Manufactured in 1878, the larger caliber Model 1876 was popular among those in the West who believed .44-40 wasn't quite enough stopping power for whatever they might encounter. This example is a Second Model with dust cover guide retained by two screws and a dust cover with checkered "thumbprint" grip. The special order half-octagon barrel is marked with the two-line Winchester address/King's patent marking along. The rifle correctly lacks caliber markings, as the only caliber initially offered for the Model 1876 was .45-75 W.C.F. The upper tang is marked with the model designation, and the serial number is on the lower tang. It is fitted with a blade front sight, "1876" marked folding ladder rear sight, and a later production peep sight is mounted on the upper tang. It is mounted with a smooth forearm and straight grip stock with a trapdoor crescent buttplate. The included factory letter confirms the special order part octagon barrel as well as "lid", referring to the dust cover, and that it was received at the warehouse on 27 November 1878 and shipped on 30 November 1878 in order number 13972.
Fine, retains 50% plus of the original blue finish, 20% of the original case colors, and traces of the original niter blue on the loading gate, with the balance having thinned to mostly a smooth grey patina with numerous scattered spots of brown visible on the right side of the receiver. The wood is fine with some scattered minor handling marks and a few hairline cracks on the right of the buttstock. Mechanically excellent.
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