This Winchester Model 1873 Open Top Repeating Rifle was manufactured in 1886.
The barrel displays the incised (Winchested Repeating Arms Newhaven Conn. Kings Improvment, pat. March 29th 1866, Oct. 16th 1860) Mark. With (Model 1873) incised behind the hammer & a serial number of (319008B) behind the trigger guard.
Features a manual sliding dust cover.
This .38 caliber rifle features a 24 inch Round Iron barrel. The overall length of the rifle is approx. 43 1/2 inches.
Action is currently functioning nice and tight. Scattered minor oxidation and some scratches to the stock.
The Model 73 is world-renowned as ?The Gun that Won the West.?.
Winchester rifle is a comprehensive term describing a series of lever-action repeating rifles manufactured by the Winchester Repeating Arms Company. Developed from the 1860 Henry rifle, Winchester rifles were among the earliest repeaters. The Model 1873 was particularly successful, being colloquially known as "The Gun that Won the West".
One of the most successful, and certainly one of the most famous Winchester rifles was the Winchester Model 1873, originally chambered for the 44-40 cartridge, although it was later produced in .38-40 and .32-20, all of which were popular handgun cartridges of the day. Having a common centerfire cartridge in both revolvers and rifles allowed the owner to carry two firearms, but only one type of ammunition. Interestingly, the original Model 1873 was never offered in the military standard .45 Colt cartridge.
The Winchester Model 1873 was produced in such quantities that they became a common sight in the American West, leading to the rifle being nicknamed The Gun that Won the West on account of its prevalence and versatility.