Merz Antique Firearms ~ Catalog of Old Guns and Related Items
In 1866 Oliver Winchester purchased the New Haven Arms Company and turned it to the Winchester Repeating Arms Company. The 1866 Winchester was the first Winchester Model. Sharing the brass frame design inherited from the Henry Rifle, the 1866 quickly earned the nickname "Yellow Boy," a name which is popular with collectors to this day. An improved loading system was an important improvement over the Henry Rifle design. The added loading gate on the right side of the frame, and a solid magazine tube, are the major differences between a Henry Rifle and a Winchester 1866 rifle.
W316 RARE INTERESTING 1866 WINCHESTER
Item # W316
This an 1866 SRC with cartouches. This is rarely encountered on Winchesters. A circle cartouche on the left hand side of the stock with fancy lettering that say "A O S"and the same in a banner cartouche on the bottom of the stock. These cartouches are believed to be part of the 1866's in this serial range that were sold and sent to South America in 1877. This marking is described and illustrated in George Madis' Winchester book. If this is the case this is a fortunate gun. Most Winchesters that made the trip south did not stay in this condition and were used very hard. This gun is a high condition SRC. Very nice aging blue adorns the bbl and mag tube. Nice butterscotch color on the frame. Wood is way above average being nice fitting and no visible cracks. There are a few gouge marks and handling mars. Solid action with no lever droop. Very good collectable 1866! Comes with Winchester Letter.
Antique $ 28,500.
THE WINCHESTER ENGRAVING BOOK
Item # 5B
By R.L. Wilson. Hardcover book of over 500 pages. Beinfeld, Second Edition with most info from the old book and over 100 color pages of new info. Super book, the best of its kind. Out of print for about 20 years. We have the last of remaining new stock available, in shrink wrap. List price for the new reprint of this book is $225. These rare original factory sealed books are a real bargain at only $175, which is about half of what rare book sellers are charging for this edition.
W259 WINCHESTER 1866 OCTAGON BARREL RIFLE
Item # W259
A good looking example of a 66 rifle. The oct bbl is in good overall condition and is a medium brown color. There is the typical marks and scratches but overall nice metal. VG bbl address. The full length mag tube is a more silver color. Lightly cleaned at some time. Inside the bore is at least good to possibly VG with good rifling. Some scattered moderate pitting and normal roughness. Nice patina on the receiver with a dull aged brass. This receiver started out its life as a carbine. There is quite a few in this serial range that were changed to rifles. It was all factory done and is so stated on the Factory Letter. The buttstock is in good overall condition with no cracks. A bit shy at the upper tang and towards the frame. The forearm is in quite good condition. There is a typical crack coming off the forearm on the left side. All the orig wood is present. Comes with Factory Letter. A good example!
Antique $ 13,950.
W258 HIGH CONDITION WINCHESTER 1866 SRC
Item # W258
Rarely do you find a 66 carbine in this condition! A later carbine in the 166k serial range. As stated; high condition. Most all bbl blue remains. Does have some aging but is still pretty bright blue. Very nice markings. A ladder sight with the 1873 marking on it. Also on the bbl is marked "44 RF" which you do see on some of these 1866's. Receiver has nice smooth metal with a pleasing patina. The metal buttplate even shows some case colors which is very rare on these old guns. VG bore and very nice action. Wood condition matches the rest of the gun as being exceptional. This 66 carbine is in the top tier of condition when it comes to the famed Winchester 1866!!
Antique $ 35,000.
W237 EXTRAORDINARY DELUXE ENGRAVED WINCHESTER 1866 RIFLE
Item # W237
Exhibition grade rifle factory engraved by Conrad Ulrich. This is a very special Winchester with gold plated receiver. Some gold plating remains in protected areas. Full coverage engraving on both sides with several game scenes and the precise beautiful engraving that Mr. Ulrich was noted for. All engraving is crisp and clean as is the whole gun. Bbl has aged to a pleasing blue/brown antique patina. Beautiful deep dark rich deluxe wood in VG condition. There is a very old well done repair in the wrist area. This fine Winchester was built in 1871. This Winchester is truly a piece of art!!!
