp corners and good markings. Retains about 30-40% blue turning a plum color. Action is crisp and tight. Original dust cover. Gun is excellent inside and out with the exception of a small sliver of wood taken off on both sides of the forearm rounding off the forearm. If you didn't know that it shouldn't be this way you wouldn't even notice. Nice clean sharp gun that is hard to find in a 44-40 oct bbl. Very desirable.
Antique $ 4,175.
W23 BEAUTIFUL WINCHESTER 1873 MUSKET
Item # W23
This fine Winchester musket comes in 44 WCF caliber. It has hardly seen any use! Bore is near perfect. Nearly all barrel blue remains. A couple very light scratches. Receiver also has nearly all original blue. A couple of spots of flaking probably from poor storage. Along the upper edge is a couple spots. The rest of the receiver has the deep blue. Lever and hammer have most case colors remaining. Even the buttplate has visible case colors and the original cleaning rod is in the butt. Wood matches gun condition being exceptional. This gun was a closet queen for decades. If you need a fine 73 musket for your collection this one is for you!
Antique $ 6,500 .
8713 WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 MUSKET
Item # 8713
Standard 30 inch Musket configuration in 44 WCF caliber. Crisp action with a bright shiny bore. Overall gun is in excellent condition 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. Wood has 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 .
W1141 1873 RIFLE WITH 24” HALF OCTAGON BBL
Item # W1141
Cal 38-40. Half length button mag, orig sights and bright shiny bore with sharp rifling. Wood retains most orig varnish with just a few light handling marks. Rifle style buttplate. Overall gun is very nice with about 90% bright blue thinning on the receiver bottom and high points. Crisp tight action. Orig dust cover. A fine little gun and comes with Factory Letter of Authenticity.
Antique $ 6,750.
W2290 WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 RIFLE IN 38 WCF
Item # W2290
24 inch octagon barrel with full length mag tube and rifle style butt. A good bore with lots of shine and a few light spots of roughness. Crisp action. Original sights. Most all of the original thinning blue remains on the metal surfaces. Dust cover is a gray patina. Traces of case color remain on the hammer and lever. Wood is good looking and fitting with the usual wear and handling mars. An "LN" or "N7" (depending on how you hold the gun) carved into the left side of the forearm. Other than the carving it is a real good looking 3rd Model 1873 rifle. Made in 1885.
Antique $ 4,100.
W1057 WINCHESTER 1873 RIFLE
Item # W1057
Cal 32 WCF. 24" bbl, full length mag tube and crescent butt. Sights include Rocky mountain front sight, blank in rear bbl dovetail and a combination tang sight. Bbl and mag tube have a faded blue/brown color. Receiver has a good amount of blue that is turning. Wood has a dark oil finish overal with numerous handling dings and scrapes. Crisp tight action. Bore has visible rifling with some frosting.
Antique $ 3,100.
W1052 WINCHESTER 1873 MUSKET
Item # W1052
44 WCF caliber with standard 30 inch barrel with original military sights. 3 band forearm and musket stock with sling swivels. Great looking musket that like many others appear unissued. Barrel has all original strong blue. Lever, hammer and butt plate have very nice case colors present. Receiver blue has scattered flaking. Original wood finish is in good shape with the usual dents and impressions from storage. Very good bright shiny bore.
Antique $ 4,995.
W508 VERY NICE WINCHESTER 1873 RIFLE
Item # W508
24" round bbl in 38 cal. Full length mag and crescent butt. Shines in the department of nice receiver blue. Pretty much all original blue remains with light wear and aging. Color is still a nice brilliant blue. Bbl also has most blue remaining. Traces of case color present on the hammer and lever. Nice markings. Original rear sight and a hunter's style blade front. VG+ bore. Nice action. Good overall condition wood.
Antique $ 3,975.
W1161 WINCHESTER 3rd MODEL 1873 RIFLE
Item # W1161
Cal 38 WCF. 24" oct bbl, full length mag tube and crescent butt. Sights include dovetail front sight and sporting rear sight with elevator. Bbl and mag tube show a good amount of toning blue. Frame retains about 80% blue with some minor scratching. Hammer and lever have good traces of case color. VG bore. Bright and shiny with good rifling. Nice action. Wood is VG overall with minor handling mars and wear at the toe. This 3rd model 1873 is way above average! Comes with Cody Research Form.
