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Original U.S. Winchester M1873 .44-40 Rifle with Half Octagonal Barrel made in 1888 - Serial 273321B

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Original Item: Only One Available. "The Gun that Won the West!" This very fine rifle is in .44-40 caliber with a 24" special order HALF OCTAGONAL barrel, which is faintly marked 44 W.C.F. over the chamber. Features the classic brass blade front sight and iconic "buckhorn" rear adjustable sight, with a desirable "half-length" magazine tube. The serial number is 273321B denoting the year of manufacture as 1888. The engraving on top of the barrel is still clear:

WINCHESTER'S-REPEATING-ARMS. NEW HAVEN CONN. U.S.A.
- KING'S IMPROVEMENT PATENTED MARCH 29.1866. OCTOBER 16.1860. -

Stocks are in very good condition, and are the lovely reddish-brown color of aged finished walnut. They do show wear from years of use, particularly the butt stock, which looks to have a lot of dents on one side. There are some small cracks and chips, but no major structural issues. The stock meets well with the crescent butt plate, which is in good shape with working storage compartment. 

This lever action repeater is offered with a crisp tight action in fully functional condition, with a working original dust cover. Metal work is good, with the original blue faded to a worn patina due to decades of cleaning, with just a few areas of light peppering. The bore is in very good condition, with clear lands and grooves and a bright finish with just a bit of wear and oxidation. Probably a 7 or 8 out of 10, one of the better examples we have seen.

An great example of an iconic frontier repeating rifle, with some great special order features! These are becoming increasingly hard to find on the market in nice condition. Fully cleaned and ready for display!

The Model 1873 was one of the most successful Winchester rifles of its day, gaining the reputation as "The Gun that Won the West". Still an icon almost a century and a half later, it was manufactured between 1873 and 1919. Originally chambered for the .44-40 cartridge, it was later produced in .38-40 and .32-20, all of which were also popular handgun cartridges of the day, allowing users to conveniently carry just one type of ammunition. The Model 1873 was produced in three variations: a 24" barrel rifle, 20" barrel carbine, and a musket. The easy to transport and handle carbine was the most popular, while the musket accounted for less than 5-10 percent of total production.

Due to feeding problems, the original Model 1873 was never offered in the military standard .45 Colt cartridge, although a number of modern reproductions are chambered for the round. The popularity of the original Model 1873 led Colt to manufacture .44-40 a version of the Single Action Army revolver called the "Frontier Model".

To both celebrate and enhance the Model 1873's prestige, Winchester established a coveted One of One Thousand grade in 1875. Barrels producing unusually small groupings during test-firing were fitted to rifles with set triggers and a special finish. Marked One of One Thousand, they sold for a then princely $100. A popular 1950 Western starring Jimmy Stewart, Winchester '73, was based on the coveted gun. Promotions included a search for One of One Thousand rifles by Universal Studios, with advertisements in sporting magazines and posters in sporting goods stores.

A second grade of Model 1873 barrels producing above average accuracy were fitted to rifles marked One of One Hundred, and sold for $20 over list. Approximately 136 One of One Thousand Model 1873s were sold, and only eight One of One Hundreds. In all, over 720,000 Model 1873s were produced.

The .38-40 Winchester round is actually a .40 caliber cartridge shooting .401 caliber bullets. The cartridge was introduced by Winchester in 1874 and is derived from their .44-40 Winchester. This cartridge was introduced for rifles, but in its reintroduction for Cowboy Action Shooting it has seen some popularity as a pistol cartridge. It is not particularly well suited to hunting larger game, but it was popular when it was introduced, along with the previous .44-40 Winchester, for deer hunting. It can be used successfully on smaller game animals, and for self-defense.

Specifications-

Year of Manufacture: 1888
Caliber: .44-40 Winchester
Cartridge Type: Centerfire Cartridge
Barrel Length: 24 Inches
Overall Length: 43 Inches

Action type: Lever Action Repeater
Feed System: 5-round tube magazine

Note: This gun is NOT considered obsolete calibre, so we are no able to ship to the United Kingdom. Please note that for international shipping, these MUST be shipped using UPS WW Services.

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    New Jersey


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