~TRUE INDIAN OWNED M1873 WINCHESTER~
RARE Winchester M1893 Riot Shotgun 20" Barrel with Factory Letter, 12 Ga, mfg. 1895. For the true Winchester collector, here is a gun that was never even offered by Winchester! The rarest of the rare. We are all well aware of the M1897 Riot Gun, which was offered with a 20" cylinder bore for riot/guard use. Winchester never offered a "Riot Gun" for the Model 1893. However, one could order what ever they wanted through Winchester, and this gun is an example of that. Special ordered, this gun was factory equipped with a 20" barrel, and bares rack markings on the buttstock from police use. The gun is 100% original just the way it left the factory. The metal has a grey/plum patina fading to silver, and has traces of bluing in protected areas. The wood is untouched and has no cracks or chips. There are some very old rack markings on the buttstock, but these only add to the story of this gun and why someone would have ordered this gun in the riot configuration. Original steel buttplate, high brass front sight bead, and original markings throughout. The action works excellent, and the bore is perfect! A rare find on a blackpowder shotgun. M1893's are quite scarce in general, but to find a 20" Riot Gun that will letter is nearly unheard of. A very special Winchester. RARE M1887 Winchester Railroad Guard Shotgun, St. Louis-San Francisco Railway, 12 Ga, mfg. 1891. A very interesting, authentic Railway guard shotgun that you seldom encounter. The barrel has been shortened to 22", and the right side of the frame is stamped vertically "SLSF", which would stand for the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway. The lever has a hole drilled through it, which we assume must have been for locking the gun into a rack, the the left rear side of the forestock is specifically worn from resting across someone's lap and belt buckle. The frame is mostly gray, but still has silvery traces of case color, while the barrel and magazine tube have turned a plum/gray patina. The wood is untouched, with a nice, worn look overall. There is a sliver of wood fitted into the wrist along the left side of the upper tang, done very long ago. Original checkered steel buttplate, and clear Winchester markings. The action works perfect, and the bore is fair with some blackpowder frosting toward the breech. Overall this is just a really neat, true western guard gun that will make a great addition to any collection. Very Fine Untouched Winchester M1866 Early Third Model Rifle with Original Bluing! .44 Rimfire cal, mfg. 1870 with octagon barrel and factory sling swivels. By far the nicest condition '66 we have ever had, and one of the finer examples we have seen on the market at present time. The rifle is a very early third model, having been produced in 1870, and remains absolutely 100% untouched and original, just as it left the factory. In addition, the gun exhibits ample amounts of original bluing throughout, and crisp, clean edges on all components. The brass frame, forend cap, and buttplate, have a wonderful uncleaned mellow patina, just the way you want to see a '66. The edges are very clean and sharp, and the wood to metal fit is perfectly tight along the buttplate, around the wrist and upper/lower tangs, and along both ends of the forestock. Vivid original bluing on the trigger and spring, and bright traces on the loading gate. There are very faint swirls of case color visible in the right light on the lever and hammer, with the balance having turned a plum patina. The stocks are untouched with a wonderful color and feel, never cleaned in any way. The forestock actually has some saddle wear on the underside, right up close to the frame from being strapped or held across a saddle. A nice little detail telling us that this was a western used gun. There are no cracks, chips, or repairs, just typical light handling mars. And as previously stated, the wood to metal fit is perfect throughout. The gun is fitted with original sling swivels on the buttstock and forend cap, both of which are 100% original, and have never been off the gun. There is no cleaning rod present in the buttstock. The barrel and magazine show approx. 50%+ original bluing, just starting to thin, with some light freckling along the right side near the forend cap. It is very difficult to find an original '66 Rifle with this much bluing left. Much of the bluing forward of the forend cap hasn't even turned plum yet. The barrel edges are sharp, and the most vivid of the bluing is on the lower flats of the barrel and around the magazing tube. The rear sight is original and very crisp. It even still "clicks" when flipped up. Much bluing is visible in the protected area around and under the sight, and the barrel address is excellent. Just as clear as you can get. The front sight is the original german silver large blade type, also showing much bluing on and around the base. The action works tight and perfect. The bore is very good for a blackpowder '66. There are a few light frosted spots here and there, but overall the rifling is very sharp. Overall this is an excellent example of a scarce non-converted, early, all original 1866 Winchester Rifle with vivid original finish that did see use out west. Hard to improve upon. Desirable Western Used M1873 Winchester First Model Rifle with Police/Guard Markings, .44-40 