Antique $ 7,950.
W2143 WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 IN CALIBER 44-40
Item # W2143
Sights include flip up ladder rear sight and typical barley corn front sight. Wood shows some use but is sound and solid with a considerable amount of orig varnish remaining. Correct carbine style butt. Crisp tight action. Orig dust cover. Correct saddle ring. Metal is a plum/brown color with slight traces of blue. Bore is fairly bright with sharp rifling. A small bulge about 2" from the muzzle but still should make a good shooter. This gun comes complete with correct import papers from the Republic of Chile.
Antique $ 3,250.
W2069 WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 RIFLE
Item # W2069
Cal 38-40. Full oct bbl and a button mag. Wood is VG+ with shotgun style buttplate. Excellent bore. Original sights. Overall metal retains about 25% blue with the balance turning a plum/brown on the bbl. Receiver 30-40% bright finish starting to tone. Crisp tight action with correct dust cover that snaps into position. The gun appears to have been a 24" rifle that was professionally shortened to a more desirable 22". An excellent little gun.
Antique $ 3,100.
W2066 WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 RIFLE
Item # W2066
Cal 38-40. 24" oct bbl, full length mag tube and crescent butt. Sights include a folding Beaches front sight and buckhorn rear sight. Wood has been lightly cleaned and is in fine condition with very few nicks and mars. Set trigger. Gun retains about 75% bbl and mag blue. Receiver has about 50-60% toning blue. Good traces of case color on the hammer and lever. Nice clean original gun.
Antique $ 2,995.
W2152 WINCHESTER 1873 RIFLE
Item # W2152
24 inch full octagon barrel chambered in 38 WCF caliber. Full mag. Crescent butt. Barrel is a blue/plum patina while the mag is a plum/brown coloration. A good bore that may clean up to be even better. Crisp action. Front sight blade has been replaced with a nickel and the original sporting rear and a tang sight too. Receiver is a plum/brown color with original blue in the protected areas around the side plates. Wood is good with the usual handling mars. Stock has been lightly sanded but they didn't get carried away. This is a good honest looking Winchester from 1888.
Antique $ 2,375.
W1029 WINCHESTER 2ND MODEL 1873 RIFLE WITH 28 INCH BBL
Item # W1029
Special order 28 inch octagon barrel with full length mag tube chambered in 44 WCF. Dark bore with strong rifling that may clean up. Rifle style butt. Blade front and sporting rear sights. Metal surfaces have all been cleaned long ago and are a mottled gray/brown patina with some scattered pitting. Re-oiled wood condition matches the rest of the gun with some scratches and dings. This is a Second Model rifle made in 1882.
Antique $ 3,975.
W2077/W2078 PAIR OF CONSECUTIVE SERIAL NUMBERED 1873 SPECIAL ORDER RIFLES
Item # W2077/W2078
One is a case colored oct bbl deluxe rifle with a straight grip stock and shotgun butt. Overall gun is in excellent condition having been restored by Turnbull to like new condition. Sharp markings and beautiful case colors. Early 2nd model in the 69k serial range. The other gun is 1/2 oct 1/2 mag special order shotgun butt with dlx wood. Cal 38-40. This gun retains about 50% original blue starting to tone to a plum/brown. Wood is refinished but looks good. Both guns letter in in these configurations although they do not list the shotgun style butts. The reason for this is that it was standard on the 38-40 when they first came out. Later on when they weren't standard it would be listed on the Letter.
Antique $ 12,500 FOR THE PAIR.
W598 WINCHESTER 1873 SECOND MODEL RIFLE
Item # W598
S/N 84,5XX. 24“ round barrel full mag with correct original front and rear sights along with 62B folding tang sight. Overall metal finish is plum brown, side covers have light scratches and some pitting on the right plate. Bore has some pitting scattered here and there throughout. Wood has a number of handling marks, fits nicely with a small crack on the right side of the forearm.
Antique $ 2,175.
W1065 STANDARD ROUND BBL WINCHESTER 1873 RIFLE
Item # W1065
44 WCF Standard configuration 3rd model S/N 135476. Overall metal appears to have been lightly cleaned a long time ago leaving it with a somewhat modeled and freckled gun metal gray appearance and some residual patches of moderate pitting on the right side of the bbl. The bore is about good with scttered light pitting throughtout. There is an extra hole in the upper tang. The wood is in very nice condition with minimal handleing marks. Fits nicely where it meets the metal. The forearm has a coat of finish added.
