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.
W170 WINCHESTER 1873 OCTAGON BARRELED RIFLE
Item # W170
Cal 32 WCF. Nice aged brown patina on most metal. There are some dings, scratches and vise marks on the bbl. The rest of the metal is nice with very nice bbl markings including bbl address and caliber. Orig German silver front sight and replacement rear sight. It does have a dust cover that matches the rest of the gun. Pretty good clean metal on the receiver. The wood matches the rest of the gun in cond. Some dings and handling marks. Forearm is dark and oil stained with one light chip out towards the frame. Also some shrinkage towards the cap. Bore is fair to good. There is nothing that great about this rifle but also nothing that bad. This is a very good entry level 1873 for a fair price.
Antique $ 1,075 sale pending.
W169 WINCHESTER 1873 2ND MODEL
Item # W169
Semi deluxe rifle with case colored frame, set trigger, checkered stocks and button mag. A lot of special order features on this gun. It is a straight stock with crescent buttplate. Early second model in the 31k serial range. Cal 44. Nice blue remaining on the bbl with an antique patina. Sharp oct edges. Inside the bore is VG also. Frame is case colored. Most case colors have gone to the antique grey/brown color. Still case colors remain on the hammer and the lever. Wood is VG cond. All checkering still there. Worn slightly from age but still nice. Good fitting. No visible cracks and no losses. A very nice Winchester that comes with a Factory Letter.
Antique $ 14,500.
W1203 WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 RIFLE
Item # W1203
Scarce cal 22 long. 24" full oct bbl and full length mag tube. Orig sights. Dark bore. Wood in VG cond with rifle style butt plate. Overall metal is in fine cond with about 30-40% orig blue toning and turning a plum color. Nice clean gun with sharp corners and good markings. Crisp action. Correct dust cover. I understand there was only 5-6 thousand of the 22 cal 73's made n 22 long.
Antique $ 4,950.
W188 WINCHESTER 1873 SHORT RIFLE IN 44 CALIBER
Item # W188
A beautifully done professional restoration. This gun looks like it would have if you had walked into a dry goods store over 100 years ago! Excellent work was done with stunning case colors on the hammer and lever. The wood and metal all look fabulous. This gun comes with a Winchester Letter that states it is a 16" short rifle. If you want a show piece this is the one for you. Absolutely beautiful!
Antique $ 7,750.
W179 HIGH CONDITION 1873 WINCHESTER
Item # W179
Oct bbl in 44 cal. Crescent buttplate. All those desirable features that everyone is looking for in an 1873! Nice cond gun with 70% blue on the receiver. Couple of spots lightly cleaned. The bbl also has nice blue with a spot of light cleaning towards the front sight. There is also a couple little dings between the bbl address and the rear sight. This gun has a beautiful bore. Wood matches the cond of the rest of the gun being very nice. A couple of use marks but clean solid nice wood.
Antique $ 7,500.
WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 DELUXE RIFLE IN .44-40
Item # 7203-24-18
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.
W13 RARE WINCHESTER 1873 SHORT RIFLE
Item # W13
Rare 73 rifle with a 22" oct bbl and rifle butt. This is a 2nd model in 38 cal and they nearly always had a standard shotgun butt. This one is equipped with a crescent rifle butt. Serial range is 60k. This rifle shows it's age but has aged gracefully with mostly a turning patina. Some pin pricking on the metal. A couple of spots of light pitting. This is equipped with the early Winchester rear sight and standard German silver front sight. Bore is good but not great. Overall wood cond is good to VG. A light chip missing on the upper tang. A couple other dings and minor losses. This gun is old and looks old but does have decent eye appeal. If you want a rare 73 to add to your collection this would be a good one to have. Comes with a Research Form.
Antique $ 2,650.
W23 BEAUTIFUL 1873 MUSKET
Item # W23
This fine Winchester musket comes in 44 cal. It has hardly seen any use! Bore is near perfect. Nearly all bbl blue remains. A couple very light scratches. Receiver also has nearly all 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 orig cleaning rod in the butt. Wood matches gun cond 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.
W6 DELUXE WINCHESTER 1873
Item # W6
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!