Antique $ 77,500.
W1615 WINCHESTER 1866 MUSKET
Item # W1615-26-10
This is an early 3rd model with the serial number at just over 30k. Nice color to the brass receiver. Bbl exhibits most aging blue. There is proof marks on the bbl indicating this gun was exported and now has made it's way back home. Buttstock has an old repair with 2 pieces of brass well inletted. A nice job was done and it is solid. Forearm is in VG cond with a light crack where the screw holds the front band on. Action works good with no lever droop. A nice old Winchester musket!
Antique $ 7,500.
W131 HENRY MARKED WINCHESTER 1866
Item # W131 -26-2
This is a second model 1866 rifle built in 1868. A very good eye appealing rifle with nice antique butterscotch patina to the receiver. Bbl has orig finish which has turned the classic aged blue/grey patina. This gun is equipped with sling swivels. It has the early 1866 ladder sight. Good action. Wood is also in VG cond. Some age shrinkage at the upper tang. A coat of varnish was added years ago. Looks good and the color is right. This is a very atractive 1866 rifle.
Antique $ 16,750.
W133 WINCHESTER 1866 OCTAGON BARRELED RIFLE
Item # W133-26-27
A good looking rifle. Receiver appears to have been cleaned years ago. A very careful job was done and it is aging back to a very nice color. This receiver was one of those that originally was suppose to be a saddle ring and has the saddle ring holes filled by the factory and was made into a rifle. This is seen from time to time in the 3rd model range and is absolutely correct. The bbl is nice with an aged blue/grey as is the mag tube. Serial range is 124k. Wood is in overall good cond. Fit relatively good and just slightly shy at the tangs. Forearm wood is also good overall. Most likely has had a light coat of oil or varnish applied decades ago. Nice tight action. No lever droop. This is a good looking Winchester!
Antique $ 13,850.
W08A 1866 WINCHESTER MUSKET
Item # W08A -26-26
Good looking musket with a pleasing butterscotch patina to the receiver. Bbl also is nice looking with an aged gre/brown patina. Wood looks good but there are a few flaws. The forearm has a crack from the end all the way down that has been repaired years ago. Also the buttstock has a chip missing out towards the plate towards the upper right. Buttplate is a bit ill fitting. A coat of something was added to the gun likely when they fixed the forearm. Still a good looking musket. An interesting stamping on the left side of the buttstock but can't quite make it out. A decent old Winchester!
Antique $ 5,875.
W1470 DELUXE ENGRAVED WINCHESTER 66 PRESENTATION RIFLE
Item # W1470-26-1
Cal 44RF. 24" oct bbl and full length mag tube. Beeches combination front sight and a flip up 66 rear sight. Excellent bore. Orig dlx grade wood in excellent cond with very fancy figured wood and an old repair in the wrist area done a long time ago. Sound and solid. Rifle style buttplate. Silver plated sling swivels. Bbl and mag blue at about 75% starting to turn a little plum. Receiver retains about 50% of original silver finish which has turned a quite dark color and highlights the depth of the engraving. The relief style engraving with 3 different game scenes, numerous borders and an inscription on the side "David Hart to Son Michael". This gun has been in many fine collections in the country and is pictured in numerous books including the Winchester Engraving book on page 109. A very fine gun. Engraving is attributed to Conrad Uhlrich. These are rarely found with the orig wood intact. They weren't knowledgeable about how the wood would react and had fancy burl running throughout the wrist area. Where the tang screw goes through they often had problems but this one was repaired and done quite well. Fine gun complete with high base folding vernier tang sight.
Antique $ 85,000.
W1525 WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 MUSKET
Item # W1525 -26-15
Orig sights, bayonet and sling with correct swivels. Wood shows numerous mars, dings and rack marks from taking in and out of a rack. Sound and solid. Good bbl address and turning a plum/brown. Receiver is a pale yellow. All orig good looking musket.
