Merz Antique Firearms ~ Catalog of Old Guns and Related Items
Approximately 750,000 Winchester Model 1873 guns were manufactured, starting in 1873. They were introduced alongside Winchester's new .44-40 caliber ammunition. This new centerfire round was more powerful than Winchester's earlier .44 rimfire round. As a result, the brass frame of the Model 1866 was upgraded to a stronger steel frame. The '73 was available in a rifle, carbine or musket configuration. Dozens of variations were available, which makes the Winchester '73 a fun gun to collect. The production is broken into three main categories: first, second and third model. Of the three models, production of the Third Model greatly outnumbers First and Second Models. One thing that makes collecting Winchester guns interesting is that variations tend to be introduced over a transitional period, rather than at a specific start and stop date. The way to identify the various models relates to how the dustcover is attached, and the arrangement of screws behind the trigger. The earliest Winchester '73's had no caliber marking, because initially they all used .44-40 ammo, also known as .44 WCF. As other calibers were introduced later, it became necessary to mark the caliber on all guns. The 73 rifle was eventually available in .44, .38 and .32 calibers. A few were also made in .22 caliber, however, the mechanism of the Model 1890 Winchester proved to be more reliable for handling the small .22 caliber rounds.
W1474 SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER 1873 RIFLE
Item # W1474
Beeches front sight and typical buckhorn rear sight. Excellent bore. 24" full oct bbl. Full length mag tube. Special order case colored frame. Wood is fancy deluxe uncheckered straight stock with rifle style buttplate. Overall gun is nice and clean with about 75-80% bbl and mag blue. Receiver has about 30-40% thinning case colors. Wood has most orig high gloss lacquer and is in excellent cond. Complete with special order sling swivels. Complete with Factory Letter.
Antique $ 12,750.
W1475 WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 DELUXE RIFLE
Item # W1475
Cal 44-40. Orig 20" full oct bbl with a scarce button mag. Orig sights. Excellent bore. Pistol grip checkered wood is in fine cond with most orig varnish and a rifle style buttplate. Bbl retains about 90% somewhat thinning blue. Receiver has 10% traces of case color in the protected areas with the balance turning modelly silver case color appearance. All orig and complete with a Factory Letter.
Antique $ 13,500.
W1601 44 CALIBER WINCHESTER 1873
Item # W1601
Equipped with round bbl, button mag and crescent buttplate. This gun has quite nice blue on the receiver. Bbl has pretty much turned a brown/blue. Buttstock is in good overall cond and even retains some of the orig varnish. Nice fitting. Forearm has a little more usage but about the same as the stock. Good+ bore. Nice action. A decent old Winchester built in the mid 1880's.
Antique $ 3,295.
W1606 WINCHESTER 1873 SRC 44 CALIBER
Item # W1606
The good news is that it is the desirable 73 saddle ring in cal 44. Bad news is the gun has been totally refinished. Nearly all reblue is on the gun. The forearm has been replaced with a modification of something. Buttstock appears to be an orig 73 buttstock. Buttplate is ill fitting. Shy at both upper and lower tang. Action works good but bolt is a bit sloppy. Bore is pretty rough. Some more good news is this gun is very affordable!
Antique $ 1,375.
W830 RAISED THUMB PRINT 1873 1ST MODEL
Item # W830
Early Winchester 1873 in the 1200 serial range. This one has the desirable "Raised Thumbprint" dust cover that was only found on the beginning of production through the 2500 serial range. Another plus is the octagon barrel, full magazine and rifle butt configuration in the .44WCF caliber. This rifle also features a set trigger.that still works today. Wood is in good condition with no cracks. Good smooth metal with slight rounding of the corners on the barrel flats. Original sights. Bore is surprisingly good. Strong rifling with only a few scattered light pits. Metal has been cleaned long ago and is starting to patina. Light pitting on butt plate. If you are looking for an early '73 to add to your collection, this is it!
Antique $ 9,500.
