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.
W948 WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 RIFLE
Item # W948
24" full oct bbl and full length mag tube. Beeches combination front sight. Buck horn rear sight. Series 62 referred to as the "bargain sight" for a tang sight. Bright shiny sharp bore. Should make a fine shooter. This gun is fitted with fancy un-checkered deluxe wood stated on the Factory Letter. The stock retains about 90% of the high gloss lacquer finish on the buttstock and about 50% on the forearm. Overall gun is excellent cond with 85-90% overall blue starting to thin on top of the bbl and bottom of the receiver. Crisp tight action. Orig dust cover. Good traces of case color on the hammer and lever. Nickel colored buttplate. Very attractive gun. Orig and complete with Factory Letter stating the oct bbl, plain trigger and fancy stocks.
Antique $ 12,750.
W951 WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 RIFLE
Item # W951
24" full oct bbl and full length mag tube. 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.
W944 WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 RIFLE
Item # W944
Cal 32-20. 24" full round bbl and full length mag tube. This gun is in absolutely outstanding condition! Retains 99% bright glossy blue overall. Vivid case colors on the hammer and lever. Buttplate retains about 75% orig case colors slightly thinning. Wood has just a few light handling mars and retains nearly all gloss lacquer finish. Beautiful inside and out! Correct sights. This is probably the best condition 73 I have ever had!
Antique $ 14,500 sale pending.
W687A 73 20” SHORT RIFLE
Item # W687A-122-89
Correct shorter style forearm. Full oct bbl and full length mag tube. Orig sights include a folding ladder rear sight. Horrible bore. Orig wood shows a fair amount of dry rot where the frame meets the buttstock. Also where the frame meets the forearm. Correct rifle style buttplate with a trapdoor. Overall gun has a heavy dark brown pitted patina with traces of nickel finish in protected areas. A lot of rounding to the corners. Missing dust cover. Would make an attractive wall hanger.Research form. Gun was no doubt an original 20" short rifle.
Antique $ 795 sale pending.
W810 VERY EARLY WINCHESTER 1873 RAISED THUMBPRINT 1ST MODEL
Item # W810-122-87
2200 serial range. This gun is pictured in Gordan's book on 73's on page 214 and 360. Factory Letter accompanies this gun. 24" full round bbl with full length mag tube. VG bore. Orig sights. Wood in generally good cond with rifle style buttplate. Correct raised thumbprint dust cover. Nice functioning action. Some minor pitting on receiver and bbl but still generally VG. Light grey patina. Scarce gun and hard to find with raised thumbprint.
Antique $ 6,750.
W854 1873 wINCHESTER OCTAGON RIFLE
Item # W854-122-82
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.
W962 73 WINCHESTER RIFLE IN CALIBER 32-20
Item # W962-122-81
Original 24" full rd bbl and full length mag tube. VG+ shootable bore. Orig sights consist of a flat type sporting rear sight and typical Winchester front sight with a possible blade replacement. Orig wood retains a fair amount of varnish. Has a few light handling mars. Complete with a rifle style buttplate. Overall gun is smooth and clean with correct dust cover. About 30-40% orig blue starting to tone somewhat. Good traces of case color on the hammer and lever. Nice clean little 32-20. Should make a good shooter.
Antique $ 3,100.
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.
W824 WINCHESTER 1ST MODEL 1873 RIFLE
Item # W824
Cal 44-40. This gun features the early raised thumbprint dust cover. 2k serial range. Orig sights. Shootable bore. Orig wood in VG+ cond with a rifle style buttplate. Overall metal is a plum /brown color with some minor pitting. Features a single set trigger. Scarce raised thumbprint dust covers go as high as 2200. Very desirable collector.
Antique $ 7,500.
WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 DELUXE RIFLE IN .44-40
Item # 7203-22-262
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 -22-240
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.
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 replacement 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 sale pending.
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.
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 MODEL 1873 RIFLE
Item # W586 -22-218
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 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.
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 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 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.
SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER SECOND MODEL 1873 RIFLE
Item # 9168-22-141
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 # 8713-22-140
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.