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.
W1585 WINCHESTER 66 THIRD MODEL SRC
Item # W1585
Cal 44 RF. Orig early flip-up sights. Bbl band sight on the front and a little flip-up on the back. Fine functioning action. Bore would benefit from a good cleaning. Looks to have deep sharp rifling. Wood is in VG cond with minor mars. Early rifle style buttplate. Good bbl markings. Bbl and mag tube have turned mostly a plum/brown color with traces of blue in protected areas. Receiver has sharp corners, crisp tight action and orig saddle ring. Both receiver and buttplate appear to have a gold gilt over them which is quite heavy in protected areas. Fairly light in the carry point. About 60% of this finish remains. I have seen this before and I can't say for positive that it is gold but it appears to be. Sharp clean little gun.
Antique $ 7,795.
W1619 FAIRLY SCARCE WINCHESTER MODEL 66 SRC WITH FULL NICKEL FINISH
Item # W1619
Orig extra finish grade wood is in fine cond with some oil staining and usual handling mars. Nice fancy wood and carbine style buttplate. 4th variation with 73 style ladder rear sight. Nice bbl markings. Very good bore. Receiver retains about 90% of the nickel with some flaking. Orig saddle ring has about half the nickel. Bbl has mostly flaked and shows about 20% nickel with good markings. Nice clean gun. Comes with Letter from Cody.
Antique $ 7,500.
W1617 EARLY WINCHESTER 66 SRC
Item # W1617
Orig sights and correct saddle ring. Orig wood with brass rifle style buttplate. Wood is generally good cond showing some minor use and an excellent repair at the toe. Hardly noticeable. Receiver is semi-bright and may have been polished some time ago. Bbl and mag have turned a plum/brown. Good eye appeal to this gun and in the 28k serial range.
Antique $ 5,250 sale pending.
W1525 WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 MUSKET
Item # W1525
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.
W1614 66 MUSKET
Item # W1614
Cal 44 RF. Orig sights. VG+ bore. Wood has had some varnish added but not sanded or undersized. Correct brass buttplate. Orig sling swivels. Traces of blue in protected areas. Good markings. Receiver is a pale yellow with some rounding. Some scuff marks. Generally not a bad old musket.
Antique $ 4,500.
W1522 WINCHESTER 66 FOURTH MODEL SRC
Item # W1522
Cal 44 RF. VG markings. Dark bore. Wood appears to have dried out some and has some old separation on one side. Maybe it laid out in the Desert for awhile! Wood has been untouched and fits to metal. Receiver is a semi-bright color but has sharp corners and nice action. Orig saddle ring. Good representative specimen of a 66 carbine complete with the later carbine style brass buttplate and Cody form.
Antique $ 6,100 sale pending.
W1471 WINCHESTER 1866 MUSKET
Item # W1471
Complete with correct bayonet. Orig sights. Excellent bore. Wood is excellent with a cartouche on the back of the stock. Overall gun is excellent with 90%+ bright shiny blue. Receiver has sharp corners and good action. Nice pale butterscotch brass. Orig sling swivels. Nice all orig musket!
Antique $ 11,500 sale pending.
W939 FACTORY ENGRAVED WINCHESTER MODEL 66 MUSKET
Item # W939-24-10
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 # W1289-24-15
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 # W937-24-13
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 sale pending.
W1128 INSCRIBED WINCHESTER MODEL 66 RIFLE
Item # W1128-24-19
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 # W941-23-242
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 # W7777-24-5
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 # 8749-24-14
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.