W1610 INTERESTING WINCHESTER 1873
Item # W1610
On the side plate is marked "R B Rodda and Co London and Calcutta". This gun was exported to London and does have London proofs on it. Cal 44. There is also some marking on the bbl underneath the sight but I don't know what language it is. Certainly not English. Early gun at just over 100k. Still has the early style rear sight and standard German silver front. Equipped with a round bbl, full length mag tube and crescent buttplate. Some blue remaining on the receiver but quite a bit is worn off. The bbl is some blue some brown and some grey. Overall metal cond is quite good. Dust cover is present. Nice bright shiny bore but has a ring about 8" from muzzle. Buttstock is in relatively good shape. Forearm shows quite a bit of use. Everybody loved Winchesters in the early days. A lot of 73s and later on the big bores went over to Europe. This one made its way back home. I could only imagine the stories If only it could talk
Antique $ 2,775.
W1476 WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 RIFLE
Item # W1476
With the rarely encountered 24" full oct bull bbl measuring over 1" at muzzle. Full length mag tube. Orig wood in VG cond with most orig varnish and rifle style buttplate. Sights include a folding ladder rear sight which is marked 76. Typical Winchester set front sight. High base knurled staff folding tang sight. Fine bore. Crisp tight action. Orig dust cover. Overall gun is very nice with about 40% orig blue thinning in spots. All orig and complete with a Cody research form.
Antique $ 13,500.
W1523 WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 RIFLE
Item # W1523
Cal 38-40. 24" round bbl and full length mag tube. Lyman front sight. Dovetail slot is filled on the rear of the bbl. Marbles tang sight. Wood shows some mars and dings and is not sanded or undersized. Rifle style buttplate. Overall metal is VG with about 40-45% orig blue showing some use and thinning. Crisp tight action. Orig dust cover.
Antique $ 3,950.
W1603 WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SRC
Item # W1603
Cal 44-40. This gun has James Rosier markings on it. He was an importer for Australia. This is one of the Pentridge Prison guard guns. Included with the gun is quite a bit of paperwork that talks about the Prison and these guns. Interesting history. The gun has the typical Pentridge appearance with the top of the bbl being scuffed and rounded from leaning against the prison walls. Most have a number on the elevator. This one is number 7. All are in pretty good cond. Plum/brown with traces of blue. Excellent markings. Fine bore. Crisp tight action. Orig sliding dust cover. Wood has a few dings and usual wear but no splits or cracks and no signs of refinishing. Clean little gun with the James Rosier markings just ahead of the elevator. These are fun to have. This comes complete with Cody research form.
Antique $ 4,950.
W1302 WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 RIFLE
Item # W1302
Cal 44-40. Features a 24" oct bbl and full length mag tube. Beeches combination folding front sight and very scarce 7-leaf platinum lined rear sight. A VG shootable bore with well defined rifling. Wood is in good cond with some minor dings and initials on the buttstock. A chunk out of the forearm about 2" long. Rifle style butt plate. Special order sling swivels as well as set trigger. Overall metal in generally good cond is light grey color having possibly been cleaned at one time. Sharp corners. Good markings. Nice functioning action. Complete with orig set trigger and Factory Letter.
Antique $ 8,750.
W1435 WINCHESTER 1873 22 CALIBER
Item # W1435
This 73 is chambered in 22 short. Standard feature gun with 24" oct bbl that has turned a pleasing antique color. The bore is the best I have ever seen on a 73 22 cal! Receiver is a plum brown. Correct marking on the elevator of 22 cal short. Oddly there is no serial number on the lower tang. Wood is very nice fitting and VG+ cond. Forearm is also very nice. Action works good. Mag tube present and complete. 73's in 22 cal are very collectable.
Antique $ 4,100.
W1608 1873 WINCHESTER MUSKET WITH BAYONET
Item # W1608
Very fine cond gun with 90%+ blue on the receiver. Just some wear at the carry spot and high spots. Bbl has aging blue that is beginning to turn. Nice address and 44 cal marking. As with a lot of muskets, this one has a near perfect bore. The rest of the gun fits in cond. Wood is nice fitting and good overall with no cracks or losses. Musket ladder sight. Bayonet is in the white with some age spots. VG overall. If you don't have a 73 musket, this would be a dandy for filling a collection.
Antique $ 3,650.
