SOLD FOR: $1150
Make: Stoeger, Mfg. By Uberti
Model: 1873 Short Rifle
Serial Number: W74649
Year of Manufacture: 2017 (“CS” Date Code)
Caliber: .45 Colt
Action Type: Lever Action Rifle w/ Full Length Mag Tube
Markings: The top of the barrel is marked “STOEGER-ACCOKEEK, MD-A. UBERTI-ITALY”, the left rear is marked “45 COLT”. The left side of the barrel is marked with two Italian proofs under the forearm. The bottom of the receiver is marked with two Italian proof marks and the CS 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” Half Round, Half Octagonal
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade that is dovetailed and set screwed 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 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 as well as a tiny scuff on the right side of the forearm. 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: Blue & Case Colored
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore. There is a bit of minor fouling throughout.
Overall Condition: This gun retains about 98% of its metal finish. There are light handling marks. The case coloring is ever so slightly receding from the edges of the receiver and side plate. The screw heads range from sharp to lightly tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine-Excellent 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 .45 Colt cartridge. The .45 Colt cartridge remains in use 149 years after its introduction. It is used as a hunting load on animals the size of deer and black bear. Heavier handloads will take the same range of big game animals as the .44 Magnum. A popular use for the .45 Colt today is in Cowboy Action Shooting. Uberti is known for making quality reproductions of classic firearms. This is a Model 1873 Short Rifle manufactured by Uberti for Stoeger that is in about Fine-Excellent 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!