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 MODEL 1873 DELUXE RIFLE IN .44-40
Item # 7203
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
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
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.
W734 WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 RIFLE
Item # W734
Cal 32-20. Special order 26" full oct bbl and full length mag tube. Orig sights. Dark bore that could possibly clean up. Wood has been lightly cleaned but is not sanded or undersized. Has some oil soaking with a few minor repaired cracks in the forearm. Rifle style buttplate. Overall metal retains about 15% orig blue with the balance turned a plum brown patina. Excl markings. Crisp tight action. Orig dust cover. Gun appears to have been in a vise at one time with a few minor vise marks on the bbl. Probably done by an old time gunsmith. Not a bad looking gun.
Antique $ 1,475 sale pending.
W767 1RST MODEL 1873 RIFLE
Item # W767-22-42
Cal 44-40. 28" full oct bbl and full length mag tube. Bore looks about good and would benefit from a good cleaning. Appears to have a Freund rear sight with a blade insert front sight. Orig wood has an age crack coming back from the upper tang. Other than that the stock is in VG condition showing some minor saddle wear and a rifle style buttplate. Overall metal retains 35-40% orig blue turning pleasing plum/brown patina. Crisp tight action, special order trigger and Factory Letter. Correct dust cover and 6,700 serial range.
Antique $ 4,975.
WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SPECIAL ORDER OCTAGON BARREL RIFLE
Item # 4223-21-62
24" full oct bbl and scarce button magazine. 32 cal. Overall metal on this gun has been completely re-finished and all corners are crisp and sharp with good markings. Correct dust cover. Some pin prick pitting visible on the side plates. Nice functioning action. Wood retains a fair amount of original varnish complete with a rifle style buttplate. Full coverage checkering on forearm. Original sights. Not a bad looking gun with only a couple of minor blemishes where someone may have had it in a vise. Very minor. Complete with correct dust cover.
Antique $ 1,775.
W685A WINCHESTER 1873 2ND MODEL SRC
Item # W685A-22-93
44 cal. That sounds very good don't it. That is about all it has going for it. Well used and abused gun. There is some mismatched parts on it. The elevator is from a 38. The metal is rough, pitted and cleaned. Dust cover missing. Action kind of works. Replacement rear sight. Poor fitting wood. But I really don't believe you are going to find a 73 2nd model saddle ring any cheaper! An entry level gun with lots of warts.
Antique $ 875.
WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SADDLERING CARBINE
Item # TN101
44 WCF. Standard configuration carbine built in 1889. Mostly a gray brownish patina, nice smooth metal, all markings very legible, shiny bore, good riflings, a little roughness. Wood in good cond although it has been lightly freshened and is a little shy at the upper tang, orig rear ladder sight. This is a desirable carbine in 44. Complete with Factory Letter.
Antique $ 2750 sale pending.
W674A SPECIAL ORDERED LONG BARRELED 1873 WINCHESTER
Item # W674A-22-94
This rifle features a 28" oct bbl and full length mag tube. Rifle style buttplate. Cal 38 WCF. Metal condition is a medium brown. Bbl has some blue remaining but mostly has turned. It appears that someone has taken off the front tube hanger causing some damage to the dovetail. Mag tube is solid. The buttsock is a very deep brown. Someone put a coat of dark stain and varnished over it. Slightly undersized. Forearm has had the same treatment. It has the normal crack off the forend cap. Wood is present. Replacement dust cover. Action is nice. Not the finest example but a very neat gun with the long bbl.
Antique $ 1,695 sale pending.
W681 WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 44 SRC
Item # W681-22-105
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 -22-78
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-22-33
Cal 44-40. Action still functions fairly good. Dark bore. 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 30" 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 -21-1
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.
WINCHESTER 1873 OCTAGON BARREL RIFLE
Item # W118 -21-52
Cal 38. Full length mag tube. Crescent buttplate. Mostly a brownish grey appearance on both receiver and bbl. Some vise marks on the bbl. Receiver has a non original ugly screw holding the side plate on the left side. Wood is relatively good on this gun with one chip out on the upper left corner of the forearm. Bore is fair to good. May clean up. Missing dust cover. Action works good.
Antique $ 1,395.
WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 RIFLE
Item # W586 -21-20
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.
THIRD MODEL WINCHESTER 1873 DELUXE PISTOL GRIP RIFLE
Item # W633 -22-80
Cal 38-40. VG+ shootable bore. Original sights. Original 24" full oct bbl and full length mag tube. 3X grade wood is VG+ with basically sharp checkering and a rifle style buttplate. Bbl retains about 75% toning blue and mag tube is mostly a plum patina with traces of blue. Receiver retains about 20% case colors in protected areas. Original dust cover. Excellent functioning action. Basically a clean all original gun.
Antique $ 12,500.
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 73 THIRD MODEL SRC
Item # W521 -21-41
Cal 38-40 with special order full nickel finish. VG bore with only a few light pits. Original sights. Original wood is in excellent condition with minimal light handling mars. Overall metal is smooth and clean with about 10-15% traces of original nickel. The balance is turning a very pleasing plum/brown coloration. Correct dust cover and saddle ring. No pits or signs of rust. Fairly clean all original carbine with Factory Letter.
