The accompanying factory letter lists this carbine as being chambered in .32 caliber when received in the warehouse on November 7, 1916 and shipped on May 10, 1917 to Simmons Hardware Co., St. Louis, MO. Winchester factory letters rarely provide a destination. The carbine has the Third Model receiver with integral dust cover rail and dust cover with serrated rear edges and 20-inch round barrel with full length magazine. The barrel has a steel block, carbine style, front sight and folding ladder rear sight graduated to "20". The receiver has the distinctive "step "found on rifles and carbines chambered for .38, .32 and .22 rimfire cartridges. The upper receiver tang is factory drilled and tapped. The stock has a solid carbine style steel buttplate. The barrel, magazine, barrel band, receiver, bolt, dust cover, trigger, loading gate, lever and buttplate have a blue finish. The hammer is casehardened. The stock and forearm are straight grain American walnut with a low-luster varnish or oil finish. 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. The caliber "32 W.C.F." is roll-stamped on the top of the barrel between the rear sight and the receiver. Winchester oval "W/P" proof marks are stamped on the top of the barrel and receiver. The upper receiver tang is roll-stamped: "MODEL 1873/-WINCHESTER-/TRADE MARK. REG. IN U.S. PAT. OFF." in three lines. "32 Cal" is stamped in script letters and numerals across the brass cartridge elevator. The serial number is roll-stamped on the lower receiver tang between the lever latch and the rear tang screw.
Very fine. The barrel and magazine have 97% of the original blue finish, wear is limited to a 1/8-inch dent with some surface discoloration on the right side of the barrel just ahead of the rear sight and some very fine surface scratches on the barrel and tube. The receiver exhibits 95% of the blue finish with some minor flaking around the edges of the forearm and cartridge elevator discoloration on left forward side, and some scattered finish loss on the upper and lower tang. The buttplate retains 95% of the blue finish and still shows original factory polish lines. The revarnished stock and forearm remain in fine condition with scattered nicks and dings. This is an excellent example of a scarce late production Winchester Third Model 1873 carbine.
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