Manufactured in 1875. This First Model 1873 Winchester carbine features the distinctive dust cover held in place by grooved guides on either side of the top of the receiver, checkered oval finger grip on top of the dust cover and the lever latch with the visible screw threads. The top of the barrel is marked with the two line address/Kings Improvement patent dates ahead of the rear sight, the upper tang is marked "MODEL. 1873" and the serial number is marked on the lower tang. The rifle is correctly absent of caliber markings. Front sight integral with the barrel band and two leaf folding rear sight. Full length magazine tube, blue finish with casehardened hammer and lever and mounted with a smooth walnut forearm and straight grip stock with a carbine buttplate, with buttstock compartment (cleaning rod not included).
Good. The carbine has a mixture between a smooth dark brown patina and a mottled gray patina. Some very scattered very mild pitting is present. The wood is also good with a long hairline crack present near the upper tang and on the forearm, a small chip missing from the forearm and some minor pressure dents and scratches. Mechanically fine.
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