Model: 1/2 Round model 1873, confirmed by Cody Letter.
Serial Number: 99214A
Year of Manufacture: 1882
Caliber: .44-40 WCF 9Winchester Center Fire)
Action Type: Lever Action Rifle, Tubular Magazine
Markings: The barrel is marked “Winchester Repeating Arms New Haven Ct. / King’s Improvement Patented March 29. 1866. October 16. 1860”. The upper tang is marked “Model 1873”. The lower tang is marked with a “4” and “99214A”.
Barrel Length: About 24 1/4″ to the bolt face.
Sights / Optics: This rifle is mounted with a dovetail set front blade and a dovetail set rear leaf and elevator , with elevator present.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are original finish smooth wood nicely grained. There are numerous scattered dings and marks, with a chip at the underside rear of the forearm and the right side of the stock, at the buttplate. The wood is honest and sound showing natural age, original finish and a good fit. The LOP measures 12 3/4″. The stocks rate in about Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue / Case Color Hardened
Finish Originality: All original finish is gone.
Bore Condition: The bore is a mix of bright and erosion and the rifling is present and reasonably deep the entire length. There is scattered pitting and erosion, the bore rates about 4 out of 10. .
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 0% of its metal finish. There is a general drift to patina throughout the rifle, with scattered erosion. There is pinprick erosion on the frame flats and the barrel, with some heavier on the receiver ring. The patina is a bit mottled, but apparently natural. The barrel edges are sharp and the patina and erosion on the octagonal portion and round portion of the barrel match. This rifle has a great frontier appearance. The Screw heads are surprisingly sharp, with a small amount of wear. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This rifle comes with a Cody letter, confirming 1/2 Octagonal Barrel, Casehardened Finish and 9/2/1882 Shipping date.
Our Assessment: This is the “gun that won the west” just ask Jimmy Stewart – and like a Colt Single Action, seeing a Winchester 1873 conjures up images of the frontier and the taming of the West. This is the era that truly gave America its identity. This rifle is as honest as could be hoped for (definitely showing its age) and is a rare special order rifle. The appearance is great, the condition is solid and not only will this rifle look good in your collection, but you could probably shoot it too. This is just a solid and honest special order rifle, confirmed by the letter.
Sold For: $2,610.00