Antique $ 4,100.
WINCHESTER 1873 LATE 3RD MODEL 38 CALIBER RIFLE
Item # W404 -21-37
24" full round bbl and full length mag tube. Gun has been used very little. Has most original stock varnish intact with a rifle style buttplate. Mechanical condition is excellent. Crisp and tight. Correct dust cover. Original sights. The third model fourth variation is a scarce variation of the Winchester 73. These guns had no case colored parts. Hammer, lever, buttplate and everything was blued. Considered kind of a parts clean up gun. 715XXX serial range in the last year of production. Bbl and mag retain 95%+ blue. Receiver retains about 94% blue with traces of brown starting to appear. Crisp corners. An un-touched gun.
Antique $ 6,500.
WINCHESTER EARLY FIRST MODEL 73 RAISED THUMBPRINT DUST COVER RIFLE
Item # W405 -22-83
24" full round bbl and full length mag tube. Fine bore. Original sights include the early first model rear sight, correct front sight and folding tang sight which I am positive has been on the gun since day one. This gun represents one of the finer specimens of this model. 95% bright receiver blue and 90% slightly toning bbl and mag blue. Original wood is excellent with very few handling mars. Most original lacquer remains. Rifle style buttplate has case colors that have turned a silvery coloration. Vivid case colors on the hammer and lever. Correct thumbprint dust cover. Mechanical condition is excellent. This gun has seen very little use and would be hard to improve upon. Beautiful gun!
Antique $ 31,500 sale pending.
WINCHESTER 1ST MODEL 1873 RIFLE
Item # W123-21-47
Features the early raised thumbprint dust cover. Correct early markings. Serial number in the 600 digit range. Overall gun has been completely re-blued at one time and it looks pretty good with sharp corners. Fine functioning action. VG bore that would benefit from a good cleaning. Wood is generally very good with a small sliver missing on right hand side of the forearm about 3" long and 1/8" deep. Other than that it looks pretty good. Reasonably crisp action. Guaranteed all original and listed in the Jim Gordon book "SURVEY OF WINCHESTER 1873's" .
Antique $ 4,500 .
44 CALIBER WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 RIFLE
Item # 4225-21-64
Cal 44-40. Full round bbl and full length magazine tube. Original forearm in VG condition. The stock has had fairly course checkering done at the wrist and is slightly undersized. Rifle style buttplate. Overall metal is a plum aged blue/brown patina. Fair functioning action. Original dust cover. Correct sights. Under close examination it appears the magazine tube is a very good replacement. Quite reasonable for a good looking shooter.
Antique $ 1,875 .
WINCHESTER MODEL 73 FIRST MODEL RIFLE
Item # W263-21-50
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 # W209-19-79
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 # W208-21-19
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.
WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 FIRST MODEL RIFLE
Item # W356-21-43
Cal 44-40. Original 24" full round bbl and full mag. Original sights. VG shootable bore. Sharp rifling. Original wood in VG+ condition with what appears to be a little linseed oil added but not sanded or undersized or refinished. Rifle style buttplate. Original set trigger. Overall metal is in VG+ condition with about 20-25% blue turning plum/brown.Missing dust cover. No signs of pitting. Nice clean little gun.
Antique $ 4,975 sale pending.
RARE CONFIGURATION WINCHESTER 1873 RIFLE
Item # W151-21-55
This Winchester is rare in the fact that it has a pistol grip uncapped uncheckered plain wood buttstock. Cal 32 WCF. Oct bbl, full length mag tube and crescent buttplate. Serial range is 250,XXX. Quite a bit of original blue remaining on receiver. Some wear and some flaking. Bbl has almost all original blue. Nice markings and sharp edges on the octagons. Mag tube starting to brown out. The wood that we talked about previously is in very nice condition. A great bore on this old 73 also! Original dust cover. Nice action. This rare combination is bound to fill a niche in some ones 73 collection.
Antique $ 5,750 sale pending.
WINCHESTER MODEL 73 SRC
Item # W103-21-45
Cal 44-40. Action is nice and crisp. Original sights including folding ladder carbine rear sight. Bright shiny bore with excellent riflings. Original wood has a few usage mars but no signs of abuse. Most original varnish present with a carbine style buttplate. Overall metal is excellent with 95% original blue. Toning slightly on the bottom of the receiver. Good case colors on the hammer and lever. Hard to improve upon this good looking 73 SRC.
Antique $ 15,750.
WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 RIFLE VERY RARE CONFIGURATION
Item # 9195-21-48
Caliber 32-20 24" half oct bbl. Button magazine. Winchester sporting front sight, Lyman folding leaf rear sight and a graduated tang sight. Pistol grip deluxe wood is in VG condition with some light handling mars and dings but no splits or cracks and a very scarce checkered hard rubber shotgun style buttplate. Overall metal is about VG with traces of blue on the bbl with balance turning plum-brown patina coloration. The receiver has a considerable amount of case colors, probably 30-40%, had some rust spots lightly cleaned up at one time leaving small areas of light pitting. Basically all original and comes complete with Factory Letter.
