Manufactured in 1894 this fine Model 1873 is a third model with integral dust cover rail and dust cover with grip serrations at the rear. The barrel is fitted with a dovetail blade front sight and an elevation adjustable rear sight and is stamped with the two-line address/patent dates marking ahead of the rear sight and "44 W.C.F." at the breech. The caliber designation is also on the brass cartridge elevator: "44 CAL." "MODEL 1873" is stamped on the upper tang, and the lower tang has the serial number. The straight grip stock is fitted with a trapdoor crescent buttplate (cleaning rod not included).
Fine. 70% of the original blue finish remains overall with the balance thinning to a brown. 60% original case colors remain on the hammer, and 20% original case colors remain on the lever. 40% original niter blue remains on the loading gate. The wood is also fine with minor dings and scratches. Mechanically excellent. A solid representative example of "the gun that won the West."
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