Antique $ 2,275.
W1162 WINCHESTER 3RD MODEL 1873 MUSKET
Item # W1162
Cal 44. 30" bbl fastened with 3 bands. Front sight is a bayonet lug style and rear sight is a military ladder sight. All metal retains most blue finish with hammer and lever showing good case colors. Overall wood is in VG condition with typical handling mars and rack dings on each side.
Antique $ 6,500.
W2075 WONDERFUL CASED ENGRAVED MODEL 1873 SPECIAL ORDER EXHIBITION RIFLE
Item # W2075
Cal 44-40. This rifle was made for the Paris Exhibition in 1889. It was recently found in South America along with a similar looking gun. That one was an 1886 model with the same style engraving and the same style casing. They were found by a well known Argentina dealer; Hans Schemke. Gun comes complete with Factory Letter noting all the special order features as well as a Letter done by the late R.L. Wilson that details the features, case and accoutrements. This gun was issued the Gran Prix medal at the Paris exhibition and was the only one awarded to an American Arms maker. This medal is included as well some loading tools, cleaning rod, bore light and screwdriver. A sensational gun. Factory letter states that it is a 44-40, full round bbl, button mag, pistol grip deluxe, case hardened and engraved in $4 engraving. It was shipped the same date just before the exhibition and later returned from Paris. From there it must have went to South America because that is where it was recently found. Gun is in great condition with bright vivid original blue remaining on the bbl. Receiver is case hardened that is bright and shiny with slight toning. Engraved on one side is an elk and on the other is a dog. Typical English style engraving but not typical for Winchester. Action is as tight as new. This gun is in 189k range as were all the guns shipped over for the Paris Exhibition. There is a list of about 60 of them and they were all in that range. Some were shipped back, some were sold and some just disappeared. This is a great gun and is cased in a canvas and leather English style case with compartments. Case has been relined and is still in VG condition. A historically significant firearm. One of the best 73's I have had!
Antique $ 85,000.
W920 HIGH CONDITION WINCHESTER 1873 MUSKET
Item # W920
Standard 3rd model musket in 44 WCF caliber with 30 inch barrel and outstanding bore. This one is possibly unfired. Strong case colors on the hammer, trigger, lever and butt plate. Just a couple of small spots of pitting on the receiver, otherwise very strong original blue on all metal. Crisp action. Wood is good with light handling marks and most original varnish. Left side of stock has a small piece grafted in. This would make a fine addition to any Winchester collection.
Antique $ 6,750.
W969 WINCHESTER 1873 MUSKET
Item # W969
Cal 44-40. Overall gun is original condition. Wood has most orig varnish with numerous little ding marks from rattling against the other muskets in the shipping crate. Correct musket style buttplate. Bbl and receiver retain about 90% blue with strong case colors on the hammer and lever. Original sights. A fine little gun.
Antique $ 5,875.
W970 1873 WINCHESTER MUSKET
Item # W970
Cal 44-40. Overall gun is in fine condition with about 90% orig blue starting to tone. Nice case colors on the hammer and lever. Marked on the side plate "London Armory Jas Kerr & Co". Orig sights. Nice bore. Wood has a few minor handling dings and mars but still in VG cond. Stamped on the right side of the stock is "351 USSCO" as well as "London Armory" and "18". Original and complete with correct sling swivels and tight fitting dust cover.
Antique $ 5,750.
W504 RARE 1ST MODEL WINCHESTER 1873 MUSKET
Item # W504
This is an early 1st Model Musket made in 1876 with standard 30 inch barrel and 3 barrel bands. Only about 500 of these were mfg. Not only is it rare, it is in fine condition with most original receiver blue remaining. All barrel blue is present with slight thinning. Traces of case color remain on the hammer and lever, butt plate is mostly silvered out. Bore has good shine with deep rifling and just a few light pits. Wood is good on forearm with just the usual small dings that you would expect to see on a 140 year old gun. Stock is good with a little figure showing on the left side. There is a small hair line crack coming off the upper tang next to the screw. This musket appears to have been made from a carbine frame with the saddle ring holes plugged with screws. This musket has been over seas judging from the British proof marks on the barrel and frame. Over all this is a very fine rare old Winchester for the collectors looking to fill a hole in their collection.
