Merz Antique Firearms ~ Catalog of Old Guns and Related Items
The standard Winchester carbine barrel length is 20 inches, which is 4 inches shorter than a standard 1873 Rifle. As a result, a carbine is easier to handle and carry. Carbines have always been considered a "working man's gun." While a rifle might spend decades sitting in a corner, carbines tended to see a lot of daily use. As a result, today the average rifle is in better condition than the average carbine. Some carbines had barrels shorter than standard. Some are as short as 12 inches. These special order short barrel carbines have earned the nickname "trapper" carbines. But a short barrel alone does not make a gun a trapper. Some short barrel rifles were made as well, which are sometimes confused with trapper carbines. To identify the difference between a carbine and a rifle, look at the shape of the forearm wood and how it attaches to the barrel. The forearm wood of a carbine is attached to the barrel by a band of metal located 3-4 inches from the front of the forearm wood. The forearm on a rifle is attached by a metal cap that covers the front inch of the forearm wood.
W1066 WINCHESTER SECOND MODEL 1873 SADDLE RING CARBINE
Item # W1066
S/N 61,8XX. 44-40 cal. Nickeled receiver with about 15-20% nickel remaining, balance of metal deep brown coloration. Rifle butt. Butt-stock is solid with typical handling marks and filled hole from sling swivel mount, forearm has a crack along the front bottom back to the carbine band. Bore is fairly bright with scattered light pitting throughout and good rifling. Non-standard fixed rear sight. Elevator marked with the initials "JRS".
Antique $ 3,275.
W408 WINCHESTER 1873 2ND MODEL SRC
Item # W408
Cal 44-40. Standard configuration 1873 in 44-40. This one shows true Old West flair! All metal has a deep dark brown color with some pitted areas and wear. Sights include the bbl band integral front sight and folding single leaf rear sight. Thumb print dust cover is present as is the saddle ring.Brass buttplate is a replacement utilizing 1866 parts and is ill fitting. Wood is right in stride with a well used look and sporting several scraches, dents and chips out. These 1873's were carried and used like any other important tool in the day. They were protectors and providers. A great piece of history.
Antique $ 2,875.
W331 WINCHESTER THIRD MODEL 1873 SRC
Item # W331
Cal 32 WCF. 20" round bbl, full length mag tube and carbine butt. Sights include a bayonet stud style front sight and folding ladder rear sight. Bbl and mag tube are mostly a brown color with good traces of blue. Receiver is a faded gray with brown freckling . Overall wood is good with numerous handling dings. Missing some wood on both sides of the bottom tang. Saddle ring is present.
Antique $ 3,875.
W785 WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SRC
Item # W785
Cal 44-40. Overall gun has been completely refinished to somewhat new condition with most all refinish remaining. Action is tight and crisp. Wood is slightly undersized but still looks good and is complete with a carbine style buttplate. Dust cover and saddle ring intact. Gun has been updated with a Marble 2" long rear bbl sight. Has a fixed front sight in place of the bbl band sight. This would be a good wall hanger! It is not recommended to shoot this gun because it bulges the shell.
Antique $ 1,750.
W2068 WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SRC
Item # W2068
Cal 44-40. Sights include original front sight and correct flip up ladder rear sight. VG bore with sharp rifling and some scattered pitts. Wood is VG+ with carbine style buttplate. Just a few nicks. Correct dust cover and original saddle ring. Nice clean little gun with about 10% blue with the balance turning a plum color.
Antique $ 3,275.
W2067 1873 WINCHESTER SRC IN SCARCE 38-40
Item # W2067
20" round bbl, full length mag tube and carbine butt. Model 1873 marked ladder rear sight. Nice action. Orig dust cover. Wood shows some use but is in generally VG cond. Complete with original saddle ring.
Antique $ 3,500.
