This Winchester Model 1866 Lever Action Rifle was manufactured in 1881. The rifle has an octagon barrel that is fitted with a German Silver, fixed blade front sight with set screw and a Sporting style rear sight. A Lyman folding combination rear sight with "PAT. May 6/84" dated base is mounted on the receiver tang. The rifle has an iron crescent buttplate with sliding brass trap. The barrel, magazine and forearm cap have a blue finish. The loading lever, hammer and buttplate are casehardened and the loading gate and trigger have a niter blue finish. The walnut stock and forearm have a varnished finish. The rifle is complete with a three-piece, jointed steel, cleaning rod with brass tip that was furnished with Model 1866 Rifles. The top barrel flat is roll-stamped with the two-line address: "WINCHESTER'S-REPEATING ARMS. NEW HAVEN. CT./KING'S-IMPROVEMENT-PATENTED-MARCH 29, 1866. OCTOBER 16.1860." ahead of the rear sight. The serial number is located on the lower receiver tang between the loading lever latch and the tang screw.
Very good. The rifle presents well and is attractive in appearance. The barrel and magazine have a professionally restored smooth plum-blue finish with edge wear of the barrel flats. The hammer, loading lever and buttplate have the original casehardened finish which has aged to a mottled silver gray patina. The brass receiver is in fine condition with some dents visible on the forward portion and an attractive patina overall. The side plate joints are tight. The forearm has been carefully refinished and the stock appears to retain the original oil finish. The stock is fine with minor handling wear. The barrel address and serial numbers are sharp. Mechanically excellent.
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