Antique $ 13,750.
W1030 WINCHESTER 1873 FIRST MODEL MUSKET
Item # W1030
Cal 44-40. Orig wood has a few minor dings but generally VG+ with musket style buttplate. Orig sling swivels. Fitted with orig bayonet that is in fine condition. Mechanics are crisp and tight. Original sights and correct thumbprint dust cover. Very few of these muskets ever show up in a 1st model configuration. They were all high numbered 3rd models. I have only had about half a dozen first models. This gun displays 10-15% orig blue with the balance turned a plum coloration. Crisp tight action. Very nice specimen of a rare hard to find gun. Complete with Factory Letter.
Antique $ 7,750.
W2100 WINCHESTER 1873 RIFLE
Item # W2100
Cal 44-40. 24" oct bbl and full length mag tube. Original sights. The bore shows sharp rifling and is basically shiny and would benefit from a good cleaning. Wood is VG condition with a considerable amount of varnish remaining. Receiver and bbl retain about 35% blue with the balance turning a pleasing plum/brown color. Orig dust cover. Crisp tight action. Hard to find in a 44-40. Nice gun.
Antique $ 4,100.
W2051 WINCHESTER 1873 RIFLE
Item # W2051
Cal 38-40. 24" full round bbl and full length mag tube. Sights include a flat top sporting rear sight. Bright shiny bore. Wood is in VG condition with a few minor handling mars. Rifle style buttplate with traces of case color. Bbl and mag have about 75% blue. Receiver has about 75-80% bright blue. Correct dustcover and tight crisp action.
Antique $ 4,375.
W2083 WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 RIFLE
Item # W2083
Cal 38-40. 24" round bbl and full length mag tube. Excellent bore. Wood is in VG cond with most orig varnish. Towards the end of the stock there is some minor cracking and oil soaking at the buttplate. 98% bright blue and vivid case colors on the hammer and lever. Complete with Factory Letter stating mentioned features. An early 3rd model in 38-40 had a standard shotgun butt so that is not listed.
Antique $ 8,500.
W2082 UNUSUAL WINCHESTER DELUXE 73
Item # W2082
This gun was probably made for a child or a woman. It is a special order extra rapid taper 1/2 oct bbl 22" in length. At the muzzle it measures just under 6/10 of an inch. A normal 32-20 would probably be a little over 76/100 of an inch. Quite a bit smaller than standard and I have never seen another one like it. Correct short rifle forearm. Factory Letter states all these features including the checkered pistol grip stock with shotgun butt. I removed the buttplate to view and there are 3 large holes where they reduced weight on the stock. Factory Letter states 7-1/4 lbs hence the hollowed out stock which also measures only 12-1/4". Original Factory work. Buttplate fits perfectly. Excellent condition with most orig stock varnish on 3X grade wood. Sharp checkering. Bbl retains about 90% blue having toned very slightly. Receiver is in excellent condition with about 40% case colors that are turning from vivid to a more silver color. Crisp tight action. Orig dust cover. A very unusual gun. I haven't seen another like it and probably won't again.
Antique $ 16,500.
W768 1ST MODEL WINCHESTER 1873 RIFLE
Item # W768
4 digit serial number. 44 WCF caliber 24 inch round barrel with full mag and rifle butt. All metal has been cleaned decades ago and has turned to a flat gray patina. Mag tube has a faded blue patina. Lever has pitting throughout. Forearm wood has a deep impression on the right side. Stock has been repaired long ago and has two brass ovals with two screws each on either side of the wrist. Bore and action are both good.
Antique $ 3,150 .
W2061 VERY FINE DELUXE 1873
Item # W2061
Early 2nd model rifle. Cal 44-40. 24" oct bbl and full length mag tube. Original sights. Excellent bore. Checkered deluxe grade wood with the correct checkering style for the 2nd models. Rifle style buttplate. Overall gun is in excellent cond with about 75% bbl and mag blue toning somewhat. Correct English style proof marks at the breech. Receiver retains 80-90% bright vivid case colors with thumbprint dust cover. Very fine hard to find original little gun complete with a lengthy letter from George Madis describing all the features of this gun as well as a Cody Research Form. All orig and complete with set trigger.