W929 VERY RARE WINCHESTER 1ST MODEL 1873 SRC WITH SABER BAYONET
Item # W929
.44 WCF 1st Model 1873 SRC with 19-1/4" round barrel, nearly full length mag tube. The front magazine/bbl band has a saber bayonet lug on the right side. Accompanied by an orig saber bayonet for this carbine that is 24-3/4″ overall length with 20″ Yaghtagn blade and 1-pc cast brass handle that has eagle head pommel and integral handguard. Scabbard is leather covered with brass throat & tip. Bayonet blade is marked on the left ricasso with a crown/”C” and right ricasso a “B”. The barrel, mag tube and receiver are all a grey/brown patina with traces of original blue in the protected areas. The bore is pretty rough with pitting throughout. The lever has some droop as well. Original sights, dust cover and saddle ring. Wood is sound with some shrinkage and the usual amount of wear. The left sideplate is marked “VERNEY & COBERT 21 PERU BUENOS AIRES”. Also comes with a copy of a Cody Firearm’s Museum letter which identifies this carbine with saber bayonet, received in warehouse Nov 13, 1876 and shipped next day with 5 other arms to order number 7570. Also copies of a page from Winchester’s New Model of 1873: A Tribute, Gordon which pictures this exact carbine & bayonet, identified by SN. Obviously part of a shipment to Argentina. It is unknown how many of these carbines were manufactured, but very few have ever surfaced. Even in this condition, this is still a very rare Winchester SRC with the saber bayonet that letters! Something that you just don't see everyday.
Antique $ 9,500.
W2065 WINCHESTER 1873 1ST MODEL SRC
Item # W2065
14k serial range. Overall metal shows an aged plum/brown coloration with good traces of blue in protected areas and sharp markings. Nice functioning action. Shiny bore with some scattered pits but nice rifling. Wood shows some use and a little deterioration around the lower buttplate but still sound and solid. Original and complete with dust cover and saddle ring.
Antique $ 6,250.
W2018 WINCHESTER 1873 SRC
Item # W2018
Cal 32 WCF. 20" round bbl, full length mag tube and carbine butt. Sights include blade front sight and folding ladder rear sight. Bbl and mag tube retain most blue that is starting to thin. Receiver has flaked and retains about half of the blue finish with some brown color in the flaked areas. Wood is quite good condition with just minor handling mars. VG+ bore and crisp action. Complete with Factory Letter.
Antique $ 8,750.
W2013 WINCHESTER 1873 SRC
Item # W2013
Cal 44-40. 20" round bbl, full length mag tube and carbine butt. Standard sights. Bbl and mag tube are a blue/brown coloration. Receiver has flaked in areas but still shows good blue. Walnut stocks have some scattered handling mars but overall good condition. VG bright shiny bore.Nice action. This is a very fine 1873!
Antique $ 9,750.
W436 WINCHESTER 1873 SRC IN .44WCF
Item # W436-27-39
The Cowboy Action gun everyone is looking for! This is an 1890 mfd. Winchester 1873 SRC in the desirable .44WCF caliber. The gun is mostly a brown color patina. The wood has a few dings and battle scars. Still solid and no cracks. Action is good. Bore is a little rough, but has good riling. There appears to be a ring in the barrel too. This would look good on the wall, take it out and shoot it if you want to take part in some Cowboy and Indian reenactments.
Antique $ 3,500.
W1602 1873 WINCHESTER SRC
Item # W1602 -27-37
SRCs in 32 cal are somewhat scarce. This is a decent example with an aged patina to the receiver with some blue showing. Bbl and mag tube have even more blue. Nice markings. Wood is VG overall. Nice fitting with no cracks or losses. Forearm is not cracked either which was a common trait of these. Bore is fair to good. Nice slick action.
Antique $ 4,500.
W685 WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SRC IN SCARCE CALIBER 32-20
Item # W685
20" carbine bbl and full length mag tube. Original wood has a few gouges in it and a small chip out of the forearm about 1" long. Other than that, it is basically sound and solid with a considerable amount of finish remaining. Complete with correct carbine style buttplate. Bbl and mag retain about 20% original blue turned plum/brown. Receiver has good traces of blue turning dark. Good markings. Sharp corners. Nice functioning action. Original ladder rear sight and blade replacement coin insert front sight. Correct dust cover and original saddle ring.
