Known simply as “The Gun that Won the West,” the Winchester Model 1873 Rifle stands as an icon of American firepower on the open frontier that still resonates with modern collectors, especially those with special order features such as this example which has a half octagon barrel and half magazine. The rifle is fitted with Winchester No. 21 silver insert front and No. 22H rear sights. The third model receiver features an integral dust cover rail and dust cover with serrations at the rear. The top barrel flat is stamped with the two-line Winchester legend ahead of the rear sight and "38 WCF" at the breech. The Winchester factory oval proof appears on top of the barrel and receiver at the breech. Import marked on underside of barrel. The cartridge elevator is marked "38 CAL." The upper tang has the three-line model/trade mark information. The serial number is on the lower tang. The buttstock is fitted with a trapdoor crescent buttplate, and the butt compartment contains a three piece cleaning rod (fourth piece is absent). The forearm and straight grip stock are nickel figured plain walnut. Provenance: The Wayne Connor Collection
Exceptionally fine, retaining 85% plus bright original high polish blue finish with thinning to brown on the balance and some minor handling marks. 75% original niter blue remains on the loading gate. 60% original case colors remain on the hammer, lever and buttplate. The wood is very fine with minor dings and scratches and most of the original finish remaining. Mechanically excellent. A solid example of "The Gun that Won the West" that will look great in any lever action or Old West collection.
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