Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 7: Special Order Winchester Model 1876 Rifle with 32 Inch Barrel

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Documented Special Order Winchester Model 1876 Lever Action Rifle with Scarce Extra Length 32 Inch Barrel and Factory Letter

Estimated Price: $2,500 - $3,500

Documented Special Order Winchester Model 1876 Lever Action Rifle with Scarce Extra Length 32 Inch Barrel and Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1876
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 40-60 WCF
Barrel: 32 inch octagon
Finish: blue
Grip:
Stock: walnut
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 11
Class: Antique
Description:

Manufactured in 1885 as a Third Model with integral dust cover rail and dust cover with serrations at the rear. The top flat of the barrel is marked with the two-line address/King's patent markings and caliber marking at the breech. The model designation is marked on the upper tang and the serial number is on the lower tang. The special order, extra length, 32 inch barrel is fitted with German silver blade front and folding ladder rear sights. It is mounted with a smooth forearm and straight grip stock with a crescent buttplate which contains an included five-piece cleaning rod. The included factory letter lists the rifle in .40-60 caliber with a 24 inch octagon barrel and plain trigger when received at the warehouse on 17 December 1885, the letter then states "Returned to Russell December 22, 1886 - Octagon barrel, 32 inches, plain trigger", and shipment from the warehouse on 23 December 1886 to order number 13718. It appears this is an example of Winchester using standard warehouse stock to fulfill special orders.

Rating Definition:

Good, showing mostly a smooth brown patina, some areas along the barrel a brighter grey patina, and some scattered patches of light pitting. The upper tang screw is broken in half but both pieces are present. The wood is also good with minor dings and scratches scattered throughout and a stabilized crack in the right of the forearm. Mechanically excellent.



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