Merz Antique Firearms ~ Catalog of Old Guns and Related Items
The Model 1876 Winchester uses the same basic design as the Model 1873, adapted for larger cartridges. The majority of Winchester '76's are in a rifle configuration, but occasionally carbines and muskets are encountered. The 1876 carbine is unique in the Winchester lever action family, as it has a long forearm wood, which gives it the appearance of a short musket. When you see your first '76 carbine, it is easy to mistake it for a musket.
W1344 MODEL 1876 RIFLE
Item # W1344-24-61
Full oct bbl rifle, full length mag tube and crescent butt. Cal 45-60. This rifle is in the 25k serial range. Pretty good eye appeal gun with some blue remaining on the receiver. The balance is turning a pleasing antique color. Bbl is mostly brown with good markings and sharp edges. Half way down on the right hand side of the bbl and mag tube it looks like it had a spot of poor storage. Some light pin pricking in that area. Rocky Mountain blade style front sight and standard rear sight. Bore has some roughness and is in fair to good cond. Equipped with a dust cover. Wood fits good to both upper and lower tang. Forearm fits quite well. There has been a coat of some old varnish or lacquer put on it years ago. A decent looking 1876.
Antique $ 3,750.
W1119 WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 RIFLE
Item # W1119-24-73
Cal 45-60. 28" oct bbl and full length mag tube. Folding ladder 1876 marked rear sight and what appears to be the correct base front sight with an ivory blade having been installed. VG shootable bore is a little dusty and would benefit from a cleaning. Wood shows usual handling mars. Retains most orig lacquer. Slight bruises. A little discoloration to the finish on one side. Looks like it may have gotten a little close to the stove. Doesn't look any worse for wear. Rifle style butt plate. Bbl retains 75% toning blue. Mag tube is mostly a plum color. Receiver retains about 30-40% blue turning a brown color. Crisp action. Good markings. Complete with correct sliding dust cover.
Antique $ 5,975.
W1211 50 CALIBER WINCHESTER 1876
Item # W1211
This is the big bore that everyone wants! Marked on the dust cover " Winchester Express 50 cal 95 grains". A very nice rifle with oct bbl, button mag and shotgun butt. As with a lot of 50 calibers, this one did get exported and has English proof marks. Metal is VG with the receiver being a blue/grey. Bbl retains most orig blue aging some. 3-leaf express sight. Wood is VG orig cond and nice fitting. Very nice action and near excellent bore! 50 cal 76's are not easy to come by. This one one would be a good fit in a Winchester collection.
Antique $ 7,750 .
8035 WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 DELUXE PISTOL GRIP RIFLE IN 45-60
Item # 8035-24-55
Orig 28 full oct bbl, full length magazine tube, folding ladder rear sight. Orig pistol grip checkered fancy 3X walnut stocks are in generally VG cond with no splits or cracks; some minor wear to the checkering; complete with rifle style buttplate. Overall metal is in very nice cond with traces of orig finish, sharp corners, exc markings, mostly a plumish blue brown patina coloration on bbl and mag; traces of case hardening on the receiver. All orig and complete with set trigger and Cody Research Form.
Antique $ 13,500.
W392 WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 RIFLE
Item # W392
Cal 45-60. Original 28" full oct bbl and full length mag tube. Original sights include a typical Winchester front sight and a 3-leaf flip up express type rear sight. Original wood in VG condition with only a few minor mars and dings. Sound and solid with a rifle style buttplate. Special order set trigger. Mechanical condition is VG+ with crisp tight action. Overall metal is VG as well with about 60% blue remaining starting to turn plum/brown. Excellent corners and lettering. Nice clean gun with that "just out of the attic" appearance. Untouched and original with Factory Letter.
Antique $ 8,250.
W818 DOCUMENTED WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 RIFLE
Item # W818
Comes with an original tin type of the owner holding the gun on his 40th birthday. The gun was purchased by Larry Smoot from William Lee Puyey, great-grandson of Henry Puyey who was the original owner. Henry was a civil war veteran who resided in Vermilion county Illinois. Gun is in absolutely outstanding condition with about 98% vivid glossy blue. Excellent case colors on the hammer and lever. The wood is perfect. Mint bore. Original sights. Rifle style butt. It would be nearly impossible to improve upon. The outstanding value is an added bonus that goes with this well documented gun.
