Cimarron Uberti Model 1873 Short Rifle .44-40 Winchester 20″ Lever Rifle
SOLD FOR: $1031
Make: Cimarron, Mfg. By Uberti
Model: 1873 Short Rifle
Serial Number: 52971
Year of Manufacture: 1990-2022
Caliber: .44 WCF
Action Type: Lever Action Rifle w/ Full Length Mag Tube
Markings: The top of the barrel is marked “CIMARRON’S REPEATING ARMS.HOUSTON.TX.U.S.A. / -KING’S IMPROVEMENT PATENTED MARCH 29.1866.OCTOBER16.1860-”, the top rear is marked “44 WCF”. The lower left shoulder of the barrel is marked “MADE IN ITALY”. The bottom of the receiver is marked “CAT. 5987” over the Uberti logo to the rear of the lifter. The upper tang is marked “MODEL. 1873.”. The lower tang is marked with three Italian proofs and the serial number.
Barrel Length: 20”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade that is dovetailed to the barrel. The rear sight is a semi-buckhorn V-notch elevator sight that is dovetailed to the barrel.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are smooth wood with a capped forearm, straight grip, straight comb, and a crescent blue steel buttplate. The wood shows just a few sparsely scattered faint lines and shallow compressions. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 1/8” from the front of the trigger to the end of the plate. The plate shows faint wear. The stocks rate in about Fine-Plus overall condition.
Type of Finish: Fire Blue & Case Colored
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This gun retains about 97% of its metal finish. There are some infrequently scattered nicks and faint scratches on the barrel and magazine tube. The case coloring is ever so slightly receding from the edges of the receiver and side plate. The lever shows a few faint scratches. The screw heads range from sharp to lightly tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine-Plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The lever safety and lock are present. We have not fired this rifle. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be required to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: The Model 1873 was one of the most successful Winchester rifles of its day, with Winchester marketing it as “The Gun That Won the West”. Still an icon in the modern day, it was manufactured between 1873 and 1923. This example is chambered for the .44-40 cartridge, which was the first centerfire cartridge and which became immensely popular. The 1873 was later produced in .38-40 and .32-20, all of which later became popular handgun cartridges of the day, allowing users to carry just one type of ammunition. Uberti is known for making quality reproductions of classic firearms. This is a Model 1873 Short Rifle manufactured by Uberti for Cimarron that is in about Fine-Plus condition with a solid bore. The previous owner made sure to properly maintain this rifle as it is shown through the smooth mechanics and bright bore. Please see our photos and good luck!