W1609 VERY INTERESTING WINCHESTER MUSKET
Item # W1609
This musket has "London Armory Curren Company" on the side plate. Also several markings on the right side of the stock including the Curren company and their address Queen Victoria London. There is also some rack marks. I do not know what they were for. Also in large letters " U S S CO" and a couple of numbers. This was some sort of a rack gun for some security outfit or facility. It has the normal British proof marks. Gun is VG with good bbl blue. Some light freckling at the muzzle. Light pin pricking in spots. Receiver has 90%+ aging blue. Some scratches and mars. A lot of these company rack guns didn't get a lot of use and this one didn't. Nice tight action and excellent bore. High condition interesting 73 musket!
Antique $ 4,750.
W694a 1873 WINCHESTER SHORT RIFLE
Item # W694a
This rare 16" Short Rifle looks as though it has had a very rough life. Maybe dragged behind a truck? The bore also looks like 16" of gravel road! The metal on the frame is a little pitted. The wood is rough. Dust cover is a replacement. Butt plate is loose.The gun letters as a carbine. A lot of short rifles and carbines went to South America. Most likely came back across the border in pieces with a batch of other guns. When they were reassembled, someone wasn't paying attention. 44 WCF. 16" OBFM. If you are looking for an old Winchester with a story to tell, this is the wall hanger for you.
Antique $ 3,875.
W1279 WINCHESTER 1873 SRC IN 38 WCF
Item # W1279
This old Winchester has that "Cowboy Carbine" look to it! If this gun could only talk. It appears to have had a repair done to the forearm with a piece of brass, but they didn't stop there with the brass decorations. There are some more brass pieces on the stock. Cowboy customizing no doubt. The receiver is a brown patina with traces of blue around the side plates. Barrel and mag tube are also brown. Good smooth metal and good wood except for repaired crack. The bore is a little rough. Looks like a replacement saddle ring. Not a bad looking 123 year old gun. 1873 SRC's in 38 WCF are very hard to find, and this one has lots of character.
Antique $ 3,750.
W675 SCARCE 73 WINCHESTER
Item # W675 -24-48
Cal 32. Original 32" full round bbl with full length mag tube. This gun features the 2 bbl band hanging rings which all 32" guns have. Original nicely figured shotgun style buttplate with correct original hard rubber. Scarce on a 73. I have only seen a few of these. This gun is in the 460,XXX serial range. Original sights. VG bore would benefit from a good cleaning. Overall metal is VG with 25% original blue turning plum/brown patina. Good markings. No signs of abuse.
Antique $ 10,750.
W685 WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SRC IN SCARCE CALIBER 32-20
Item # W685-24-23
20" carbine bbl and full length mag tube. Original wood has a few GAUGEs in it and a small chip out of the forearm about 1" long. Other than that, it is basically sound and solid with a considerable amount of finish remaining. Complete with correct carbine style buttplate. Bbl and mag retain about 20% original blue turned plum/brown. Receiver has good traces of blue turning dark. Good markings. Sharp corners. Nice functioning action. Original ladder rear sight and blade replacement coin insert front sight. Correct dust cover and original saddle ring.
Antique $ 3,250.
W1204 WINCHESTER 1873 22 CALIBER
Item # W1204 -24-37
Cal 22 long. This rifle has a oct bbl and crescent butt. Very nice metal with an antique plum color. Light freking on parts of the bbl. Even color throughout. Bore is a bit dirty but should clean up. Wood is VG+ cond. Nice fitting. A few light handling marks and that is about it. A fine example of a scarce gun.
Antique $ 4,500.
W1203 WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 RIFLE
Item # W1203-24-36
Scarce cal 22 long. 24" full oct bbl and full length mag tube. Orig sights. Dark bore. Wood in VG cond with rifle style butt plate. Overall metal is in fine cond with about 30-40% orig blue toning and turning a plum color. Nice clean gun with sharp corners and good markings. Crisp action. Correct dust cover. I understand there was only 5-6 thousand of the 22 cal 73's made n 22 long.
Antique $ 4,950.
W1113 WINCHESTER MODEL 1873
Item # W1113 -24-31
On the side plate is marked " 24 Atlanta Police". There were some over 100 of these and they were marked so. I haven't seen any in about 20 years and now 2 in the last couple of months. This is a very fine gun which retains about 90% overall bright blue starting to tone slightly. A plum color coming through in areas. Oct bbl and full mag. Orig sights. Crisp tight action. Orig dust cover. Fine bore. Factory sling swivels. Wood has the usual mars and dings yet still retains a considerable amount of orig varnish. A tiny crack at the toe. Rifle style butt plate. Sharp corners. Excellent cond inside and out. Complete with Factory Letter.
