The '66 secured Winchester's place in the annals of the West and launched a long line of successful Winchester lever actions that remain popular to this day and still retain the basic form of the '66. This carbine example was manufactured in 1868 and certainly has the look of an Old West survivor. It is a second model with the serial number stamped on the left side of the lower tang, a single screw upper tang and a flare at the front of the receiver to meet the forearm. The carbine is fitted with a front barrel band featuring an integral front sight, two leaf rear sight, saddle ring on the left side of the brass receiver and trapdoor crescent brass buttplate (cleaning rod not included). The top of the barrel has the desirable early production two-line Henry's patent/King's patent legend marked ahead of the rear sight: "HENRY'S-PATENT-OCT. 16. 1860/KING'S-PATENT-MARCH 29. 1866".
Very good. The barrel, magazine tube and barrel bands have an "as found" pleasing smooth brown patina. A rear barrel band screw is half gone. The fine brass has an attractive appearance. The receiver has tight fitting side plates. The wood is also very good with numerous scattered minor dings and scratches. Mechanically excellent. A solid representative example of a Winchester Model 1866 saddle ring carbine with highly desirable Henry patent barrel marking.
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