SOLD FOR: $1925
Model: 1873 Sporter
Serial Number: 00208ZT73M
Year of Manufacture: 2016
Caliber: 357 Magnum – 38 Special
Markings: The left shoulder of the barrel is marked “”WINCHESTER”, “Model 1873 – – Caliber 357 Mag – 38 Spl ONLY”, and at the rear with a Winchester proof. The right shoulder of the barrel is marked “Made by Miroku – Japan – – Imported by BACO, Inc.-Morgan, Utah / Winchester is a registered trademark of Olin Corporation”. The bottom of the lifter is marked “Cal. 357/38”. The bottom of the receiver is marked with the serial number. The top of the chamber ring is marked with the Winchester proof.
Barrel Length: 24”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a globe with interchangeable sight leafs. Currently installed is a post, no additional are included. The rear sight has been removed and filled with a blank dovetail. The tang sight is an adjustable Marble’s sight with an interchangeable aperture wheel. Also included are an assortment of additional iron sights. Please see photos.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are smooth wood with a capped forearm, pistol grip, straight comb, and crescent steel buttplate. There are only a few slight and very light depression marks throughout, and just a few marks, but no splits or losses. The wood to metal fit is about perfect, and even proud at the frame. The LOP measures about 13 3/8” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate, which shows just some very light thinning around the edges. The stocks rate in about Fine-Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue & Color Case
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp and deep. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This gun retains about 97% of its metal finish. There is some very faint thinning on the leading edges of the receiver. There is some very faint scattered surface oxidation on the sides of the receiver and lever, the receiver also shows some faint scratches. The screw heads are sharp, with very slight wear. The markings are very clear and prominent. Overall, this gun rates in about Fine-Plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly and is very tight. We did not fire this gun. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This gun comes in its original serial matching box with a safety lock and the previously mentioned sights.
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. It was originally 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. This is a beautiful 1873 Sporting rifle manufactured by Miroku in Japan for Winchester. Miroku is known for producing quality and faithful reproductions of classic rifles for Winchester as well as Browning. This rifle is in about Fine-Plus condition retaining about 97% finish. The lever is light and smooth. It also comes with an assortment of iron sights. Please see our photos and good luck!