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.
W1501 WINCHESTER MODEL 66 SRC
Item # W1501
Cal 44 RF. Overall gun is excellent cond with a beautiful brass patina turning a deep yellow. Sharp corners. Crisp tight functioning action. Excellent case colors on hammer and lever. Bbl and mag retain 90%+ bright blue. Orig sights. Mint bore. Good bbl markings. Wood is in VG cond with very few mars and dings. Hard to find in this cond.
Antique $ 25,500.
W1289 WINCHESTER 1866 SRC
Item # W1289
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.
W937 WINCHESTER MODEL 66 SPORTING RIFLE
Item # W937-23-239
Cal 44 RF. 24" oct bbl and full length mag tube. Orig sights. Wood is in excellent+ cond with most orig varnish and only a few minor handling mars. Correct sling swivels. Orig brass butt plate and forend cap. Gun is in superb cond with 90% orig bbl and mag blue Just toning slightly. The receiver has a deep butterscotch color. It is untouched and is a beautiful brass patina. Hammer and lever retain vivid case colors. Fine gun with all matching numbers. Would be hard to improve upon.
Antique $ 36,750.
W1128 INSCRIBED WINCHESTER MODEL 66 RIFLE
Item # W1128-23-246
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.
W942 WINCHESTER ENGRAVED 66 RIFLE
Item # W942 -23-233
Has a 24" full round bbl that has a carbine forearm and a carbine bbl bands. It is light weight like a carbine but it should be about 20". This looks like it was made out up of parts more than anything else. There is no bbl address. Receiver is engraved with the American Eagle on one side and numerous stars. On the other side is a Mexican Eagle that says "Death to Traitors" and some sort of American shield. The engraving is fairly crude but still doesn't look too bad. Lower tang has been repaired and the serial number has been crudely reapplied. Brass buttplate is fairly shiny and may have been polished some. The receiver is pretty well toned and is dark yellow patina. Bbl has turned plum/brown as well as the mag tube. Action functions nice. Fairly decent looking gun.
Antique $ 5,975 sale pending.
W941 WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 MUSKET WITH PROVISIONS FOR THE SABER STYLE BAYONET
Item # W941-23-242
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.
EXTRAORDINARY ONE OF A KIND RELIEF ENGRAVED WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 EXHIBITION RIFLE
Item # W7777-23-238
If you are looking for one of the greatest firearms that has ever been made, this one is for you. Believed to be the finest 66 gold gilted relief engraved exhibition rifle to surface to date, having approximately 10 elaborate panel scenes engraved on it. Wood is the fanciest I have ever encountered on a 66! Burl 4X grade with most original lacquer on it. Excellent+ condition. Receiver retains 95% bright gold gilted finish remaining with very little sign of use. Nickel trim on the bbl and mag tube is in excellent condition. Gold gilted Beaches combination sight and original sling swivels.
Antique $ 375,000.
9470 66 SRC CALIBER 44 RF WINCHESTER
Item # 23-229
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 # 8749-23-234
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.
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.