The included factory letter confirms the 26 inch octagon barrel and plain trigger as well as being received in the warehouse on August 26, 1879 and shipped on August 29, 1879 with 99 other arms to order number 16604. The second model receiver features a dust cover guide rail attached to the receiver with two screws and a dust cover with oval finger checkering. The rifle is fitted with dovetail blade front sight and an "1876" marked folding ladder rear sight. The top barrel flat has the two-line New Haven/King's improvement patent dates legend ahead of the rear sight. The lower tang has the serial number between the lever catch and screw. "MODEL 1876" is stamped on the upper tang. The rifle correctly lacks a caliber designation. The buttstock is fitted with a trapdoor buttplate (cleaning rod not included). The hammer and lever are casehardened. The loading gate has a nitre blue finish. The remaining metal surfaces are blued. The plain forearm and straight grip stock are walnut.
Fine, retaining 60% plus original blue finish with smooth brown patina on the balance. 30% original nitre blue remains on the loading gate. The hammer and lever retain 20% original case colors. The lightly sanded, re-oiled wood is very good with a chip on the forearm (right side), otherwise some scattered minor handling marks. Mechanically excellent. A highly attractive Winchester Model 1876 Rifle.
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