The included factory letter (copy) lists this Winchester Model 1876 short rifle with a 22 inch round barrel, plain trigger, checkered pistol grip stock, shotgun butt, casehardened finish and "inside finish" when it was received in the warehouse on September 30, 1885, and shipped on October 6. The letter also states the rifle was returned to the factory on July 28, 1897 by Jas. Kerr & Co. and reshipped on August 11, 1897. In the data discussed on page 253 of "The Winchester Book ," George Madis notes that only one of each 800 had a shorter than average barrel. This short rifle was later restored by Turnbull Restoration Co. to manufactured specifications with a new barrel, stock and forearm. The rifle is fitted with Winchester No. 21 front and No. 22 rear sporting sights. The barrel and receiver feature British proofs at the breech. The third model receiver is fitted with a set trigger. The top of the barrel has the two-line Winchester legend ahead of the rear sight and "45-75 WCF" at the breech. The cartridge elevator is marked "45-75." The upper tang is marked "MODEL 1876." Sling eyes are mounted on the underside of the forend cap and buttstock. The forearm and pistol grip stock are select grade walnut with fine checkering. The buttstock features an ebony insert in the grip and a steel shotgun buttplate. Provenance: The Wayne Connor Collection
Very fine as professionally restored overall, retaining 99% plus of the blue and casehardened finishes with limited handling marks. Mechanically excellent.
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