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.
W348 INTERESTING PRESENTATION WINCHESTER
Item # W348
1876 oct bbl rifle, full length mag and crescent buttplate. This gun was presented by R.A. Castleman to J. Hunter December 25, 1885. A brass presentation plaque is on the right side of the buttstock which is in very fine condition. This is a high condition gun with most bbl blue remaining. Just some light wear to the high points of the octagons. Receiver also retains most blue. One mar across the loading gate and light wear at the carry point. Inside is just as nice. Cal 40-60. Complete with a Factory Letter.
Antique $ 14,750.
W433 1876 WINCHESTER
Item # W433
Nice standard feature gun with 28" oct bbl, full length mag and crescent buttplate. Cal 40-60. Good looking rifle that has aged gracefully. Bbl is a blue/ antique brown with blue in protected areas. Mag tube is a medium brown. On top of the bbl is a flip up ladder sight which was changed sometime in its life. It is an original Winchester sight. Front sight is a post with bead. Exceptionally good bore. Nice wood. Good fitting. Receiver has nice blue in protected areas. Smooth metal with an aged patina. This is a good honest Winchester 76!
Antique $ 4,100.
W193 WINCHESTER 1876 OCTAGON BARRELED RIFLE
Item # W193 -26-62
Cal 40-60. Full length mag tube. Crescent butt. Mostly a brown patina to the bbl and brown/grey on the mag tube. Receiver is mostly the same with an aged patina. Nice metal and good markings. Ladder style 1876 sight. Rocky Mtn front sight. Dust cover has a line on it that looks like it has been filled into it. Also on the receiver bridge is a line. Maybe for sighting? On the right side is an inletted brass piece. I really don't know what that was for. Bore is dirty and appears to be pitted. With a good cleaning it probably would be about fair. Wood is nice fitting. A good looking old Winchester. Fairly priced.
Antique $ 2,975.
W1478 1876 WINCHESTER WITH CASE COLORED FRAME
Item # W1478-25-61
A rare feature on the 76 coming from the factory with a case colored frame. The colors have aged and have mostly turned a grey color. This is a high cond gun and bbl blue is pretty much all there with some light wear. Cal is 45-60. It is a 2nd model with set trigger. Good looking wood that fits good to frame and tangs. A coat of oil has been added years ago. Bore is in the VG range. Nice action. Solid gun.
Antique $ 7,750.
W1121 1876 WINCHESTER RIFLE
Item # W1121 -26-67/74
Cal 40-60. Oct bbl, full mag tube and crescent buttplate. Good looking gun with quite a bit of finish remaining. Nice blue on the receiver with some wear in spots. Bbl about the same. Nice sharp octagons. Good markings. Added bonus of a VG+ bore. Orig dust cover. Rear ladder sight. Rocky Mtn blade front sight which looks like it has been modified slightly. Wood is in VG cond. Something strange about it is they have put some sort of coat of protectant over both the metal and the wood. This is a good solid 1876!
Antique $ 6,500.
W1620 WINCHESTER MODEL 76 RIFLE
Item # W1620-26-72
Cal 50 express. Orig 26" full round bbl and full length mag tube. Orig sights. Bright shiny bore with just a few minor pits. Orig wood. Considerable amount of orig varnish remaining. Areas of some dark and may be oil soaking. Not sanded or undersized. Complete with scarce rifle style buttplate. Almost all of these were shotgun style buttplate. Very fine orig gun. Retains about 75% thinning bbl blue. Receiver has about 80% thinning blue. Crisp tight action. Correct dust cover marked "Winchester Express 50 cal 95 grs". Rare gun!
Antique $ 15,500.
W1621 1876 WINCHESTER RIFLE
Item # W1621 -26-73
Round bbl in cal 45-60, full length mag tube and crescent buttplate. A good looking old Winchester with an aged blue/brown receiver. Bbl has more blue but aging also. A couple of little nicks and dings towards the muzzle. Mag tube is more of a brown/grey color. Wood is quite dark but in pretty good cond. A little shy at the tang. Missing a slight chunk in the upper left corner. Normal scratches and dings. Forearm cond matches the rest of the gun. Bbl has orig 1876 ladder sight and Rocky Mountain blade front. Bore is good overall with no pitting. Good rifling. Normal roughness seen in these old guns. 1876 is a good collectable Winchester! Complete with Winchester Letter.
Antique $ 5,750.
8129 VERY RARE COPY OF A WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 MUSKET
Item # 8129-25-68
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.
W1119 WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 RIFLE
Item # W1119-25-69
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.
8035 WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 DELUXE PISTOL GRIP RIFLE IN 45-60
Item # 8035-25-65
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.
W1042 WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 RIFLE
Item # W1042
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.
W1120 WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 RIFLE
Item # W1120 -25-63
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 # W966-25-64
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 sale pending.
W626 VERY EARLY FIRST MODEL 76 MUSKET
Item # W626 -25-66
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.
5644 WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 MUSKET WITH SABRE BAYONET IN .45-75
Item # 5644-25-67
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 # 8253-25-62
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.