Antique $ 27,500.
W752 UNIQUE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER 1873
Item # W752
Cal 44 WCF. Unique 24" half oct half round rapid taper bbl, button mag and crescent butt. Sights include dovetail front sight, sporting rear sight with elevator and Marble's tang sight. Bbl retains a good amount of blue with good markings. Receiver is mostly a grey/brown color with good traces of blue in protected areas. Overall wood is good condition with slight loss near upper tang and a small chip out by the lower tang. VG bright shiny bore with good rifling. Crisp tight action. You might never see another 1873 like it!
Antique $ 8,750.
W2053 DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SHORT RIFLE
Item # W2053
Cal 38. 20" half oct bbl and full length mag tube. Original sights. Excellent bore. Pistol grip checkered fancy stock in VG+ condition with most original varnish and a rifle style buttplate. Case hardened frame retains 30-40% thinning case colors. Bbl and mag have about 85% orig blue thinning some on the high points. Comes with special order gold trim indicated on the Factory Records on the mag retaining band, forend cap, trigger and buttplate. This gun was originally 20" 44 cal that was returned to the factory, changed to a 38 caliber half oct and gold trim added at that time. A really nice clean little gun! Comes with Factory Letter.
Antique $ 24,500.
W1149 WINCHESTER 1873 DELUXE
Item # W1149
Special order 26" half octagon bbl and button mag. 32 WCF, Orig sights. Nice functioning action. VG bore. Pistol grip checkered wood is in fine condition with a rifle stlyle buttplate. Bbl retains about 75% blue starting to tone somewhat. Case hardened receiver has a considerable amount of case colors remaining, mostly on the side plates. A clean sharp good looking gun. Complete with Factory Letter of Authenticity.
Antique $ 14,500.
W936 SPECIAL ORDER RESTORED WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 RIFLE
Item # W936
44 WCF cal. Rare special order 26 inch barrel with full mag and rifle butt. Excellent condition as refinished. Bright shiny bore. Crisp action. Nice case colors. Wood is as new. A great looking 1884 made Winchester 1873 rifle at a fraction of the cost of what this would be if it were all original!
Antique $ 9,575.
W553 3RD MODEL WINCHESTER 1873 RIFLE
Item # W553
Cal 38. 24" bbl, dovetail front sight and sporting rear sight missing elevator, correct dust cover and crescent butt. Bbl and mag tube are mostly gray/brown with traces of blue in protected areas. Receiver is a blue/brown color with areas of gray in the worn high points. Caliber marking visible on the brass elevator. Wood is overall good with usual handling mars and dents. Good bore with some scattered roughness. Action is a little sticky. This would be a great entry level 1873.
Antique $ 1,975.
W1302 WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 RIFLE
Item # W1302
Cal 44-40. Features a 24" oct bbl and full length mag tube. Beeches combination folding front sight and very scarce 7-leaf platinum lined rear sight. A VG shootable bore with well defined rifling. Wood is in good cond with some minor dings and initials on the buttstock. A chunk out of the forearm about 2" long. Rifle style butt plate. Special order sling swivels as well as set trigger. Overall metal in generally good cond is light grey color having possibly been cleaned at one time. Sharp corners. Good markings. Nice functioning action. Complete with orig set trigger and Factory Letter.
Antique $ 8,750.
W729 WINCHESTER 1873 WITH CASE COLORED RECEIVER
Item # W729
Cal 38. 24" bbl, button mag and crescent butt. Sights include Rocky Mountain front sight and buckhorn rear sight with elevator. Bbl has much of the blue remaining with just a few dings on the bottom side. All case hardened parts have a professional restoration and look very good. VG bore. Bright and shiny. Wood is in VG overall conditon with typical handling dings and mars and a high gloss finish. This is a good looking 1873!
Antique $ 8,500.
W2020 DELUXE 1ST MODEL 1873 WINCHESTER RIFLE
Item # W2020
Interesting gun being a First Model Variation 5 with the thumbprint dust cover and the trigger pin exposed as well as the later butt plate. These were found in the 28,000 - 30,000 serial range. Deluxe rifle with special features that include a 24 inch half octagon barrel with half mag chambered in 44 WCF with case hardened frame and deluxe checkered wood and a set trigger. Crisp action. Shiny bore with some scattered roughness. Barrel retains most original thinning blue with some light scratches. Hammer, lever and frame have most vivid case colors present especially in the protected areas. Forearm has re-cut checkering and a small piece filled on the left side next to the cap but still has most original varnish. Stock has re-cut checkering with traces of original varnish and has a chip by the upper tang, most likely from removing the stock numerous times. Butt plate has traces of case colors. Good looking deluxe rifle from 1878!
