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.
W1058 WINCHESTER 1866 SRC
Item # W1058
The 66 Winchester saddle ring SRC is what everyone wants! This one is above average in condition. The bbl is an antique blue/brown with VG markings. The receiver has dark age spots on nice looking brass. Buttstock is in good cond and somewhat undersized at the butt from shrinkage. Fit to the upper and lower tang just slightly shy but good. No losses or cracks. Forearm is also very nice with not nearly the wear that you normally see on these. This 66 is in the 159k serial range. Action works good. This is a nice old Winchester!!
Antique $ 8,500 sale pending.
WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 1ST MODEL FLAT SIDE SADDLERING CARBINE
Item # 8775-21-17
Serial number is 14827 and is marked on all the correct spots on the inside of the gun. Receiver has a pale yellow coloration-appears to have been cleaned at one time but has since started to turn dark, good sharp corners, no noticable dings or mars. Bbl and mag mostly plum brownish with some cleaning on the tube, faint traces of the bbl address are still present, correct sights. Orig wood has a few dings and mars but is sound and solid with correct matching numbers, no splits or cracks. Gun is probably better than most the flat sides you see and has all the correct features such as the flat loading gate. All orig, decent little gun.
Antique $ 22,500.
W1066 WINCHESTER 1866 SRC
Item # W1066
Manufactured 1870. This gun has seen quite a bit of use but is in good overall condition with a lot of Western flair. Receiver has a nice antique patina. There is a couple of initials "A L" lightly scratched in the front portion left hand side of the receiver. Does not detract from the gun. Bbl has a pleasing blue/brown look. On the bbl is some very old period sights, non-adjustable rear and a blade type front. This 66 is center fire. It does have a good to VG bore with strong rifling. Some roughness. The wood has a weathered look but is in overall good condition. It is shy at both upper and lower tangs. Some shrinkage on the buttplate. A crack here and there. There was a sling swivel on the bottom at one time which is no longer there. Forearm is also quite worn and looks good with this gun. A very decent old yellow boy!
Antique $ 6,950.
W942 WINCHESTER ENGRAVED 66 RIFLE
Item # W942
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.
W941 WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 MUSKET WITH PROVISIONS FOR THE SABER STYLE BAYONET
Item # W941
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.
WINCHESTER THIRD MODEL 66 LEVER ACTION RIFLE
Item # W461 -21-14
Nice functioning action. Original rear sight. Front sight is missing the blade but retains original base. Fairly good bore. Original 24" full oct bbl and full length mag tube. Original wood is VG+ with some oil added. Correct original sling swivels in tact. Brass style buttplate and steel style forend cap. This is one of the late 66s made where they took some 66 SRCs and plugged the holes with brass plugs and used them for the rifles. Brass is untouched and nearly green. Bbl and mag generally VG with sharp corners. Good bbl markings. Traces of finish in protected areas. Good looking all original gun. Matching numbers.
Antique $ 11,500.
EXTREMELY RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 DELUXE FULL NICKEL PLATED MUSKET
Item # W49-21-3
Overall gun is superb retaining virtually 98%+ bright shiny nickel, orig 3X grade wood is exc+ with most orig high gloss lacquer finish and just a few light handling mars and dings. Overall gun is quite stunning with a nickel plated bayonet, cleaning rod and sling swivels. Very interesting gun-the only one I've encountered in this configuration and in extremely fine condition.
Antique $ 21,750.
66 SRC CALIBER 44 RF WINCHESTER
Item # 9470-21-4
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 SRC
Item # 9144-21-18
Caliber 44 RF. Replacement rear sight. Original front sight. Buttstock and forearm have been replaced some time ago. A decent job with the carbine style buttplate. Overall brass show a fair amount of use with some polishing on it at one time, starting to turn darker. Some rounding to the corners. It appears that the lever has been repaired at one time. Replacement barrel band. A fairly priced 66 carbine.
Antique $ 4,500.
WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 1st MODEL FLAT SIDE SADDLERING CARBINE
Item # 8749-21-9
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.