The Winchester Model 1876 became very popular in the American west, especially among those who decided that the Model 1873 just didn't provide the stopping power they desired, most famously the Northwest Mounted Police. The carbine configuration in particular provided a superior level of firepower in portable package, similar in size to its smaller cousin, the 1873. With its larger more powerful calibers, there was almost nothing on the frontier that the 1876 wasn't capable of stopping, man or beast. This example was manufactured in 1882 as a late second model, with dust cover rail retained with two screws and dust cover with serrations at the rear. The top of the barrel has the two-line address/King's patent marking in front of the rear sight (nose of the sight base covering the end of the marking) and the caliber marking at the breech. The model designation is marked on the upper tang and serial number on the lower. It is fitted with a German silver blade front sight, replacement folding ladder rear sight, and a saddle ring on the left of the receiver. Mounted with a smooth, near full-length forearm and straight grip stock with a carbine buttplate.
Good, showing significant signs of frontier use with the metal mostly a grey patina and some scattered patches of light pitting throughout and the barrel showing what may be a period touch up or applied varnish in some areas. The refinished wood is fair, showing the heavy wear, numerous scattered scratches, and chips of a western working gun, along with a few hairline age cracks. Mechanically excellent. A desirable Winchester Model 1876 carbine that has all the appearances of having experienced the American frontier first hand!
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