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.