Antique $ 9,500.
W80 VERY FINE SPECIAL ORDER 2ND MODEL 1873 WINCHESTER RIFLE
Item # W80
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.
W135 WINCHESTER 1873 MUSKET
Item # W135
Cal 44. Standard musket configuration with 30" bbl having very good blue. A couple of light wear spots and light freckling. Inside is a VG bore. Receiver has most blue remaining. Some light marks and scratches. The left side has a little more wear but still retains 70%+ blue. Buttstock is nice fitting and in overall VG cond. Numerous dings and dents but no missing chunks. Very nice case colors on hammer and lever. Muskets didn't receive the wear and tear that the carbines did and this is a good example.
Antique $ 4,750.
W1472 WINCHESTER 1873 DELUXE ENGRAVED LIKE A 1 OF 1,000 PRESENTATION RIFLE
Item # W1472-25-53
26" full oct bbl. Features engraving like a 1 of 1,000 with platinum bbl bands front and rear. Beeches combination folding globe sight and a folding rear 1873 marked sight. Full length mag tube. Fancy deluxe pistol grip wood retains most orig high gloss lacquer finish. Nice checkering. Rifle style butt plate. Engraved on the receiver is "G Loomis San Fransisco". Loomis was the first President of the Pacific Coast Oil Company which later became Chevron Texaco. This gun also features a single set trigger. Mechanics are excellent. Nice tight and crisp with correct dust cover. Bbl and mag retain 50-60% blue starting to tone. Receiver has about 25% case colors turning dim. Clean little gun complete with Factory Letter.
Antique $ 37,500.
W1590 WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 FACTORY CUTAWAY RIFLE
Item # W1590-25-29
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.
W1611 WINCHESTER 1873 RIFLE
Item # W1611 -25-20
Cal 32. An export gun with the proof marks. It has been totally refinished. Looks like they started with a heavily pitted gun and blued over the roughness. Receiver looks fair. Bbl has a strange color to it. Shotgun butt is in relatively good cond. Fits well and doesn't look too bad. Forearm likewise. Both have had a coat of varnish added. This gun has a few faults but it is a Winchester 73 and very affordable.
Antique $ 1,195.
W1474 SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER 1873 RIFLE
Item # W1474 -25-32
Beeches front sight and typical buckhorn rear sight. Excellent bore. 24" full oct bbl. Full length mag tube. Special order case colored frame. Wood is fancy deluxe uncheckered straight stock with rifle style buttplate. Overall gun is nice and clean with about 75-80% bbl and mag blue. Receiver has about 30-40% thinning case colors. Wood has most orig high gloss lacquer and is in excellent cond. Complete with special order sling swivels. Complete with Factory Letter.
Antique $ 12,750 sale pending.
W1475 WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 DELUXE RIFLE
Item # W1475-25-25
Cal 44-40. Orig 24" full oct bbl with a scarce button mag. Orig sights. Excellent bore. Pistol grip checkered wood is in fine cond with most orig varnish and a rifle style buttplate. Bbl retains about 90% somewhat thinning blue. Receiver has 10% traces of case color in the protected areas with the balance turning modelly silver case color appearance. All orig and complete with a Factory Letter.
Antique $ 13,500 sale pending.
W1610 INTERESTING WINCHESTER 1873
Item # W1610 -25-26
On the side plate is marked "R B Rodda and Co London and Calcutta". This gun was exported to London and does have London proofs on it. Cal 44. There is also some marking on the bbl underneath the sight but I don't know what language it is. Certainly not English. Early gun at just over 100k. Still has the early style rear sight and standard German silver front. Equipped with a round bbl, full length mag tube and crescent buttplate. Some blue remaining on the receiver but quite a bit is worn off. The bbl is some blue some brown and some grey. Overall metal cond is quite good. Dust cover is present. Nice bright shiny bore but has a ring about 8" from muzzle. Buttstock is in relatively good shape. Forearm shows quite a bit of use. Everybody loved Winchesters in the early days. A lot of 73s and later on the big bores went over to Europe. This one made its way back home. I could only imagine the stories If only it could talk
Antique $ 2,775.
