Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 16: Winchester Model 1866 Lever Action Musket

Auction Date: August 26, 2022

Extraordinary Winchester Model 1866 Lever Action Musket

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $35,000 - $50,000

Extraordinary Winchester Model 1866 Lever Action Musket

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1866
Type: Musket
Gauge: 44 rimfire
Barrel: 27 inch round
Finish: blue
Stock: walnut
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 26
Class: Antique

This extraordinary Winchester Model 1866 musket was manufactured in 1877 and remains nearly as it was when it left the factory, a remarkable feat for any Winchester Model 1866, but especially so for a standard grade musket, a variation that often saw hard use. These muskets were manufactured by Winchester with an eye for military contracts, and many were made for foreign military contracts and saw battlefield use in Latin America, Europe, and Asia. This incredibly high condition Model 1866 musket has the distinctive 27 inch round barrel with 24 inch magazine and 17 inch walnut forearm secured by two barrel bands. A bayonet lug for a sword bayonet is mounted on the right side of the front barrel band. The stock has a carbine style brass buttplate with sliding trap door. Factory sling swivels are mounted on the upper barrel band and stock. The barrel has a block front sight base with steel blade, and folding leaf rear sight with 900 yard center notch and screw stop for the elevation bar. In addition to the distinctive Model 1866 brass frame and carbine style buttplate, the musket has a blue barrel, magazine, barrel bands and loading gate, and the hammer, trigger, and lever are casehardened. The straight grain American walnut stock and forearm are oil finished. The top of the barrel is roll stamped with the two-line legend "WINCHESTER'S-REPEATING-ARMS. NEW HAVEN. CT./KING"S-IMPROVEMENT-PATENTED-MARCH. 29. 1866. OCTOBER 16. 1860" between the lower barrel band and the rear sight. The serial number is stamped on the lower tang behind the trigger.

Rating Definition:

Excellent to near new showing only very limited storage wear. The barrel, magazine and barrel bands retain 98% of the original blue finish. Nearly all of the niter blue finish is present on the loading gate, the rear sight spring, and the rear sight elevator bar. The hammer, trigger, and lever retain 99% of the muted original case colors. The brass frame is excellent plus. The side plate joints are perfect, and the buttplate is in the same pristine condition as the frame. The barrel legend and serial number are perfect. The wood is excellent and shows only slight handling wear. Mechanically excellent. This is an outstanding '66 Musket. If you want an absolutely stunning Winchester Model 1866 that looks like it did when it left the factory, this is the one! One will search a long time for as fine of an example!

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