M1873 Winchester Lever Action Repeating Rifle, Second Model, .44-40 WCF, mfg. 1880. This is just an all around nice early Winchester that has never been fooled with. Standard configuration 24" round barrel with full magazine and crescent butt. Original blade front sight with full buckhorn rear. Overall the gun retains
approximately 40%+ original bluing with vivid traces around the frame and within protected areas of the barrel & magazine. It appears as though someone lightly scrubbed the gun, maybe with emery cloth or steel wool, and subsequently there are numerous fine surface scratches throughout. They are not deep and the gun still has a pleasing appearance with sharp edges and much original finish remaining. Bright fire blue on the loading gate with marbled traces of case color on the hammer. The stock retains a very pleasing untouched original finish with no cracks, chips, or repairs whatsoever. Perfect 'wood to metal' fit with minimal marring. Original buttplate, lever, lever locking nut, hammer, trigger, dust cover, forend cap, and magazine band. Original screws throughout. Clear original serial number, tang marking, and barrel address. The action is crisp and functions flawlessly. Outstanding bore with sharp, bright, and shiny rifling front to back. Mechanically this gun is just excellent, especially considering it's a 137 year old blackpowder rifle! Overall a very nice original second model '73 that will make a great addition to any antique arms collection.