Manufactured in 1888, Third Model 1873 rifle with the integral dust cover rail and dust cover with serrated edges. Full length magazine, blade front sight and adjustable buckhorn rear sight. The barrel has the two line address/patent date marking and "44 W.C.F." The brass cartridge elevator is marked "44 CAL" and the upper tang is marked "MODEL 1873". Smooth forearm and straight grip stock with forend cap and crescent buttplate with compartment. The four piece cleaning rod is included in butt.
Good. The rifle retains traces of original blue finish with a mottled gray patina on the balance. The wood is also good with some minor handling marks. Mechanically fine.
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