Merz Antique Firearms ~ Catalog of Old Guns and Related Items
The Winchester Model 1873 rifle is sometimes known as "The Gun that Won the West." When people think of an old cowboy gun, The Winchester '73 is usually what comes to mind. The only other firearm that rivals the Winchester 1873 in the stories of the Old West is the Colt Single Action Army Revolver, which coincidentally was also introduced in 1873.
WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SPECIAL ORDER RIFLE
Item # W765
Cal 32-20. Unusual 28" half oct bbl and full length mag tube. This gun features uncheckered pistol grip plain grain Walnut without pistol grip cap. Rifle style buttplate. VG shootable bore. Orig sights. Good sharp markings and good corners. Crisp tight action. Receiver has generous traces of case colors in protected areas with balance turning a nickel color. Complete with set trigger.
Antique $ 11,500.
WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 16” SHORT RIFLE
Item # W693A
Cal 44-40. Action still functions fairly good. Dark bore. Features orig sights. Folding ladder carbine style rear sight that I believe is correct to the gun. Wood shows a fair amount of use with some mars and dings and a crack at the wrist but sound and solid. Forearm has a pretty good gouge out of it. Overall metal has been cleaned. Fair markings. Correct dust cover. These came out of South America in a package with a number of them and they were all disassembled. This gun has a lower tang with factory records indicating it was originally on a 30" 73 carbine. Other than that this gun is all orig. Beyond a shadow of a doubt the 16" bbl is correct on this gun.
Antique $ 4,100.
BEAUTIFUL WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 DELUXE PISTOL GRIP CHECKERED RIFLE
Item # W611 -21-1
Cal 38-40 with special order 24" half oct bbl and full length mag tube. Buckhorn rear sight, combination Lyman flip up ivory bead front sight and thick base folding tang sight with 2-1/2" staff. Original checkered 2X dlx grade wood is excellent+ with most original varnish and sharp checkering. Rifle style buttplate has about 75% vivid case colors. Bbl and mag retain about 97% bright blue. There appears to be a couple spots of blood towards the mag band on the bbl. Receiver retains virtually all case colors starting to lighten a little at the bottom. Beautiful gun! Single set trigger. Factory Letter of Authenticity. Originally in the McCluskey collection from Denver.
Antique $ 67,500.
WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 RIFLE
Item # W662-21-24
Cal 38-40. Special order 26" full oct bbl and full length mag tube. Original sights. Near excellent bore. Original wood in VG condition with rifle style buttplate. Considerable amount of varnish with some oak oil soaking around the wrist. Overall metal is VG as well with 30-40 original bright blue with the balance turned plum/brown. Sharp corners. Excellent markings. Correct sliding dust cover.
Antique $ 4,175 sale pending.
WINCHESTER 1873 OCTAGON BARREL RIFLE
Item # W118 -21-52
Cal 38. Full length mag tube. Crescent buttplate. Mostly a brownish grey appearance on both receiver and bbl. Some vise marks on the bbl. Receiver has a non original ugly screw holding the side plate on the left side. Wood is relatively good on this gun with one chip out on the upper left corner of the forearm. Bore is fair to good. May clean up. Missing dust cover. Action works good.
Antique $ 1,395.
WINCHESTER 1873 44
Item # W526 -21-61
Equipped with oct bbl, full length mag and crescent buttplate. All the desirable features that people are looking for. Inside of the oct bbl is a good bore. Coloration is blue/plum/brown both on the receiver and bbl. Smooth metal. Nice sharp octs. Good bbl address. Original rear sight looks like it has been trimmed down into a flat top style. Original dust cover. Wood on this gun is nice fitting and in VG condition. It appears to have had a coat of old style varnish applied many years ago. A decent old Winchester.
Antique $ 3,450.
MODEL 1873 WINCHESTER OCTAGON BARREL
Item # W589 -21-26
Cal 38. Full length mag. Crescent buttplate. Exceptional blue on the receiver and aging thinning blue on the oct bbl. Bright shiny bore in at least good plus condition. Action is nice. Wood fits nicely with no losses on the buttstock or the forearm. This is a way above average 73.
Antique $ 3,975.
WINCHESTER 73 SECOND MODEL RIFLE
Item # W652 -21-54
Cal 44-40. Original sights. Special order 26" full round bbl with full length mag tube. Original wood is in VG condition with a light coat of oil having been applied. Not sanded or refinished. Complete with shotgun style buttplate. Metal has turned plumish/brown patina with good traces of original finish in protected areas. Nice crisp action, Not a bad old 73 for an early second model.
