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.
W260 EXCEPTIONAL WINCHESTER 1873 1ST MODEL
Item # W260
This is not only a 1st model but it is a special order 1st model 1873! Case colored frame, 2X dlx wood with checkering, short mag tube, oct bbl and set trigger. All these special order features plus very high condition! Nearly all bbl blue remains. Light wear to the octagons, a little at the muzzle and a couple of light handling marks. That's about it. The case colored frame has most color remaining fading somewhat. Some vivid color in protected areas. Hammer and lever also have good case. The buttplate still has visible case colors which is almost unseen. This gun has very little use as even the loading gate has just about all the bright factory blue and hardly any marks from loading cartridges. The bore is just as nice as the rest of the gun! This has the orig short style rear sight with the flat step elevator and German Silver front sight. Inside the buttplate trapdoor is the orig cleaning rod. This fine gun comes with a Winchester Letter.
Antique $ 34,500.
W261 EXCEPTIONAL WINCHESTER CASE COLORED 1873 DELUXE
Item # W261
This is a very special order 2nd model 1873 in 44 cal. Beautiful case colored frame. On the left hand side plate is the initials "RS" which was done at the factory as stated in the Winchester Letter. Case colors are nearly all present with just some light fading and only slight wear at the carry point. Half oct half round bbl equipped with a globe front and standard rear sight. Has the early Lyman #1 tang sight. Bore is VG to VG+. Strong rifling and shiny bore. Light roughness in the grooves. Beautiful deluxe wood with the sunburst grain. Checkered stock. Wood and checkering are VG with just the normal handling marks. Beautiful very special Winchester 1873!
Antique $ 31,500.
W264 WINCHESTER 1873 RIFLE
Item # W264
Special order features include oct bbl and button mag. There is quite a rare sight which I haven't seen very often. It is a non-flipping brass globe front sight with post. Rear sight is standard and there is a Marble tang sight. Cal 38. A somewhat early 73 in the 190k serial range. This is a good looking gun that shows it's age but was well cared for. There is a blue/brown color on the bbl. The receiver is mostly a pleasing brown with blue peeking out in protected areas. Wood is nice fitting but has a large gouge on the right side in the comb area. A coat of some sort of old style shellac was added years ago. Forearm is nice with no cracks or losses. Good to VG bore with strong rifling and light roughness. Nice action. Original dust cover.
Antique $ 3,975.
W265 WINCHESTER 1873 IN 32 CAL
Item # W265
24 inch octagon barrel with half mag and a rifle style butt. Good fitting wood with no cracks. Rifle has about 75% toning blue on the right side, and 50% on the left side. Barrel blue pretty much matches the receiver. Traces of case colors on the lever. Nice shiny bore. 32 WCF caliber. Gun was made in 1882. A decent example of an early Winchester.
Antique $ 4,100.
W272A EXCEPTIONAL WINCHESTER 1873 MUSKET
Item # W272A
This is the finest '73 Musket I have seen yet! Very fine overall condition. Most of the muskets you see now days have the bluing on the receivers flaking off and light dings in the wood from shipping, not this one. 30 inch barrel has over 95% bright blue as does the receiver. Lever and hammer have a lot of case colors remaining as does the butt plate. Bore is bright and shiny. Wood shows very little wear, this gun wasn't used much, if at all. A real closet queen! This fine musket is as nice on the inside as it is on the outside. 44 WCF caliber. If you are looking for a high condition 1873 Musket for your collection... look no further!
Antique $ 7,950.
W13 RARE WINCHESTER 1873 SHORT RIFLE
Item # W13-26-41
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.
W210A 1873 WINCHESTER FRAME AND BARREL
Item # W210A
Not a complete gun. A stripped down frame with all parts removed. 44 cal . Octagon bbl and a mag tube. Frame is a medium brown color with light pin prick pitting in places but overall good metal cond. Bbl is orig 24" and has front sight but no rear sight. Bore is fair to good. A few light pits and some roughness. Good rifling. A good project if you have a bunch of 73 parts.
Antique $ 795.
W208 VERY RARE WINCHESTER 1873 SHORT RIFLE
Item # W208
A 14" oct bbl in 44 cal. As with most short rifles or trappers, this one has seen some use. The receiver is a pleasing chocolate brown color with old pitting that is in-bedded into the finish. That part actually looks pretty good. The dust cover is missing. A lot of wear to the bbl. The edges of the octagons are even rounded somewhat. There is a replacement Marbles rear sight and standard German silver front sight. The mag tube is full length. A newer screw is at the end of the mag tube. There was some work done under the mag tube on the bbl. The hanger is there in the dove tail. This gun does have the correct short forearm wood. Buttstock is a bit rough but I have seen worse. Action works well. Bore is fair to good. The rarity factor certainly applies with this gun. ATF papers included.
