Manufactured in 1883 as a Third Model 1873 "trapper" carbine with integral dust cover rail, dust cover with serrations at the rear, and saddle ring and staple on the left of the receiver. The included factory letter lists the carbine with a scarce 15 inch barrel and half magazine when received at the warehouse on 26 December 1883 and shipped the next day with five other guns to order number 9791, with the special note "consigned". The included 1992 dated U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives letter lists this specific carbine by serial number as being removed from the NFA (National Firearms Act) and classified as an antique. The barrel has the standard two-line address/King's patent marking, model designation on the upper tang, and serial number on the lower tang. Fitted with a period modified pinned/block blade front sight, similar to those on standard carbines, and a standard folding ladder rear sight, as well as the special order half magazine. Mounted with a smooth forearm and straight grip stock with a trapdoor carbine buttplate (cleaning rod not included). George Madis states in "The Winchester Book" that only 36.6% of the total Model 1873 production were carbines, and of these only one out of every 1,600 had a shorter than standard barrel, and one out of every 270 had a special length magazine, making this trapper exceptionally scarce. Also included is documentation indicating that this carbine was formerly part of the Robert Wyatt collection.
Good, retains traces of original thinned blue finish in sheltered areas with the balance mostly a smooth grey patina, as is typical of these hardworking carbines. The front sight is heavily battered with modified blade. The lightly sanded and revarnished wood is also good with some minor dings and scratches scattered throughout and two hairline cracks in the forearm. Mechanically excellent. This is a great opportunity to add a rare and desirable Model 1873 trapper carbine to your Winchester collection!
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