Merz Antique Firearms ~ Catalog of Old Guns and Related Items
Approximately 750,000 Winchester Model 1873 guns were manufactured, starting in 1873. They were introduced alongside Winchester's new .44-40 caliber ammunition. This new centerfire round was more powerful than Winchester's earlier .44 rimfire round. As a result, the brass frame of the Model 1866 was upgraded to a stronger steel frame. The '73 was available in a rifle, carbine or musket configuration. Dozens of variations were available, which makes the Winchester '73 a fun gun to collect. The production is broken into three main categories: first, second and third model. Of the three models, production of the Third Model greatly outnumbers First and Second Models. One thing that makes collecting Winchester guns interesting is that variations tend to be introduced over a transitional period, rather than at a specific start and stop date. The way to identify the various models relates to how the dustcover is attached, and the arrangement of screws behind the trigger. The earliest Winchester '73's had no caliber marking, because initially they all used .44-40 ammo, also known as .44 WCF. As other calibers were introduced later, it became necessary to mark the caliber on all guns. The 73 rifle was eventually available in .44, .38 and .32 calibers. A few were also made in .22 caliber, however, the mechanism of the Model 1890 Winchester proved to be more reliable for handling the small .22 caliber rounds.
WINCHESTER’S NEW MODEL OF 1873 - A TRIBUTE
Item # 4B
by James D. Gordon. Two volumes, 700 pages, large 11 x 14" format; 600 photos. These sets are getting scarce! Only 1,000 numbered copies were printed! A very comprehensive work, already selling for much more at used bookshops. This is often called the "Bible" for the Winchester 1873. Published in 1997. Sold Out years ago.
W1253 FIRST MODEL WINCHESTER 1873
Item # W1253
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
W953 1873 SRC 44 CALIBER WINCHESTER
Item # W953-23-207
Nice saddle ring carbine in the 210k serial range. Nice smooth metal on the receiver and bbl. All markings are VG. The color is a silver/grey. Appears that someone has cleaned at sometime. Some blue remains in protected area. Equipped with the carbine 1873 marked ladder sight and the standard front sight. Orig dust cover. Nice action. Good bore with strong rifling. Wood on this gun is very nice fitting to upper and lower tang as well as the buttplate. Numerous use marks but overall good condition. A light crack coming off the upper tang. Forearm wood is also full fitting and in nice cond with the typical carbine crack coming off the front of the forearm wood and running up to the bbl band. This is very nice carbine that would make a great cowboy action gun! Solid and tight 1873!
Antique $ 4,100.
W1067 SPECIAL ORDER CASE COLORED 1873 WINCHESTER
Item # W1067-23-197
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
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
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
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
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
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.
W859 VERY INTERESTING WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SRC
Item # W859 -23-185
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.
WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SRC
Item # W603 -23-200
Cal 44-40. Original sights and a mint bore. Overall gun is probably the finest 73 I have ever personally owned. 98%+ bright lustrous blue overall. Correct dust cover. Wood is excellent+ with only a couple very minor handling mars. Carbine style buttplate retains about 75% of case colors. Hammer and lever show nearly all vivid case colors. A couple of tiny scratches on the right hand side of the receiver. Other than that it is nearly as new condition. Excellent+ inside and out!
Antique $ 31,000.
W681 WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 44 SRC
Item # W681-23-175
Nice action with a fair to good bore. Bad new on this gun is that it has had some use and abuse. All the metal has been painted a flat black. Stock is some kind of a modified stock but it does fit quite well. Also it has seen some modifications and is rather short on the top. Saddle ring is present. Dust cover is missing. If you ever wanted a 73 44 SRC for not a lot of money, this is it.
Antique $ 1,795.
WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SPECIAL ORDER RIFLE
Item # W765 -23-194
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
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
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 SRC IN SCARCE CALIBER 32-20
Item # W685-21-29
20" carbine bbl and full length mag tube. Original wood has a few GAUGEs 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.
SCARCE 73 WINCHESTER
Item # W675 -21-33
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.
W586 WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 RIFLE
Item # W586 -23-210
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
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
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.
73 SRC IN CALIBER 32-20
Item # W209-23-191
Good markings. Good functioning action with correct dust cover. 73 marked folding combination carbine rear sight. Original wood consists of a rifle style buttplate which I believe is correct to the gun and original forearm which has been shortened about 1" . Overall gun looks pretty good with a clean plum/blue/brown patina coloration. Good functioning action. Scarce gun!
Antique $ 2,575.
WINCHESTER MODEL 73 SRC IN SCARCE 32-20 CALIBER
Item # W208-23-187
Fair bore. Original sights include correct front sights and period replacement rear sight. Nice functioning action with correct dust cover. Overall metal has an aged reblue finish which looks VG with fairly good markings. Replaced buttstock is of the period and has a carbine style buttplate. Correct saddle ring. Shows some use and abuse but still a fairly scarce gun. Looks good on the wall.
Antique $ 2,250.