Antique $ 27,500.
W1590 WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 FACTORY CUTAWAY RIFLE
Item # W1590
Orig 24" full oct bbl and full length mag tube. Overall gun is elaborately cut away. A large section of bbl and frame is cut away as well as magazine tube and forearm. There are 3 section on the receiver cut away showing full view of the toggle links. The stock is also cut away showing the function of the trap door in the butt plate and the cleaning rod. Overall gun retains 85-90% orig nickel turning dull. Some bad storage pitting. Nice functioning action. This gun has no serial number which is correct for a cutaway. Correct dust cover. Clean sharp good little gun that would make an excellent addition to a Winchester 73 display.
Antique $ 18,500.
W744 RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 FACTORY CUTAWAY
Item # W744
Winchester's factory ledgers list these rare factory cutaway rifles as "skeleton" models. "The Winchester New Model of 1873: A Tribute" lists only eight known examples, and no more than a dozen are believed to have been made. This example, others known, has no serial number and is only marked with the assembly number 4207 on the left side of the lower tang. These cannot be confirmed by factory ledgers, but this example is very similar to the two confirmed examples that appear on the ledgers and are believed to have been used at the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia in 1876. Like a few of the other "skeleton" rifles, it is fully nickel plated. None of the known examples are exactly the same. On this example, the cartridge elevator and buttplate door are steel instead of brass. The design allows you to see the inside of the action, the chamber, magazine tube, and even the stock cavity. Though obviously unsafe to fire, the action remains fully functional. It has the standard address, patent, and model markings; German silver blade front sight; and an adjustable sporting rear sight. It has the Third Model style integral guide rail and dust cover with serrated rear indicating it was manufactured around or after 1882. Cutaway rifles were used by Winchester to promote their arms and educate potential buyers. They were used at exhibitions and would have also been used by company salesmen. This example may have been used at one of the World's Fair such as New Orleans in 1884 or Chicago in 1893. Most all of the original nickel plating remains. There is some brown patina on in a few areas where the finish is flaked. The stock and forearm are both fine with a few pressure dents. The oiled finish looks good. The action functions fine and is crisp, and the markings are sharp. With only a dozen or so of these incredibly rare cutaways of the ever popular Winchester Model 1873 this would be a great collectable for the advanced collector or the center piece of a '73 collection.
Antique $ 27,500.
W2014 DUAL TONE WINCHESTER 1873
Item # W2014
Cal 38-40. Orig 24" oct bbl and full length mag tube. Excellent bore. Flip up beeches combination front sight. Typical second model rifle rear sight. Thick base tang sight with a 4" staff. Very interesting gun. Gun letters as a 38-40 full oct bbl with sling swivels and a set trigger. However the gun was sent back to the factory and it received a factory inscription applied on the side plate. Side plate, buttplate and lever have been nickel trimmed. Looks perfect. Inscription reads "George W Green Pgh, PA February 21, 1883". The gun is in the 2nd model serial range at 75k. Excellent + cond. 98% bright vivid blue overall. Side plates and lever have 98% of the nickel intact and have toned to a pleasing patina. Butt plate retains 90% nickel with just a bit of flaking. Correct dust cover. Straight grained walnut stocks are in excellent cond. Very attractive interesting gun!
Antique $ 11,500.
W2016 WINCHESTER EARLY PRODUCTION 1ST MODEL 1873
Item # W2016
Cal 44-40. 24" round bbl, full length mag tube and crescent butt. Sights include dovetail front sight and sporting rear sight. Bbl and mag tube have a good amount of blue remaining. Receiver has some areas of flaking with the balance a blue/brown coloration. Good traces of case colors on hammer and lever. This early model '73 has the correct thumbprint dust cover. Wood has been freshened with some varnish and has some scattered dings and dents but is VG overall. VG bright shiny bore and crisp tight action. Complete with Factory Letter.
Antique $ 8,500.
