Original U.S. Winchester Model 1873 .38-40 Rifle with Octagonal Barrel made in 1889 - Serial 305322B
Original Item: Only One Available. "The Gun that Won the West!" This wonderful frontier worn rifle is in .38-40 caliber, correctly marked with .38 W.C.F. on the chamber and 38 CAL. on the brass carrier block. It features a desirable 24" octagonal barrel and full-length magazine tube. As with all examples, it is marked MODEL. 1873. on the upper receiver tang. Features the classic front sight and an iconic "buckhorn" rear adjustable sight. The serial number is 305322B denoting the year of manufacture as 1889. The engraving on the top of the barrel is fully present and still crisp:
WINCHESTER'S REPEATING ARMS. NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A.
-KING'S IMPROVEMENT PATENTED-MARCH 29.1866. OCTOBER 16.1860.-
Condition of the rifle is very good, with a lovely "frontier used" patina. The wood stocks are in good condition, though the forestock definitely shows significant wear on the left side. There are multiple dents and gouges, and it looks to have been resting on this side for some time. The butt stock is in better shape, with a few cracks and rust damage towards the butt plate. There is also a very nice white metal escutcheon on the right side, which is unmarked. The metalwork has a worn plum patina, with areas of light peppered oxidation. It does look to have been exposed to moisture or dampness at some point, which has left light pitting in areas on the left side of the barrel. The crescent butt plate has a working storage compartment, which is currently empty.
Very crisp tight action in fully functional condition with the original dust cover. The rifle cycles well and dry fires, with no sticking we can feel. The bore shows clear rifling, with a partly bright finish. There are a few areas of oxidation and wear, but it still rates at about 7-8 out of 10. It does not look to have been fired excessively during its service life, and was cleaned afterwards.
A very nice example of an iconic gun with a lovely patina, ready to 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.
Year of Manufacture: 1889
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
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Note: This gun is NOT considered obsolete calibre in the UK.
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