Antique $ 6,100.
W939 FACTORY ENGRAVED WINCHESTER MODEL 66 MUSKET
Item # W939-25-4
Cal 44 RF. Excellent bore. Orig sights. Wood is in VG cond with a possible light coat of varnish added. Not sanded or undersized. Overall metal is in fine cond with about 75% orig nickel remaining on the bbl. Receiver has about 95% orig nickel turning a dull color. Factory engraved with a stagg on one side and scroll engraved on the other. All orig and complete with nickel plated sling swivels. Factory Letter of Authenticity from the Cody Museum. A nice specimen of a fairly hard to find gun and especially one that can be documented.
Antique $ 17,500.
W1289 WINCHESTER 1866 SRC
Item # W1289-26-28
The 66 carbine is one of the most sought after old west guns there is! This one is a decent gun with nice color on the receiver and good smooth metal. The bbl is in fair cond. There is some areas of light pitting and roughness. Most of the bbl address is readable. Bbl color is the normal antique grey/brown. Wood is good fitting to the upper and lower tang and also to the brass butt plate. Forearm has the normal crack from the front to the bbl band. Numerous dings and scratches but overall pretty good cond. A coat of varnish was added a long time ago. It has the flip up ladder sight and standard front sight. Action is good. A good looking carbine at an entry level price.
Antique $ 7,500.
W1128 INSCRIBED WINCHESTER MODEL 66 RIFLE
Item # W1128-26-6
Full oct bbl. Orig sights. Full length mag tube. Wood is in excellent cond with just a few minor mars. Correct rifle style butt plate. This is a 4th model rifle with steel forend cap as well as the steel butt plate. Overall gun is in excellent+ cond with 90% bbl and mag blue starting to slightly tone. The receiver is a nice untouched butterscotch patina with the inscription on the side which is not quite readable. We think it is the initials "T F R". Crisp sharp gun with excellent mechanics. All orig.
Antique $ 21,500.
W941 WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 MUSKET WITH PROVISIONS FOR THE SABER STYLE BAYONET
Item # W941-26-14
Receiver is a deep untouched pale yellow patina. Sharp corners. Crisp tight action. Bbl has traces of blue turned a plum/brown with VG markings. Orig sights. Excellent bore. Stock has numerous mars and dings but has 75-80% orig lacquer finish complete with a brass buttplate. Forearm has some dings as well and what appears to be a repaired crack on the right. Noticeable but doesn't look too bad. The screw heads on the bbl retaining bands have been filed off for some reason. Other than that it is untouched. Nice gun!
Antique $ 6,750.
9470 66 SRC CALIBER 44 RF WINCHESTER
Item # 26-16
Excellent bbl address. Bbl and mag tube retain 25% original blue with original sights. Excellent forearm. The upper and lower tang have been broken at one time and crudely repaired but is sound and solid and quite serviceable. The original stock is somewhat deformed but looks very good in the wrist area. The receiver in VG plus condition on 75%. The back 1/4 shows signs of abuse.
Antique $ 5,200 .
WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 1st MODEL FLAT SIDE SADDLERING CARBINE
Item # 8749-26-17
Serial number is 13,936. It appears there were some tacks imbedded in the forearm which have been removed a long time ago, buttstock looks good-shows alot of saddlering wear on the side and looks to be a very old replacement. Overall gun shows a fair amount of wear with somewhat rounded corners, the receiver has a real nice, deep butterscotch patina coloration, bbl is mostly a bluish brown patina. Colorful old gun; apparently it came out of Mexico and looks like it's got some homemade type sling swivels on it, correct sights, nice functioning action, correct saddlering. If Madis would have called these Henry Carbines, they'd probably bring about ten times what they're selling for today, however, it's still a rare gun and has a good premium-this is the first 1st Model flat side carbine I've had in probably 10 years. A decent gun.
Antique $ 18,500.