Antique $ 8,500.
W206 EXTREMELY RARE 1873 SHORT RIFLE
Item # W206
14" oct bbl in 44 cal. Has the correct short forearm wood. Gun blends well in condition having a deep brown patina over all of the metal. Wood is also dark and somewhat oil soaked giving it a very nice look. No dust cover. Comes with a Winchester letter and ATF clearance papers.
Antique $ 12,750.
W207 VERY RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 14” SHORT RIFLE
Item # W207-26-55
Cal 32. 14" oct bbl which is confirmed with both Winchester and ATF letters. Most short rifles and trappers get used quite hard. This one is probably a bit better than most. All metal is a brown patina with some pitting along the forearm. Orig ladder sight with one ear broken off and missing the slider. Orig German silver front sight. Gun also has a dust cover. The wood is surprisingly a little better than normal. Buttstock is missing a chip on the left side. The usual gouges scratches and dings. Also a couple of letters on the right side that I can't make out what they are. Forearm is the short wood variety and in pretty good shape. One slight hairline crack coming off the front cap and numerous dings and scratches. You aren't buying this gun because it is a beauty queen but because it is very very rare!
Antique $ 17,500.
W153 SECOND MODEL WINCHESTER 1873
Item # W153 -26-45
44 cal with oct bbl, full length mag and crescent buttplate. This second model also has a set trigger that works. 71k serial range. Still retains about 50% thinning blue. Nice smooth metal with clean markings. Orig German silver front sight. Rear sight is orig also with a later sight elevator. Bore has got some good rifling with typical light roughness. Receiver has a worn appearance but does still retain some blue. The balance is an aged color. The wood is in good cond. Good fitting. It does have some "Cowboy" stock engraving done. Complete with orig dust cover. A decent looking old 1873!
Antique $ 3,500.
W136 WINCHESTER 1873 ATLANTA POLICE RIFLE
Item # W136 -26-52
This rifle has all the good stuff; 44 cal, oct bbl, full mag and crescent butt! Then add the novelty of being an Atlanta Police gun. Left hand side plate has "124" and "Atlanta Police" inscribed on it. Things must have been pretty quiet in the Atlanta area in the 1890's as this gun has not seen a lot of use. A nice high condition rifle with most blue remaining and aging some. Very nice on both bbl and receiver. Bore is VG+ and may very well hit excellent with a light cleaning. Orig sights. Dust cover is present. Everything on this gun is nice, tight and solid. Comes with Cody Research Form.
Antique $ 7,650 .
W169 WINCHESTER 1873 2ND MODEL
Item # W169-26-42
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 # W1203-26-39
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.
W179 HIGH CONDITION 1873 WINCHESTER
Item # W179-26-29
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.
W15 WINCHESTER 1873 SRC
Item # W15-26-20
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.
W23 BEAUTIFUL 1873 MUSKET
Item # W23 -26-38
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 sale pending.
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 # W80-26-36
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.
W71 1873 WINCHESTER WITH LOTS OF “CUSTOM” WORK
Item # W71 -26-37
This old Winchester has seen better days, but long ago someone decided to make some improvements and customize it to a truly unique carbine. Bore is surprisingly good. Barrel has been shortened to 19-1/2". Mag tube has also been shortened. Front sight has a plug in it. Replaced rear sight. Saddle ring has been removed and holes plugged. Wood has been replaced and has a 2 piece stock with checkering. Butt plate bent to form with wood. 38 WCF cal. Light brownish patina. "MISSION INDIAN FEDERATION POLICE" badge nicely fitted in stock. Mission Indian Federation was active from 1919-1965.
Antique $ 2,100.
W1472 WINCHESTER 1873 DELUXE ENGRAVED LIKE A 1 OF 1,000 PRESENTATION RIFLE
Item # W1472-26-59
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 # W1590-26-51
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.
W1602 1873 WINCHESTER SRC
Item # W1602 -26-22
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.
W1476 WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 RIFLE
Item # W1476 -26-61
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.
W1302 WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 RIFLE
Item # W1302 -26-43
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.
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 -26-58
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.
W685 WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SRC IN SCARCE CALIBER 32-20
Item # W685-26-31
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.
W1204 WINCHESTER 1873 22 CALIBER
Item # W1204 -26-25
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 -26-60
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 # W1115-26-47
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.
WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 MUSKET
Item # 8713-26-54
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 .
W1131 WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 MUSKET
Item # W1131 -26-50
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 -26-53
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 -26-57
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.
W859 VERY INTERESTING WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SRC
Item # W859 -26-56
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.
W681 WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 44 SRC
Item # W681-26-64
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.
W765 WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SPECIAL ORDER RIFLE
Item # W765 -26-30
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.