This is extremely fine Winchester Model 1876 Saddle Ring carbine was manufactured in 1881. This carbine has the Second Model receiver with screw-fastened dust cover rail and dust cover with serrated rear edges. The carbine has the distinctive full-length walnut forearm and long fore end tip. The barrel has a steel block front sight and folding leaf rear sight graduated to "10" and marked "1876" on the top of the leaf. A staple-mounted saddle ring is located on the left side of the receiver. The fore end tip, barrel, barrel band, receiver, and dust cover have the Winchester charcoal blue finish. The loading gate is fire blue. The hammer, lever, trigger and carbine style buttplate are color casehardened. The stock and forearm are straight grain American walnut with an oil finish. The left side of the barrel is stamped with British "Crown/CP", "Crown/V" and Nitro proofmarks just ahead of the receiver. A "Crown/V" inspection mark is stamped on the upper left side of the receiver. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped: "WINCHESTER's-REPEATING-ARMS. NEW HAVEN. CT./KING'S-IMPROVEMENT-PATENTED-MARCH 29. 1866. OCTOBER 16. 1860." in two lines between the barrel band and the rear sight. "MODEL. 1876." is roll-stamped in fancy letters on the upper receiver tang. The serial number is stamped in script numerals on the lower tang between the lever latch and the rear tang screw. There are correctly no caliber markings on the barrel and the cartridge elevator.
Exceptionally fine. The carbine is all original and retains 85% plus of the original blue finish. Wear is limited to a one-inch area of finish loss and light pitting on the left side of the barrel at the junction with the forearm mid-way between the barrel band and the forearm tip and some small and scattered spot of finish flaking on the right side of the receiver and side plate. The loading gate has 80% of the original nitre blue finish. The case colors are thin on the left side of the hammer. The bottom of the lever and contact points of the buttplate shows patches of age discoloration. The Winchester markings on the barrel and upper tang are clear. The British proofmarks are crisp. The stock and forearm are both in excellent condition and retain most of the original finish. Wear is limited to a few scattered and minor storage and handling marks. Model 1876 carbines are scarce. This is an exceptionally fine example of a Winchester Second Model 1876 Saddle Ring Carbine.
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