Antique $ 14,500.
W1115 WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 RIFLE
Item # W1115-24-21
Cal 38-40. Full oct bbl and scarce button mag. Orig sights. Fine bore. Wood retains most orig lacquer. Rifle style butt plate. Bbl retains 95% orig blue. Orig sights. Receiver retains about 90% blue starting to tone and turning a plum color. Crisp sharp action. Excellent markings. Orig dust cover. Fine gun and comes with Factory Letter.
Antique $ 7,750.
W1111 73 FIRST MODEL RIFLE
Item # W1111 -24-40
Cal 44-40. 24" round bbl. Orig sights. Excellent bore. Wood has a few light handling mars but generally in excellent cond with most orig varnish. Rifle style butt plate. Overall metal is excellent as well with about 95% bright glossy bbl, mag and forend cap blue. Receiver has a small amount of flaking but retains 90% blue on one side and about 70% on the other. Correct thumbprint dust cover. 21k serial range. Mechanics are excellent plus. Fine little gun.
Antique $ 14,950.
W1100 WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 RIFLE
Item # W1100-24-33
Cal 38-40 with scarce special order 32" oct bbl and full length mag tube. Orig sights include German silver inlaid blade front sight, 2-leaf flip up rear sight and scarce thick base Lyman 73 marked folding tang sight. Gun is in fine condition. Much better than usual. 75-80% bbl and mag blue. Receiver has about 50-60% orig blue turning a plum/brown. Wood retains most orig varnish with a rifle style butt plate and a few usual hunting dings. Very fine original gun with crisp action and orig dust cover. Complete with Factory Letter.
Antique $ 11,750.
WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 MUSKET
Item # 8713-24-45
Overall gun is in exc cond with 75% bright blue on bbl, the balance having flaked; most all the blue remains on the mag tube, vivid case colors on the hammer and lever. Exc wood with a few light handling mars. Nice, clean, sharp little gun that has been used very little; the loss of blue is just simply due to flaking.
Antique $ 4,975 .
FANTASTIC WINCHESTER MODEL 1873, 3RD MODEL PISTOL GRIP DELUXE RIFLE IN 44-40
Item # 8391-24-52
Mint bore, orig sights, orig 24" full octagon bbl, full length magazine tube, orig pistol grip checkered walnut stock and a rifle style buttplate. Overall gun is in absolutely fantastic cond retaining nearly all of the orig vivid bright case hardening; vivid case colors still remaining on the buttplate, hammer and lever. Bbl retains most all the blue with some very slight toning, orig wood retains most varnish with some handling mars. Hard to improve upon.
Antique $ 75,000 .
W1131 WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 MUSKET
Item # W1131 -24-22
Cal 44-40. Orig sights. Mint bore. Wood is in excellent cond with just a few light handling marks. Bbl retains 95-96% bright blue. The receiver is somewhat flaked and retains about 50% blue on one side and just traces on the other. Crisp action and orig dust cover. The gun has seen very little use.
Antique $ 4,500.
W1201 22 CALIBER WINCHESTER 1873
Item # W1201 -24-39
This 73 is in cal 22 long. All 73's are hard to come by now days and the 22 long especially so. This is a good looking gun with most finish remaining. Receiver has quite a bit of orig blue with some age showing. Bbl likewise with most finish remaining. There are some scratches and marks on the bbl. Good bbl address and other markings. Butt stock is shows some use but is in good overall cond as is the forearm. This gun has a VG bore which is way above average for a 73 22 cal. Good addition to any 73 or Winchester collection.
Antique $ 4,100.
W1135 WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 RIFLE
Item # W1135 -24-32
Cal 38-40. 24" full round bbl with full length mag tube. Sheared hunters front sight and typical buckhorn rear sight. Wood is in VG cond with just a few light handling mars. Considerable aount of orig varnish remains. Rifle style butt plate. Bbl and mag retain about 20% orig blue turning a plum color. Receiver pretty much the same. Crisp tight action. Orig dust cover. VG shootable bore that could benefit from a good cleaning.
