SOLD FOR: $1475
Make: Taylor’s & Co., Mfg. By Uberti
Model: 1873 Trapper
Serial Number: W53481
Year of Manufacture: 2014 (CM Date Code)
Caliber: .357 Magnum
Action Type: Lever Action Rifle w/ Full Length Mag Tube
Markings: The top of the barrel is marked “TAYLOR’S & CO. WINCHESTER VA-A. UBERTI ITALY”, the rear left shoulder is marked “357 MAG.”. The bottom of the receiver is marked with two Italian proof marks and the “CM” date code. The upper tang is marked “MODEL. 1873.”. The lower tang is marked with the serial number and “A. UBERTI-ITALY”.
Barrel Length: 18”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a brass beaded blade that is dovetailed to the barrel. The rear sight is a semi-buckhorn square notch elevator sight that is dovetailed to the barrel.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are checkered wood with a capped forearm, pistol grip, straight comb, and a crescent blue steel buttplate. The wood shows just a few sparsely scattered faint lines. 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 hardly and wear. The stocks rate in about Fine-Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: 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 faint scratches on the bottom of the magazine tube. The case coloring is ever so slightly receding from the edges of the receiver and shows light muting on the right side. There are some light scratches on the left side of the receiver. The lever shows a few faint scratches. The screw heads are sharp. 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: This rifle comes with a serial matching box paperwork including the manual.
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 Trapper Rifle manufactured by Uberti for Taylor’s & Co. that is in about Fine-Plus condition with a solid bore. This rifle has a short stroke kit, improved trigger work, and a light weight follower. 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!