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DELUXE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER 2ND MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 85007. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Fine special order 2nd model rifle with 24-1/4″ oct to rnd bbl, button mag, German silver Rocky Mountain front sight, semi-buckhorn rear sight and a thick base adjustable tang sight with 4″ staff. Receiver has screwed-on dust cover rail with 3rd type dust cover and also has single-set trigger. Mounted with 2-3X, highly figured American walnut with H-style checkered forearm and black insert serpentine grip buttstock that has crescent buttplate with trap. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is marked “XX” and assembly number “4202”. Matching assembly number is found in the top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle with 1/2 oct bbl, set trigger, 1/2 magazine, checkered stock with pistol grip and case hardened, received in warehouse Apr 12, 1882 and shipped the same day to order #32276. Given that this rifle was produced in 1882 which was the height of the great westward expansion of Manifest Destiny, while the Indian Wars were still underway and repeating firearms were in great demand it is very probable that this rifle may have gone west with a pioneer or could possibly have been used by and outlaw or member of law enforcement on the frontier. Firearms of that era usually saw very hard service under harsh circumstances and are rarely found with high original finish. CONDITION: Very fine, all original. Bbl retains about 96-97% strong original blue with 3 or 4 scattered small spots of fine pinprick pitting and wear primarily on the sharp edges. Receiver retains most of its orig case colors, moderately faded with some fine surface etching on the right side plate. Lever retains about all of its orig case colors, strong and bright on the sides, moderately faded on the outer faces. Hammer retains strong case colors. Buttplate retains about all of its very strong case colors, turned a little silver on the tang. Wood is sound with a few scattered light nicks and scratches and retains about 96-97% bright orig piano varnish finish on the buttstock and about 60% on the forearm with the balance turned dull from hand wear. Checkering shows light to moderate diamond point wear. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shine bore, may have been fired, but if so, very little. Bolt face and loading gate retain most of their orig finish. 4-49303 JR240 (22,500-32,500)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2013
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