Antique $ 3,150.
WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 DELUXE RIFLE IN .44-40
Item # 7203-24-18
Early 2nd Model rifle with a 24 half octagon barrel, button magazine, pistol grip checkered wood is excellent+ with sharp rifling and most all original varnish remaining; complete with correct shotgun style butt. Overall gun is in superb condition with 95%+ bright vivid case colors and most lacquer still remaining over the case colored frame; 95% barrel blue-slightly toned but still excellent+. Hard to improve upon this one!
Antique $ 57,500 sale pending.
W859 VERY INTERESTING WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SRC
Item # W859 -24-47
This gun appears to have been hit on the buttplate by a bullet. There is a chip out of the stock that has been replaced. Also a big chip out of the buttplate measuring about 3/4" X 1/2". A bullet is the only logical explanation. The repair was done in a crude fashion and has since aged considerably. Overall metal is an aged plum/brown patina. Some pin prick rust here and there. Traces of blue in protected areas. Dark bore would benefit from a good cleaning. Correct dust cover. Buttstock is pretty much sound except where the repair has been made. Late markings. Correct ladder rear sight. Very interesting Western type gun that I'm sure saw some action!
Antique $ 2,500.
WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SRC
Item # W603 -24-43
Cal 44-40. Original sights and a mint bore. Overall gun is probably the finest 73 I have ever personally owned. 98%+ bright lustrous blue overall. Correct dust cover. Wood is excellent+ with only a couple very minor handling mars. Carbine style buttplate retains about 75% of case colors. Hammer and lever show nearly all vivid case colors. A couple of tiny scratches on the right hand side of the receiver. Other than that it is nearly as new condition. Excellent+ inside and out!
Antique $ 31,000.
W681 WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 44 SRC
Item # W681-24-51
Nice action with a fair to good bore. Bad new on this gun is that it has had some use and abuse. All the metal has been painted a flat black. Stock is some kind of a modified stock but it does fit quite well. Also it has seen some modifications and is rather short on the top. Saddle ring is present. Dust cover is missing. If you ever wanted a 73 44 SRC for not a lot of money, this is it.
Antique $ 1,795.
WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SPECIAL ORDER RIFLE
Item # W765 -23-194
Cal 32-20. Unusual 28" half oct bbl and full length mag tube. This gun features uncheckered pistol grip plain grain Walnut without pistol grip cap. Rifle style buttplate. VG shootable bore. Orig sights. Good sharp markings and good corners. Crisp tight action. Receiver has generous traces of case colors in protected areas with balance turning a nickel color. Complete with set trigger.
Antique $ 11,500.
BEAUTIFUL WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 DELUXE PISTOL GRIP CHECKERED RIFLE
Item # W611 -24-53
Cal 38-40 with special order 24" half oct bbl and full length mag tube. Buckhorn rear sight, combination Lyman flip up ivory bead front sight and thick base folding tang sight with 2-1/2" staff. Original checkered 2X dlx grade wood is excellent+ with most original varnish and sharp checkering. Rifle style buttplate has about 75% vivid case colors. Bbl and mag retain about 97% bright blue. There appears to be a couple spots of blood towards the mag band on the bbl. Receiver retains virtually all case colors starting to lighten a little at the bottom. Beautiful gun! Single set trigger. Factory Letter of Authenticity. Originally in the McCluskey collection from Denver.
Antique $ 67,500.
W586 WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 RIFLE
Item # W586 -24-46
Round bbl. 32 cal. Standard configuration with full length mag tube and crescent butt. This 264,XXX serial range gun is beautiful. Most lustrous blue remains on receiver. Bbl also has most blue which is starting to turn. Buttstock is in nice condition. Does have a slight crack coming off the toe. Forearm is also in nice condition with no cracks. Ample case colors remaining on hammer and lever. Good looking rifle!
Antique $ 4,500.
73 SRC IN CALIBER 32-20
Item # W209-23-191
Good markings. Good functioning action with correct dust cover. 73 marked folding combination carbine rear sight. Original wood consists of a rifle style buttplate which I believe is correct to the gun and original forearm which has been shortened about 1" . Overall gun looks pretty good with a clean plum/blue/brown patina coloration. Good functioning action. Scarce gun!
Antique $ 2,575.