Antique $ 2,575.
THIRD MODEL WINCHESTER 1873 DELUXE PISTOL GRIP RIFLE
Item # W633 -21-28
Cal 38-40. VG+ shootable bore. Original sights. Original 24" full oct bbl and full length mag tube. 3X grade wood is VG+ with basically sharp checkering and a rifle style buttplate. Bbl retains about 75% toning blue and mag tube is mostly a plum patina with traces of blue. Receiver retains about 20% case colors in protected areas. Original dust cover. Excellent functioning action. Basically a clean all original gun.
Antique $ 12,500.
SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 73
Item # W623 -21-39
30" full oct bbl. 38 ca. Full length mag tube. Original sights. Excellent bore. Original wood has a few light dings in the forearm but generally VG overall with a considerable amount of stock varnish. Traces of case colors on the rifle style buttplate. Correct original sling swivels are in tact. Crisp tight action. Correct dust cover. Nice little gun!
Antique $ 8,500.
VERY RARE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 73 RIFLE
Item # W605 -21-38
32" full oct bbl and special order case colored frame. 38 cal.Excellent bore. Original sights. This gun features the 2 bbl band retainer found on all 32" bbls. Factory Letter verifies all options including case colors and 32" bbl as well as clean polished stock. Mechanical condition is excellent with crisp tight action. Correct dust cover. Bbl and mag retain 90% original blue starting to tone slightly. Receiver has about 50% of the case color still visible. Original stocks have a few light mars and dings with some loss of finish on the forearm but still in excellent condition. Rifle style buttplate. Rarely do you ever see a 32" with a case colored frame. Unique gun!
Antique $ 18,500.
WINCHESTER 1873 LATE 3RD MODEL 38 CALIBER RIFLE
Item # W404 -21-37
24" full round bbl and full length mag tube. Gun has been used very little. Has most original stock varnish intact with a rifle style buttplate. Mechanical condition is excellent. Crisp and tight. Correct dust cover. Original sights. The third model fourth variation is a scarce variation of the Winchester 73. These guns had no case colored parts. Hammer, lever, buttplate and everything was blued. Considered kind of a parts clean up gun. 715XXX serial range in the last year of production. Bbl and mag retain 95%+ blue. Receiver retains about 94% blue with traces of brown starting to appear. Crisp corners. An un-touched gun.
Antique $ 6,500.
WINCHESTER EARLY FIRST MODEL 73 RAISED THUMBPRINT DUST COVER RIFLE
Item # W405 -21-46
24" full round bbl and full length mag tube. Fine bore. Original sights include the early first model rear sight, correct front sight and folding tang sight which I am positive has been on the gun since day one. This gun represents one of the finer specimens of this model. 95% bright receiver blue and 90% slightly toning bbl and mag blue. Original wood is excellent with very few handling mars. Most original lacquer remains. Rifle style buttplate has case colors that have turned a silvery coloration. Vivid case colors on the hammer and lever. Correct thumbprint dust cover. Mechanical condition is excellent. This gun has seen very little use and would be hard to improve upon. Beautiful gun!
Antique $ 31,500.
WINCHESTER 1ST MODEL 1873 RIFLE
Item # W123-21-47
Features the early raised thumbprint dust cover. Correct early markings. Serial number in the 600 digit range. Overall gun has been completely re-blued at one time and it looks pretty good with sharp corners. Fine functioning action. VG bore that would benefit from a good cleaning. Wood is generally very good with a small sliver missing on right hand side of the forearm about 3" long and 1/8" deep. Other than that it looks pretty good. Reasonably crisp action. Guaranteed all original and listed in the Jim Gordon book "SURVEY OF WINCHESTER 1873's" .
Antique $ 4,500 .
WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SPECIAL ORDER OCTAGON BARREL RIFLE
Item # 4223-21-62
24" full oct bbl and scarce button magazine. 32 cal. Overall metal on this gun has been completely re-finished and all corners are crisp and sharp with fine markings. Correct dust cover. Perfect except for some pin prick pitting visible on the side plates. Nice functioning action. Wood retains a fair amount of original varnish complete with a rifle style buttplate. Original sights. Not a bad looking gun with only a couple of minor blemishes where someone may have had it in a vise. Very minor. Complete with correct dust cover.
Antique $ 1,775.
WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SPECIAL ORDER 24” FULL OCTAGON BARREL AND BUTTON MAGAZINE
Item # 4227-21-70
Cal 32. VG shootable bore. Original sights. Original stock in generally good condition with no splits or cracks. A few minor dings and a chip missing where stock meets the frame. Could be easily repaired. All metal is fairly smooth and sharp with square corners and good markings. Traces of blue turned a plum/brown patina. Good looking gun. All original except where noted.
Antique $ 1,595 sale pending.
44 CALIBER WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 RIFLE
Item # 4225-21-64
Cal 44-40. Full round bbl and full length magazine tube. Original forearm in VG condition. The stock has had fairly course checkering done at the wrist and is slightly undersized. Rifle style buttplate. Overall metal is a plum aged blue/brown patina. Fair functioning action. Original dust cover. Correct sights. Under close examination it appears the magazine tube is a very good replacement. Quite reasonable for a good looking shooter.
Antique $ 1,875.
SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 RIFLE IN CALIBER .38-40
Item # 6275-21-44
Seldom seen full 26" octagon barrel with button magazine, excellent bore, 90% lustrous barrel blue, 85% bright shiny receiver blue-balance of metal is turning a plum blue coloration. Generous vivid case colors on the hammer and lever. Special order non-checkered pistol grip buttstock with a bit of extra figure; crescent buttplate. Interesting gun in fine condition in a scarce configuration. Letter.
Antique $ 7,500.
EXTREMELY SCARCE WINCHESTER MODEL 73 14 INCH SHORT RIFLE
Item # 8777-21-58
Cal 44-40. Original octagon bbl and full length mag tube. Original sights. Dark bore would benefit from a cleaning. Original wood has a crack from one end to the other on the forearm. This gun has the shortest forearm length offered by Winchester which is 7-1/4". Original buttstock is lightly refinished. Generally in VG sound condition with rifle style buttplate and trapdoor for a cleaning rod but no cleaning rod present. Overall metal is aged dark brown patina with a considerable amount of usage. Round corners. Light markings. This gun has definitely seen a lot of use but still, for as rare as it is, not in that bad of shape. Over the last 45 years I have only encountered 3 or 4 of these that will actually letter. Very scarce gun! Most of them went to South America and were completely used up. Guaranteed all original.
Antique $ 12,500.
WINCHESTER MODEL 73 FIRST MODEL RIFLE
Item # W263-21-50
Cal 44-40. Original 24" full round bbl and full length mag tube. Beaches folding combination front sight. Early first model rear sight. Excellent bore. Original wood is in excellent condition with rifle style buttplate. Traces of case colors on the buttplate as well. Overall gun retains about 90% original bright bbl blue starting to tone slightly on the receiver. Excellent case colors still remaining on hammer and lever. All original and complete with early thumb print dust cover in the 23,XXX serial range.
Antique $ 18,500.
WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 ROUND BBL DELUXE RIFLE IN 32 CALIBER
Item # 7155-21-25
Featuring very rare matted bbl. Absolutely drop-dead gorgeous wood with checkered pistol grip stock and checkered forearm, Lyman tang and orig rifle sights. This professionally refurbished rifle retains most of the dark blue finish.
Antique $ 7,500.
WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 EARLY THIRD MODEL CASE COLORED SEMI-DELUXE RIFLE
Item # W206-19-70
24" full oct bbl and full magazine tube. Original sights. Cal 44-40. Good bore. Scattered minor pitting. Definitely would improve with some cleaning. Original wood in generally VG condition rifle style buttplate. Overall metal is clean and sharp with 60-70% original toning bbl blue and mag blue. 40% thinning case colors on the receiver. Crisp sharp all original little gun complete with original dust cover.
Antique $ 9,500. sale pending.
WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 FIRST MODEL RIFLE
Item # W356-21-43
Cal 44-40. Original 24" full round bbl and full mag. Original sights. VG shootable bore. Sharp rifling. Original wood in VG+ condition with what appears to be a little linseed oil added but not sanded or undersized or refinished. Rifle style buttplate. Original set trigger. Overall metal is in VG+ condition with about 20-25% blue turning plum/brown.Missing dust cover. No signs of pitting. Nice clean little gun.
Antique $ 4,975.
