The Winchester Model 1873 rifle stands as an icon of American firepower on the open frontier that still resonates with modern collectors. This Model 1873 is a solid representative example of "The Gun that Won the West" and will be a fine addition to any collection. It is a very well cared for Model 1873 that shows honest wear and remains highly attractive. The accompanying factory letter (copy) confirms the octagon barrel in .38 caliber, plain trigger and casehardened receiver. The third model receiver features an integral dust cover rail and dust cover with serrations at the rear and has the highly sought after casehardened finish. The receiver, buttplate, hammer, lever, lever latch, trigger, and forend cap are casehardened. The barrel, magazine tube, and dust cover are blued. The loading gate is niter blue. The rifle is fitted with a silver blade front sight and a sporting rear sight. The top barrel flat is stamped with the two-line legend ahead of the rear sight and "38 WCF" at the breech. The cartridge elevator is marked "38 CAL." The upper tang is marked "MODEL 1873." The lower tang has the serial number. The forearm and straight grip stock are nicely figured plain walnut. The buttstock is fitted with a trapdoor crescent buttplate, and the butt compartment contains a four piece cleaning rod. Provenance: The Wayne Connor Collection
Fine. The barrel and magazine tube retain 60% refinished blue finish with thinning to brown on the balance and finish visible over fine pitting. 50% original blue finish remains on the dust cover. The receiver retains 40% original case colors strongest in the sheltered areas. The hammer, lever, and forend cap retain 30% original case colors. The buttplate is a smooth brown patina. 20% original niter blue finish remains on the loading gate. The wood is also fine with minor dings and scratches. Mechanically excellent. An attractive casehardened receiver Winchester Model 1873 rifle.