Antique $ 3,250.
W859 VERY INTERESTING WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SRC
Item # W859 -27-56
This gun appears to have been hit on the buttplate by a bullet. There is a chip out of the stock that has been replaced. Also a big chip out of the buttplate measuring about 3/4" X 1/2". A bullet is the only logical explanation. The repair was done in a crude fashion and has since aged considerably. Overall metal is an aged plum/brown patina. Some pin prick rust here and there. Traces of blue in protected areas. Dark bore would benefit from a good cleaning. Correct dust cover. Buttstock is pretty much sound except where the repair has been made. Late markings. Correct ladder rear sight. Very interesting Western type gun that I'm sure saw some action!
Antique $ 2,500.
W590 WINCHESTER 1873 SRC
Item # W590
Cal 38 WCF. 20" bbl, full length mag tube and carbine butt. Sights include carbine post front sight and folding ladder rear sight. Bbl and mag tube retain most blue. Receiver is a brown with good traces of blue in protected areas. Correct 3rd model dust cover. VG bore. Saddle ring is present. Wood is overall good condition.
Antique $ 4,775.
W805 WINCHESTER 1873 SRC IN 38 WCF
Item # W805
38 WCF cal. Standard configuration 1873 carbine with 20 inch barrel and carbine butt. All metal appears to be an artificial aged patina. Bore is bright and shiny. Wood has been lightly sanded and has a coat of oil applied. Some chips around the bottom tang and a little shy around the upper tang. Original sights include a post front and ladder rear. Action needs some adjustment, as the safety notch doesn't work. A decent looking Winchester carbine from 1888 for not a lot of money.
Antique $ 2,975.
W934 VERY RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SRC WITH BAYONET
Item # W934
.44 WCF Standard Second Model 1873 SRC with the very rare half magazine! Accompanied by an orig Winchester socket bayonet that has 18-1/2″ tapered triangle blade and is finished bright. This bayonet will fit this carbine but will not fit a standard carbine. These carbines were mostly sold into South America. 20" round barrel that is mostly a brown patina with a VG bore. Receiver has smooth metal with a mostly plum/brown color to it. Original sights, saddle ring and dust cover. Crisp action. Wood is in good shape having been freshened a long time ago. Also included is a 3 piece cleaning rod in the butt stock. A very hard to find half mag SRC complete with socket bayonet and cleaning rod! This collectable Winchester was made in 1881. You just might need this one to complete your carbine collection.
Antique $ 7,500.
W351 44 CAL WINCHESTER 1873 SRC
Item # W351-27-57
The caliber that everyone wants, 44-40. This gun has seen quite a bit of Western use. Mostly a grey/brown color on the metal. Dings and scratches, pitting on the bbl. The bbl address is very readable. Receiver has relatively smooth metal with a medium brown patina on it. The dust cover rail has been cut. For use of another sight? If they did use it for this, they would have to take the dust cover off. Three leaf flip sight on the bbl. Bore is about what a person would expect, decent rifling, roughness pretty much throughout. A couple spots of pitting. Overall good bore. Wood blends together as being about the same condition as the rest of the gun. Typical light crack coming off the forearm wood, dings, gouges, scratches etc but fit is pretty good. Old gun has seen some use but its still a good old Winchester.
Antique $ 3,500.
W15 WINCHESTER 1873 SRC
Item # W15-27-30
Desirable 44 cal. Most finish is an aged brown/grey. Some pitting to the side plate, receiver and bbl. This was a working man's gun and it shows. Has had quite a bit of use. Still functions rather well. Bore is fair to good. Decent rifling, a few spots of pitting and some roughness. Could use a good cleaning. Buttplate is relatively good cond but a bit ill fitting towards the top. Forearm is in relatively good cond. Does have a small crack coming from the front. Bottom tang screw is a replacement. This 73 has that "Old West" look.
Antique $ 2,875 .