Item:
ON5953

Original U.S. Winchester Model 1873 .38-40 Rifle with Octagonal Barrel linked to Garret Family - Made in 1891

Item Description

Original Item: One of a Kind. "The Gun that Won the West!" This fine rifle is in .38-40 caliber (marked .38 WCF) with a 24" octagonal barrel and full-length magazine tube. Features the classic front sight, with the rear sight having been removed when it was fitted with a wonderful rear "peep" sight . The serial number is 386566B denoting the year of manufacture as 1891. The engraving on the top of the barrel is quite clear, one of the best we have seen:

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, a with a few dings, small chips, and minor imperfections but retains much of the original finish, and are a very attractive dark red/brown color.  Barrel and action retain much original brown/blue finish, with small areas of past pitting. Features a crescent butt plate with working storage compartment. The rifle is in overall very nice condition. Very crisp tight action in fully functional condition with the original dust cover. Bore has lands and grooves, though they are worn, and the bore is partially dark.

A great example of an iconic gun.

This particular Winchester came to us with an interesting provenance from the collector it was purchased from. It was reported to have been owned bySHERIFF PAT GARRET's younger brother ALFRED JARVIS GARRET, who lived in CLAIBORNE PARISH, LOUISIANNA, the Garret family home. Alfred Garret sold all the family guns in the 1920's to the Collector's Grand father from whom we purchased this Rifle.

The Grand father whose name was not disclosed was a CLAIBORNE PARISH SHERIFF's DEPUTY, who served between the 1920's and 1940's guarding the Louisanna State CHAIN GANG whilst building Roads etc. The vendor was very open with us about the History and we will be pleased to share his Name and E-mail address with our ultimate buyer should more research be desired.

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: 1891
Caliber: .38-40 Winchester
Cartridge Type: Centerfire Cartridge
Barrel Length: 24 Inches
Overall Length: 43 Inches

Action type: Lever Action Repeater
Feed System: 15-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.

  • This product is not available for shipping in US state(s): New Jersey

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