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Win73 08-25-2011 01:15 AM

Model 1873 Winchester (Requested thread)
These are pictures of my Model 1873 Winchester. It is a standard sporting rifle with 24 inch octogon barrel and full length magazine. It is .38 WCF (.38-40) caliber. It has a cavity in the butt stock for a cleaning rod. Per letter from Winchester, it was shipped from the factory on Nov.7, 1891.

It was passed down to me from my father. He bought it about 1930 when he was about 18. A cousin had bought it and paid $8 for it. He got in a tight for money and sold it to Dad for $5. The cousin tried for decades afterward to buy it back but Dad would not sell it. Incidently that $5 was almost a weeks pay for Dad. He was making 15 cents an hour working on a highway building crew.

During almost the first century of its life it received no special treatment. It was a working gun. I remember as a kid growing up on the farm that it just stood in the corner with the rest of the guns. It was used whenever needed for whatever needed. I wish I knew the story of its first 40 years of life, but as I said, I don't pick up its story until about 1930.

Win73 08-25-2011 01:19 AM

Here are three more pictures. It would only let me put four in the first post.

CA357 08-25-2011 01:54 AM

If only it could talk. Thanks for the pics and the information and thanks for preserving a little piece of history, both for your family and the rest of us.

BTW, the tiger striping on the stock is beautiful.

Txhillbilly 08-25-2011 03:13 AM

That is a beautiful 1873,and thanks for telling about it's history in your family.

Trez 08-25-2011 02:45 PM

Thanks Win73... :D
My Winchester 1895 was a old ranch rifle I found in pieces when I inherited my dads collection... Ive been trying to find out the history on it though identifying the brand burned into the stock, but to no avail...

Ive come to the realization that the gun is older than the state of Arizona, and if it originally came from AZ, it was still a territory and records may be hard to find...

Man, I wish these old guns could talk!!!

canebrake 08-25-2011 02:55 PM

That's a great piece of American Heritage!

Guns with that providence can not be assigned a monetary value.

I know, I have a few and they are priceless!

quigleysharps4570 08-25-2011 07:00 PM

Great rifle.

Win73 08-26-2011 01:26 AM


Originally Posted by Trez (Post 569621)
Man, I wish these old guns could talk!!!

Trez, I agree with you 100%! I would love to know what my '73 was doing during those 40 years of its life before I picked up its story. It could have just been standing in someone else's corner. But I doubt it. That period from 1891 to 1930 was still pretty rough in some parts of the country.

And wouldn't it be wonderful if I could tie it to Cousin Wes (John Wesley Hardin, he was my third cousin, four times removed). Time wise it is possible. The '73 was made in 1891, Hardin was killed in 1895.

Or even if I could tie it to my outlaw inlaw, Ed O'Kelley (I'm related to him by marriage, not blood), that killed Bob Ford. That would be less of a stretch than Hardin. O'Kelley wasn't killed until 1904 and he spent part of his life in the same area where I grew up. In fact, one of O'Kelley's brothers was still alive when I was a kid.

The very last activity that my '73 engaged in was four years ago. I shot a deer with it. A good friend and I followed that deer's heavy blood trail for over 500 yards before we lost it. We looked for over two hours but could not find the deer. I hated to lose it for two reasons. First I just hate to lose a wounded animal and second because I really wanted to bag a deer with the old '73.

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