Antique $ 7,750.
WINCHESTER MODEL OF 1873 RIFLE IN .44-40 WITH SPECIAL ORDER LONG STOCK
Item # 6682-21-67
30 full octagon barrel, full length magazine tube, very near fine bore; strong sharp rifling with minimal pitting. Generally VG wood with most original varnish, a 2" long repaired forearm crack at the front is solid; special order rifle style buttstock special ordered with a 14" pull as per Factory Letter. Metal is smooth and clean, barrel and magazine retain approximately 75% darkening blue, receiver has 40% darkening blue, the balance is a plum blue patina; traces of case colors on hammer and lever. Good lookin' 73.
Antique $ 13,750.
WINCHESTER 1873 TRAPPER IN .44 WCF
Item # 5517-21-66
15 barrel with fair to good bore, half mag and correct short forearm. Good clean metal has turned mostly a medium plum patina, nice functioning action, correct dustcover and saddlering. Some wood loss at upper tang. Pictured in Gordon's Model 1873 'Tribute' book. Letter.
Antique $ 6,750.
SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER SECOND MODEL 1873 RIFLE
Item # 9168-21-49
44 cal. Special order features are half round half oct bbl, button magazine. Nice bright shiny bore with good rifling. A few light scattered pits. Overall condition is VG for the age of this gun. This is a relatively early gun in the 59,XXX serial range. It is equipped with the standard German silver front sight and very neat early style 73 rear sight with original elevator. Metal condition on the bbl is very nice with 70% thinning blue. The receiver also has quite nice blue especially on the right hand side of the gun. There are a few scratches on the receiver. Nice wood and good action. Nice 2nd Model.
Antique $ 5,500.
WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 MUSKET
Item # 8713-21-69
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 .
WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 RIFLE IN 32-20
Item # 8524-21-60
Orig 24 full octagon bbl, full length magazine, deluxe checkered rifle butt, pistol grip and case hardened. Inscribed on the left side plate is: 'Presented to H.C. Cassidy by the Gun Dept of Hibbard, Spencer and Bartlett & Co. April 1884'. All of these facts are stated in a Factory Letter dated April 19, 1884, also confirms that the factory did the inscription on the side plate. It's interesting to note that Hibbard, Spencer and Bartlett went on to become the True Value Hardware Co. Accompanying this gun is a Bowie Knife marked 'H.C. Cassidy' as well which apparently was presented to him at the same time. Overall gun is in exc cond with orig front, typical Buckhorn rear and Lyman folding tang rear sights. Bbl retains 60-70% orig blue starting to tone somewhat with sharp corners and exc markings. Receiver retains 40-50% case colors, wood is in exc cond with most orig varnish, sharp checkering, just a few light handling mars and dings; complete with rifle style buttplate. Very nice little gun. Very rare to find a Winchester documented this thoroughly from the factory. All orig throughout.
Antique $ 29,500.
WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 RIFLE
Item # 8522-21-35
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.
FANTASTIC WINCHESTER MODEL 1873, 3RD MODEL PISTOL GRIP DELUXE RIFLE IN 44-40
Item # 8391-21-27
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.
LONG BARRELED WINCHESTER 1873 RIFLE
Item # 8125-21-34
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.
WINCHESTER 1873 2ND MODEL DELUXE RIFLE IN .38 CALIBER
Item # 7102-21-65
28 full octagon barrel, full length magazine tube, VG bore with a small bulge in the retaining band area, original sights, barrel and mag have turned a dark plum brown patina coloration, receiver case colors have turned very dark for the most part with traces of nickelly color. Checkering has been freshened on the deluxe pistol grip stocks, generally VG walnut with a solid repair to a wrist crack, steel shotgun buttplate. With correct Cody Research Form
Antique $ 5,950 .
WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 ONE OF ONE THOUSAND RIFLE
Item # W4530
Very fine, well documented, all original Model 1873 rifle. This gun was located at the time of the Universal Picture search for the 1 of 1,000 rifles that were made and later made tribute by the movie, 'Winchester Model 1873' starring Jimmy Stewart. At that time, the gun was owned by T.R. Jordan. The search took place in approximately 1950 and it was in his possession from then up until some time in the mid-70's when it was acquired by a very knowledgeable and respected collector from upper Michigan State. The gun comes complete with a Factory Letter stating it's 26 full oct barrel, full magazine, gold gilted Beaches front, correct Winchester Buckhorn rear and folding tang sights. Original wood is listed as fancy 2X grade with rifle style buttplate and is complete with original cleaning rod in the butt. This is the only one ever made with 2X uncheckered wood which exhibits intense grain right up through the wrist area which is quite unusual. Overall metal is excellent with sharp corners, fine markings, mostly a plummish blue brown patina coloration; no pits or signs of abuse, crisp action, fine bore.
$ Sold by Merz in 2005.