Manufactured in 1885, this Third Model 1873 carbine has the distinctive dust cover rail integral to the top of the receiver. It features a fixed front sight and a folding ladder carbine rear sight. The top of the barrel has the standard two line address/King's improvement patent dates ahead of the rear sight and "44 W.C.F." at the breech. The upper tang is marked "MODEL 1873" and the serial number is on the lower tang. There is a saddle ring and staple mounted on the left side of the receiver and it is mounted with a smooth walnut forearm and straight grip stock with an iron carbine buttplate with compartment
Fair. The carbine has a smooth dark gray patina overall showing a mottled brown patina on the magazine. Initials are marked on the sides of the receiver and lower tang and a few patches of minor pitting are present. The refinished wood is fair with a minor chip missing near the barrel band, a couple hairline cracks, a putty filled repair, and a couple small chips missing from the upper tang. Mechanically fine.
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