Antique $ 17,500 .
W1120 WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 RIFLE
Item # W1120 -24-56
Cal 45-60. 28" round bbl and full length mag tube. Folding 76 marked ladder rear sight and typical Winchester front sight which has the blade replaced with a brass blade. Very nice bore. Sharp rifling and semi-bright. Wood has a considerable amount of orig varnish with just a few mars and dings. No splits or cracks. Rifle style butt plate. Overall metal is very nice with about 10-20% bbl and mag blue. Receiver has about 30-40% thinning blue turning plum. Crisp tight action. Complete with correct dust cover and Factory Letter.
Antique $ 5,950.
THE STORY OF THE WINCHESTER 1 OF 1000 AND 1 OF 100 RIFLES
Item # 6B
A great new book by Ed Lewis. "A comprehensive guide to Winchester's dream rifles. No Winchester enthusiast can afford to do without this essential new reference! • Includes critical information that will help identify valuable rarities and avoid fakes. • Learn what makes these Model 1873 and Model 1876 rifles special and why they were made. • Enjoy the colorful stories behind these premium weapons, which were often the prized possessions of Western characters like cowboys, cattlemen, trick shooters, rustlers, state coach drivers and outlaws. • 500+ color photos • Serial number tables." 176 pages, hardcover.
No License Required $ 50.
W966 WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 DELUXE PISTOL GRIP RIFLE
Item # W966-24-57
Cal 45-60. Orig 26" half oct bbl and special order button mag. Orig checkered 3X grade fancy dlx burl wood retains a considerable amount of varnish. A few minor mars and dings but sound and solid. Complete with rifle style buttplate. Receiver has just traces of case color in protected areas. Has turned mostly a silver color. Bbl has toned to a light plum/brown with traces of blue. VG shootable bore. Orig sights include an 1876 marked ladder rear sight. Nice looking orig gun with correct dust cover and crisp tight action.
Antique $ 11,250.
W736 WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 RIFLE
Item # W736-24-72
Cal 45-60. 28" full oct bbl and full length mag tube. Orig sights include folding ladder 76 marked rear sight. Bright shiny bore with sharp rifling. Would benefit from a good cleaning and may clean up to excl. Wood has a few light handling mars but is sound and solid with most orig varnish and rifle style buttplate. There is a couple of gouges on the forearm as well as some marring on the back of the stock. Does not detract from the gun. Overall metal has sharp corners and excl markings. Crisp tight action. Orig dust cover. Gun retains about 65% overall bright blue with some flaking on the receiver. Nice clean gun.
Antique $ 6,500 sale pending.
7029 BEAUTIFUL WINCHESTER 1876 DELUXE RIFLE IN .50-95
Item # 7029-24-64
22" round barrel, button magazine, 85% lustrous barrel blue remaining, the balance turning plummish, considerable vivid case colors remain on frame, hammer and lever; generous amount of protective lacquer is present as well. Fine+ checkered deluxe pistol grip stocks retain most all original lacquer, original steel shotgun style buttplate, dustcover correctly marked 'Winchester Express 50 Cal 95 grs'. Cody Research Form also mentions 'Inside Finish'. Super 76!
Antique $ 57,500.
W626 VERY EARLY FIRST MODEL 76 MUSKET
Item # W626 -24-74
Hawaiian musket features on this gun with the cleaning rod half exposed on the left hand side of the fore wood as well as the flip up spring loaded rear sight. Serial numbers in the 3800 range. This gun was part of a small group of 76 muskets that were sent to Northwest India approximately 1878. This is the only one I have seen with this exact configuration. Quite a unique gun. It has the 2nd model thumbprint dust cover with correct sliding rail. Overall the gun is in excellent+ condition with about 90% slightly toning bbl blue and 75% toning receiver blue. Original wood has a considerable amount of original varnish with a few mars and dings. Sound with no splits or cracks. VG condition with correct carbine style buttplate as well as sling swivels. Crisp and tight mechanical condition. Hard to improve upon this early 76 musket.
Antique $ 22,500.
DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 CASE COLORED RIFLE
Item # W257-24-63
Cal 50 express. Early features are a thumb print dust cover and a 2nd model style checkering on the forearm. 22" full round bbl and button mag. Early sights. Great bore. Original pistol grip checkered Walnut stock is in excellent condition showing very little use if any. Complete with a shotgun style steel buttplate which retains about half of the original blue. Overall gun is in excellent+ condition retaining 94-95% bright shiny blue as well as 95% vivid case colors on receiver and forend cap. Beautiful little gun! Hard to improve upon, especially in a 2nd model. Guaranteed all original and comes with Factory Letter of Authenticity.
Antique $ 67,500.
WINCHESTER 76 DELUXE RIFLE
Item # 9291A-24-58
Cal .45-60 with original 28" full oct bbl and a button mag. Original sights include a gold gilded folding Beeches combination front sight, an 1876 marked ladder folding rear sight as well as a Winchester tang sight. Overall gun is fantastic condition with 75% vivid case colors on the receiver slightly toning towards the front. The forearm cap retains virtually all case colors as does the buttplate. Original pistol grip 3X grade wood. Checkered deluxe grade wood is in excellent condition with most original varnish and some normal light compression mars from hunting use. No splits or cracks. Complete with correct sling swivels. Bbl retains a considerable amount of original blue slightly toning towards the front and turning brown. The receiver has some fine pin prick pitting but still retains a considerable amount of original lacquer covering the case colors. Complete with set trigger. Hard to improve upon. Excellent inside and out! A true investment grade Winchester with matching Cody Research Form.
Antique $ 39,500.
8743A WINCHESTER MODEL 76 RIFLE
Item # 8743A-24-71
Cal 45-60. Factory Letter states the gun was shipped out in a round bbl 45-60 returned and was changed into a 24" full round bbl with case hardened frame, sling swivels and a 2X deluxe grade stock. Gun is guaranteed all original in fine cond with excellent bore. Bbl and mag retain 50-60% original blue turning plum. Receiver retains 30-40% thinning case colors with some darker spots of corrosion. Crisp action. Original dust cover. Original folding leaf rear bbl sight and correct front sight. All original little gun with very nice deluxe grade wood with most original high gloss lacquer on it. Complete with correct sling swivels and rifle style buttplate. A fine specimen! Complete with Factory Letter of Authenticity.
Antique $ 9,950.
WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 MUSKET WITH SABRE BAYONET IN .45-75
Item # 5644-24-68
Likely a Hawaiian Citizen Guard Musket as it went to order No. 35449 on 11/22/82. Stock is marked twice with 'S9' (Squad 9). VG+ bore, overall metal is a plum brown patina coloration with traces of blue in the protected areas. Walnut musket forearm has a couple of bayonet chop marks but is sound. Sound, serviceable buttstock as well, a coat of light varnish added to the wood, correct sights and sling swivels. Complete with sabre bayonet and Cody Research Form.
Antique $ 12,500.
8253 WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 DELUXE SPECIAL ORDER SHORT RIFLE IN 50 EXPRESS
Item # 8253-24-65
Orig 22 full round bbl, button mag, exc bore, orig sights, orig checkered fancy deluxe burl wood is in exc cond with most orig varnish remaining; complete with orig red Silver's recoil pad. Overall gun is in exc cond with 95% orig bbl blue, 50-60% orig case hardening remaining on the receiver. Fine little gun and very rare.
Antique $ 37,500.
8129 VERY RARE COPY OF A WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 MUSKET
Item # 8129-24-69
Believed to be of Belgian manufacture. 34 bbl, rifle style buttplate, sling swivels, military style rear sight. Excellent copy of a '76 Winchester in extraordinary condition with virtually all the bright shiny blue, vivid case colors on hammer and lever and the stock retains nearly all the orig varnish. Very fine little gun-the only one I've ever encountered. I've seen a lot of copies of various 73's and 92's but have never seen a copy of a '76.
Antique $ 7,800.
6608 WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 DELUXE RIFLE IN .45-60
Item # 6608-24-59
One of the finest '76 case hardened deluxes' that I've ever seen retaining 98-99% bright vivid case colors. Overall on both sides of the receiver, the wood has just very minor handling mars, virtually all of the original varnish remaining, pistol grip checkered; shotgun butt. Original 26 full round barrel, button magazine, original sights include a Beaches combination front, a folding ladder '76 marked rear and a Lyman vernier tang. Overall gun is excellent+ inside and out; guaranteed 100% all original and complete with Factory Letter of Authenticity. Rarely encountered in this condition-the best I've ever had.
Antique $ 79,000.