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.
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.
W1066 WINCHESTER 1866 SRC
Item # W1066-23-231
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 -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.
W461 WINCHESTER THIRD MODEL 66 LEVER ACTION RIFLE
Item # W461 -23-235
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.
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 plus 100 or better 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.