DELUXE 73 STRAIGHT STOCK WINCHESTER RIFLE
Item # W267-21-36
Original steel shotgun style buttplate. Original 24" full round bbl and full mag tube with about 80% finish beginning to turn. Cal 38-40 with a VG shootable bore. Receiver retains about 20% original case colors mostly in protected areas. The remainder turning brown. Crisp tight action. Original sights include correct rear sight and a series 62 folding tang sight. Original Dlx grade uncheckered wood is in excellent condition with a few mars and dings but sound and solid. Good fitting. Nice clean original gun. Complete with a Letter of Authenticity.
Antique $ 6,500.
RARE CONFIGURATION WINCHESTER 1873 RIFLE
Item # W151-21-55
This Winchester is rare in the fact that it has a pistol grip uncapped uncheckered plain wood buttstock. Cal 32 WCF. Oct bbl, full length mag tube and crescent buttplate. Serial range is 250,XXX. Quite a bit of original blue remaining on receiver. Some wear and some flaking. Bbl has almost all original blue. Nice markings and sharp edges on the octagons. Mag tube starting to brown out. The wood that we talked about previously is in very nice condition. A great bore on this old 73 also! Original dust cover. Nice action. This rare combination is bound to fill a niche in some ones 73 collection.
Antique $ 5,750 sale pending.
WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 DELUXE RIFLE IN .44-40
Item # 7203-21-56
Early 2nd Model rifle with a 24 half octagon barrel, button magazine, pistol grip checkered wood is excellent+ with sharp rifling and most all original varnish remaining; complete with correct shotgun style butt. Overall gun is in superb condition with 95%+ bright vivid case colors and most lacquer still remaining over the case colored frame; 95% barrel blue-slightly toned but still excellent+. Hard to improve upon this one!
Antique $ 57,500.
WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 RIFLE VERY RARE CONFIGURATION
Item # 9195-21-48
Caliber 32-20 24" half oct bbl. Button magazine. Winchester sporting front sight, Lyman folding leaf rear sight and a graduated tang sight. Pistol grip deluxe wood is in VG condition with some light handling mars and dings but no splits or cracks and a very scarce checkered hard rubber shotgun style buttplate. Overall metal is about VG with traces of blue on the bbl with balance turning plum-brown patina coloration. The receiver has a considerable amount of case colors, probably 30-40%, had some rust spots lightly cleaned up at one time leaving small areas of light pitting. Basically all original and comes complete with Factory Letter.
Antique $ 7,750.
WINCHESTER MODEL OF 1873 RIFLE IN .44-40 WITH SPECIAL ORDER LONG STOCK
Item # 6682-21-67
30 full octagon barrel, full length magazine tube, very near fine bore; strong sharp rifling with minimal pitting. Generally VG wood with most original varnish, a 2" long repaired forearm crack at the front is solid; special order rifle style buttstock special ordered with a 14" pull as per Factory Letter. Metal is smooth and clean, barrel and magazine retain approximately 75% darkening blue, receiver has 40% darkening blue, the balance is a plum blue patina; traces of case colors on hammer and lever. Good lookin' 73.
Antique $ 13,750.
1873 WINCHESTER FRAME ONLY
Item # 9271-21-32
Frame has been re-case hardened retains nearly all of the new case colors. Very beautifully done definitely by a professional. It is possibly 32 cal. No side plates. No interior parts. Frame only in excellent condition.
Antique $ 750.
SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER SECOND MODEL 1873 RIFLE
Item # 9168-21-49
Special order features are half round half oct bbl, button magazine. Nice bright shiny bore with good riflings. A few light scattered pits. Overall condition is VG for the age of this gun. This is a relatively early gun in the 59,XXX serial range. It is equipped with the standard German silver front sight and very neat early style 73 rear sight with original elevator. Metal condition on the bbl is very nice with 70% thinning blue. The receiver also has quite nice blue especially on the right hand side of the gun. There are a few scratches on the receiver. Nice wood and good action. Nice 2nd Model.
Antique $ 5,500.
WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 MUSKET
Item # 8713-21-69
Overall gun is in exc cond with 75% bright blue on bbl, the balance having flaked; most all the blue remains on the mag tube, vivid case colors on the hammer and lever. Exc wood with a few light handling mars. Nice, clean, sharp little gun that has been used very little; the loss of blue is just simply due to flaking.
Antique $ 4,975 .
WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 RIFLE IN 32-20
Item # 8524-21-60
Orig 24 full octagon bbl, full length magazine, deluxe checkered rifle butt, pistol grip and case hardened. Inscribed on the left side plate is: 'Presented to H.C. Cassidy by the Gun Dept of Hibbard, Spencer and Bartlett & Co. April 1884'. All of these facts are stated in a Factory Letter dated April 19, 1884, also confirms that the factory did the inscription on the side plate. It's interesting to note that Hibbard, Spencer and Bartlett went on to become the True Value Hardware Co. Accompanying this gun is a Bowie Knife marked 'H.C. Cassidy' as well which apparently was presented to him at the same time. Overall gun is in exc cond with orig front, typical Buckhorn rear and Lyman folding tang rear sights. Bbl retains 60-70% orig blue starting to tone somewhat with sharp corners and exc markings. Receiver retains 40-50% case colors, wood is in exc cond with most orig varnish, sharp checkering, just a few light handling mars and dings; complete with rifle style buttplate. Very nice little gun. Very rare to find a Winchester documented this thoroughly from the factory. All orig throughout.
Antique $ 29,500.
WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 RIFLE
Item # 8522-21-35
With a special order 26 full round bbl, full length magazine tube, orig sights include Buckhorn rear and folding Lyman tang, mint bore. Orig wood is exc+ with a special order steel shotgun style buttplate, set trigger. Overall gun is in superb cond with 98%+ bright shiny glossy bbl and mag blue; receiver retains 97-98% vivid blue, exc case colors on hammer and lever. Fine gun, hard to improve upon. Factory Letter.
Antique $ 11,500.
FANTASTIC WINCHESTER MODEL 1873, 3RD MODEL PISTOL GRIP DELUXE RIFLE IN 44-40
Item # 8391-21-27
Mint bore, orig sights, orig 24" full octagon bbl, full length magazine tube, orig pistol grip checkered walnut stock and a rifle style buttplate. Overall gun is in absolutely fantastic cond retaining nearly all of the orig vivid bright case hardening; vivid case colors still remaining on the buttplate, hammer and lever. Bbl retains most all the blue with some very slight toning, orig wood retains most varnish with a few light handling mars. Hard to improve upon. Guaranteed all orig and complete with Factory Letter.
Antique $ 75,000.
WINCHESTER 1873 RIFLE IN 32 WCF
Item # 8242-21-21
Oct bbl, full mag, crescent butt. Brown gray receiver; brown blue bbl and mag tube. Nice smooth metal, fair bore, repaired rifle buttstock, missing trapdoor, no dustcover, period sights, a couple chunks missing on forearm. An affordable entry level '73.
Antique $ 1,150.
LONG BARRELED WINCHESTER 1873 RIFLE
Item # 8125-21-34
This is a very early 3rd Model (89K range) with a 28 round bbl in 38 Caliber. Orig unmolested gun with a pleasing blue brown patina. Good condition nice fitting wood with one small sliver missing in a top corner, correct shotgun butt. Bore is somewhat dark and may benefit greatly from a good cleaning, rifling looks good. Long bbl'd '73's are really neat!!
Antique $ 3,295.
WINCHESTER 1873 2ND MODEL DELUXE RIFLE IN .38 CALIBER
Item # 7102-21-65
28 full octagon barrel, full length magazine tube, VG bore with a small bulge in the retaining band area, original sights, barrel and mag have turned a dark plum brown patina coloration, receiver case colors have turned very dark for the most part with traces of nickelly color. Checkering has been freshened on the deluxe pistol grip stocks, generally VG walnut with a solid repair to a wrist crack, steel shotgun buttplate. With correct Cody Research Form
Antique $ 5,950.
WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 ONE OF ONE THOUSAND RIFLE
Item # W4530
Very fine, well documented, all original Model 1873 rifle. This gun was located at the time of the Universal Picture search for the 1 of 1,000 rifles that were made and later made tribute by the movie, 'Winchester Model 1873' starring Jimmy Stewart. At that time, the gun was owned by T.R. Jordan. The search took place in approximately 1950 and it was in his possession from then up until some time in the mid-70's when it was acquired by a very knowledgeable and respected collector from upper Michigan State. The gun comes complete with a Factory Letter stating it's 26 full oct barrel, full magazine, gold gilted Beaches front, correct Winchester Buckhorn rear and folding tang sights. Original wood is listed as fancy 2X grade with rifle style buttplate and is complete with original cleaning rod in the butt. This is the only one ever made with 2X uncheckered wood which exhibits intense grain right up through the wrist area which is quite unusual. Overall metal is excellent with sharp corners, fine markings, mostly a plummish blue brown patina coloration; no pits or signs of abuse, crisp action, fine bore.
$ Sold by Merz in 2005.