W1476 WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 RIFLE
Item # W1476 -25-31
With the rarely encountered 24" full oct bull bbl measuring over 1" at muzzle. Full length mag tube. Orig wood in VG cond with most orig varnish and rifle style buttplate. Sights include a folding ladder rear sight which is marked 76. Typical Winchester set front sight. High base knurled staff folding tang sight. Fine bore. Crisp tight action. Orig dust cover. Overall gun is very nice with about 40% orig blue thinning in spots. All orig and complete with a Cody research form.
Antique $ 13,500.
W1523 WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 RIFLE
Item # W1523 -25-22
Cal 38-40. 24" round bbl and full length mag tube. Lyman front sight. Dovetail slot is filled on the rear of the bbl. Marbles tang sight. Wood shows some mars and dings and is not sanded or undersized. Rifle style buttplate. Overall metal is VG with about 40-45% orig blue showing some use and thinning. Crisp tight action. Orig dust cover.
Antique $ 3,950.
W1302 WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 RIFLE
Item # W1302 -25-28
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.
W1609 VERY INTERESTING WINCHESTER MUSKET
Item # W1609 -25-51
This musket has "London Armory Curren Company" on the side plate. Also several markings on the right side of the stock including the Curren company and their address Queen Victoria London. There is also some rack marks. I do not know what they were for. Also in large letters " U S S CO" and a couple of numbers. This was some sort of a rack gun for some security outfit or facility. It has the normal British proof marks. Gun is VG with good bbl blue. Some light freckling at the muzzle. Light pin pricking in spots. Receiver has 90%+ aging blue. Some scratches and mars. A lot of these company rack guns didn't get a lot of use and this one didn't. Nice tight action and excellent bore. High condition interesting 73 musket!
Antique $ 4,750.
W694a 1873 WINCHESTER SHORT RIFLE
Item # W694a
This rare 16" Short Rifle looks as though it has had a very rough life. Maybe dragged behind a truck? The bore also looks like 16" of gravel road! The metal on the frame is a little pitted. The wood is rough. Dust cover is a replacement. Butt plate is loose.The gun letters as a carbine. A lot of short rifles and carbines went to South America. Most likely came back across the border in pieces with a batch of other guns. When they were reassembled, someone wasn't paying attention. 44 WCF. 16" OBFM. If you are looking for an old Winchester with a story to tell, this is the wall hanger for you.
Antique $ 3,875.
W675 SCARCE 73 WINCHESTER
Item # W675 -25-49
Cal 32. Original 32" full round bbl with full length mag tube. This gun features the 2 bbl band hanging rings which all 32" guns have. Original nicely figured shotgun style buttplate with correct original hard rubber. Scarce on a 73. I have only seen a few of these. This gun is in the 460,XXX serial range. Original sights. VG bore would benefit from a good cleaning. Overall metal is VG with 25% original blue turning plum/brown patina. Good markings. No signs of abuse.
Antique $ 10,750.
W1204 WINCHESTER 1873 22 CALIBER
Item # W1204 -25-44
Cal 22 long. This rifle has a oct bbl and crescent butt. Very nice metal with an antique plum color. Light freking on parts of the bbl. Even color throughout. Bore is a bit dirty but should clean up. Wood is VG+ cond. Nice fitting. A few light handling marks and that is about it. A fine example of a scarce gun.
Antique $ 4,500.
W1113 WINCHESTER MODEL 1873
Item # W1113 -25-36
On the side plate is marked " 24 Atlanta Police". There were some over 100 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.
W1115 WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 RIFLE
Item # W1115-25-21
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 -25-45
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 sale pending.
WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 MUSKET
Item # 8713-25-52
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 # 8391-24-52
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 some handling mars. Hard to improve upon.
Antique $ 75,000 .
W1131 WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 MUSKET
Item # W1131 -25-47
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.
W1201 22 CALIBER WINCHESTER 1873
Item # W1201 -25-35
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 -25-40
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.
WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SPECIAL ORDER RIFLE
Item # W765 -25-39
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.
BEAUTIFUL WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 DELUXE PISTOL GRIP CHECKERED RIFLE
Item # W611 -24-53
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.