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RARE WINCHESTER FIRST MODEL 1876 SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN 1089. Cal. 45-75. Standard grade carbine with 22″ rnd bbl, full magazine, barleycorn front sight & 2-position flip rear sight graduated to 500 yds. Left side of receiver has a stud and ring. Mounted with uncheckered, nicely figured, slab sawed American walnut with full length forearm & straight stock that has carbine buttplate without trap. Forearm has a metal tip and sgl band retained by a spring keeper. Receiver is the rare first type without sliding dust cover, referred to as “open top”. Open top Models ’76 are quite scarce, there having been only about 3,000 produced in the first two yrs of production in rifles, carbines & muskets. The ’76 carbines were extremely popular being the first big bore repeater with a substantially more powerful cartridge than had previously been available. They were especially well received on the American frontier, the Northwest Territories, Alaska & the American North woods for big game such as moose, elk, buffalo & grizzly bear. The cartridges previously available, while sufficient for most game at shorter ranges were generally inadequate for this larger, more dangerous game. The vast majority of these first models usually were hard used & are rarely found with any orig finish. PROVENANCE: Woody Frey Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Bbl retains about 97-98% glossy orig blue with light muzzle edge wear, a few small spots of rust toward the muzzle & 3-4 spots of over the chamber area. Receiver retains 95-97% strong orig blue with some minor sharp edge wear and slight dulling of the front side flats along with a few small chemical spots on the left side. Hammer retains strong, bright case colors and the lever bright case colors on the sides, fading on outer faces. Buttplate retains strong case colors, worn to silver on the heel. Wood is sound with a few light nicks & scratches & retains about all of it’s bright, orig oil finish. Mechanics are crisp. Brilliant, shiny bore, may be unfired. 4-48423 JR171 (15,000-25,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2013
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