W771 WINCHESTER 1873 MUSKET WITH BAYONET
Item # W771
Standard musket configuration with 30 inch barrel chambered in 44 WCF caliber. Bright shiny bore. Crisp action. Original sights. Sling swivels. Most all original blue remains on the barrel. Receiver also retains most of its original blue finish with some fading and streaks to the side plates. Hammer and lever as well as trigger have strong case colors. Buttplate also has bright case colors. Wood is in good condition with some light nicks and dings. Bayonet has some light oxidation. This is a very fine example of a Winchester musket.
Antique $ 5,975.
W1155 RARE SPECIAL ORDER 2ND MODEL 1873
Item # W1155
Cal 38. 22" half round half octagon bbl, half length mag tube and shotgun butt. Sights include German silver blade front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Metal is a plum/brown with traces of blue in protected areas. Good markings. VG+ bore. Bright and shiny with strong rifling. Overall wood is good with usual handling dings and mars. This 1873 is nice for being nearly 140 years old! Special order gun complete with a Winchester Factory Letter.
Antique $ 7,975.
W1154 14 INCH WINCHESTER 1873 RIFLE
Item # W1154
Original 14 inch octagon barrel with full mag chambered in 44 WCF caliber with rifle style butt. As expected these are never really found in good condition. All metal surfaces are a dull gray patina with scattered light pin prick pitting throughout. Corners of the octagons are slightly rounded. Bore is not very good. Forearm fits and looks good. Stock is a little ill fitting at the tangs. This is a very rare rifle being as the 14 inch is the shortest barrel length and in 44 WCF. Gun is featured in James Gordon's Book "Winchesters New Model Of 1873 A Tribute" on page 243. Also comes with a Factory letter.
Antique $ 16,500.
W1151 WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 DELUXE RIFLE
Item # W1151
Very scarce 24 inch half octagon matted barrel. I have only seen a few of these. Cal 38-40. Factory Letter lists the pistol grip and checkered stock. No rear dovetail for sight. Has a folding tang sight. Fairly bright shiny bore with sharp rifling. Nice functioning action. Correct dust cover. Wood is in good condition with just a few light handling mars. Rifle style buttplate. Receiver is a silvery with traces of case color in protected areas. Bbl and mag tube are mostly a gray color. Comes with Factory Letter.
Antique $ 15,500.
W788 WINCHESTER 1873 RIFLE IN 38 WCF
Item # W788
24 inch full octagon barrel chambered in 38 WCF caliber with full length mag tube and crescent style butt. Very bright shiny bore. Crisp action. Nice fire blue on the loading gate. Most all original blue remains on this rifle with a few light scratches. Some thinning or possible cleaning by the caliber marking. Good traces of case color on hammer and lever. Original sights include a German silver blade front and a sporting rear. Wood looks nice and fits well. Butt plate has silvered out. A very nice example of a classic Winchester rifle.
Antique $ 5,975.
W593 WINCHESTER 1873 RIFLE
Item # W593
38 WCF 24 inch octagon barrel with full mag and rifle butt. Bore is good with shine and light roughness throughout. Metal surfaces are a brown/gray patina. Action is good. Original sights include a blade front and sporting rear. Wood looks a little rough with dings and bruises in both forearm and stock. There is a solid repair at the wrist by upper tang. This is an early 1895 gun and it shows decades of use. This would make a good affordable example of an 1873 Winchester for the beginning collector.
Antique $ 1,975.
W1058 THIRD MODEL WINCHESTER 1873 RIFLE
Item # W1058
Cal 38 WCF. 24" round bbl, full length mag tube and crescent butt with trapdoor. Sights include a dovetail front sight and a sporting rear sight. Metal has a good amount of blue remaining with some flaking on the receiver. Hammer and lever have traces of case color. Wood is in good overall condition with the usual handling mars. Bright shiny bore with strong rifling. Correct 3rd model dust cover.
Antique $ 4,175.
W1148 WINCHESTER 34 INCH BBL MODEL 1873 RIFLE
Item # W1148
Very scarce 34" full oct bbl and full length mag tube. Of all the extra length bbls, the 34" is by far the scarcest. There is more 36" to be found than the 34" bbls. Cal 32. Nice bore. Lyman front sight, buckhorn rear sight and folding tang sight. Wood has some oil soaking but still has a cosiderable amount of orig varnish. Rifle style buttplate. Nice crisp tight action. Original dust cover. Bbl retains about 75% toning blue. Mag tube is more of a plum/brown with traces of blue. Receiver has good traces of blue turning a plum/brown. Complete with a Factory Letter of Authenticity and a nicely functioning set trigger.
Antique $ 18,500.
W2001 SPECIAL ORDER 32 INCH BBL WINCHESTER 1873 RIFLE
Item # W2001
Cal 32 WCF. Special order 32" full oct bbl with the 2 hangers and full length mag tube. Set trigger and crescent butt. Blade front sight and adjustable sporting rear sight. Metal is a blue/brown color with grey/worn areas and some pin prick pitting throughout. Wood is in good overall condition with the usual handling dings, dents and scratches. It is estimated that only 600 Model 1873's were manufactured with bbls longer than 24" making this a scarce gun.
Antique $ 4,950.
W1060 WINCHESTER 1873 3RD MODEL RIFLE
Item # W1060
Cal 32 WCF. 24" oct bbl, full length mag tube and crescent butt. Bbl and receiver have a good amount of thin fading blue. Mag tube is a replacement with a dull grey color. Sights include dovetail front sight and sporting rear sight with elevator. Wood has several handling dings and scratches with a coat of finish added. There is a plug repair to the sling swivel hole. Good bore with some light pitting towards the breech. Nice action and good bbl markings. Complete with Factory Letter.
Antique $ 2,950.
W745 WINCHESTER 1873 RIFLE IN 38 WCF
Item # W745
38 WCF 24” Oct. bbl, full mag, rifle butt and original sporting front and rear sights. All metal surfaces are mostly smooth with good deal of the original finish that is thinning and started to turn slightly brown in places. Hammer and lever have a good amount of darkening case colors visible, Wood is solid and nice fitting with a few handling marks here and there and light coat of finish added. The mechanics are smooth and tight, Bore is excellent, bright and shiny with strong rifling, This rifle has a lot of eye appeal.
Antique $ 5,775.
W06 DELUXE WINCHESTER 1873
Item # W06-27-28
Special order gun with a case colored frame. Some color does remain and the rest has aged to an antique grey patina. Bbl is also special order being half round half octagon. Nearly all blue remains and is aging. A few spots of light freckling. Standard rear sight and flip globe front sight. 32 cal. Being a deluxe it has fancy dlx wood with a checkered pistol grip stock. Wood is in VG cond. Nice fitting. One very small chip out of the left side towards the frame. Some handling marks but no cracks. Forearm is also VG overall. Bore is good to VG with strong rifling. Action is smooth and crisp. Good looking special order Winchester! Comes with Factory Letter.
Antique $ 9,500.
W1113 ATLANTA POLICE WINCHESTER MODEL 1873
Item # W1113 -27-67
44 WCF caliber 24 inch octagon barrel with full magazine. On the side plate is marked " 24 Atlanta Police". There were 125 of these and they were marked so. I haven't seen any in about 20 years and now 2 in the last couple of months. This is a very fine gun which retains about 90% overall bright blue starting to tone slightly. A plum color coming through in areas. Oct bbl and full mag. Orig sights. Crisp tight action. Orig dust cover. Fine bore. Factory sling swivels. Wood has the usual mars and dings yet still retains a considerable amount of orig varnish. A tiny crack at the toe. Rifle style butt plate. Sharp corners. Excellent cond inside and out. Complete with Factory Letter.
Antique $ 14,500.
W80 VERY FINE SPECIAL ORDER 2ND MODEL 1873 WINCHESTER RIFLE
Item # W80-27-45
Cal. 38WCF. 24" Rd. barrel with button mag. Shotgun butt. Original sights. Crisp action and a bright shiny bore. Strong blue on barrel and receiver. Some light flaking on left side plate. Strong case colors on the hammer with slightly less colors on the lever. Wood is in great shape and still proud to the metal with no cracks and most original oil finish. Butt plate still has a lot of original blue on it. This fine rifle hasn't seen a lot of use considering it is 133 years old! This gun was not used by the cowboys out on the range. More than likely it stayed out east and was ordered by someone well to do. This would look fine in any Winchester collection.
Antique $ 8,750.
W765 WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SPECIAL ORDER RIFLE
Item # W765 -27-38
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.
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