WCF, mfg. late 1877. This is a great looking rifle that shows all the wear and character of a western used gun. The rack number "555" is period stamped into the left side of the buttstock which would indicate use by a police or guard agency. The gun should be lettered to see if any more information is available as to who may have used it. The rifle is standard configuration featuring a 24" round barrel with rifle front and rear sights. The blade of the front sight is a period replacement. The metal has an even plum patina overall with an honest, untouched appearance. The right sideplate screw has been replaced with a copper rivet during the period of use. The wood is original and untouched, showing much wear and patina. There is a 2" sliver missing along the top left edge of the forestock, but otherwise there are no chips, cracks, or repairs. Original trapdoor buttplate (no cleaning rod), hammer, trigger, and First Model style dust cover. The dustcover screw is missing (dustcover must be manually slid back before cocking). Serial number, caliber marking, and barrel address are all very clear. The action is tight and works very well. The lever seems to be bent forward slightly where it is attached to the action, causing some positive tension on the lever when closed. Tightly pulled into place the lock down nut does hold it closed as it should. The bore could use a cleaning but looks to have good, strong rifling front to back. First Models are difficult and costly to acquire, especially with any condition. This is a good honest example that certainly saw years of use in the wild west should be researched further. RARE M1886 Winchester .50-110 Express Saddle Ring Carbine with Sheard Front Sight, Sling Eyes, & Unopened Box of Bullets, .50-110 Express, mfg. 1893. Winchester's .50-110 Express was the largest and most powerful cartridge offered for the Model 1886 and a relatively low number were produced making them the most sought after chambering for collectors today. It is especially rare to find carbines chambered in this round. If you were heading west into the mountains at the turn of the MUSEUM QUALITY Authentic Native American Indian Used M1873 Winchester Musket, Brass Tacked with Heavy Saddle Wear, .44-40 WCF, mfg. ca. 1885. We have had several guns over the years that showed evidence of probable use by Native Americans, but this is by far the most authentic example we have ever had, and certainly one of the best ones we have ever seen outside of a museum. The metal has an even dark gray patina throughout showing much wear, however it is the wood which really tells the story of this gun. The buttstock is decorated with early hand made brass tacks which have been on the gun so long that the wood has actually worn down below the tacks! All of the tacks have perfect untouched patina around them, but the ones around the wrist and right side of the buttstock in particular show such heavy wear around them that there is absolutely no doubt they were added during the period of use. On the wrist you can even see several raised spots where a few of the tacks had gone missing and the wood continued to wear! This is the kind of wear we hope to see on an Indian gun to truly authenticate it as such, but rarely ever find. The buttplate was removed by the Indian who owned it and probably re-used as a scraper which was typical, and again you can see wear on the butt from years of use without the buttplate. There is an old chip missing along the left side of the upper tang which occurred during the period, and an old yet stable 3" crack behind it. The forestock has worn right down to the magazine tube just forward of the receiver from being held across the Indian's saddle or blanket while riding. Again, this is the epitome of honest old west wear that you want to see on an authentic Indian used gun. There are two large cracks just forward of the worn spot, and another large crack between the second and third barrel bands. The action works surprisingly well despite the fact that the carrier lever has actually worn through the carrier block! We've never even seen this happen before to a '73. It's incredible to imagine how much use this gun has seen. The bore has visible rifling with scattered black powder frosting. The rear sight and dustcover were removed during the period which again was typical of Indian used Winchesters. The barrel address is just barely partially visible, and the serial number has worn away. Being a Third Model however we know it must have been made after 1882 or so. Several screws have either been replaced or riveted. If you're looking for a picture perfect example of a Winchester that was truly used in the old west by plains Indians, this is a rare opportunity to put one in your collection! Rare First Year Production High Condition M1894 Winchester Rifle in Desirable .38-55 Caliber with Original Loading Tools & Vintage Full Box of Cartridges, .38-55 WCF, mfg. 1894. It is very hard to find a '94 rifle that is this early, in this condition, and in .38-55. This rifle is absolutely 100% original and untouched, and has been in the same family since new! It has never been offered to the public until now. It is a standard configuration rifle, with a 26" round barrel, crescent butt, and rifle sights.
The barrel and magazine tube retain 95% original bluing, just slightly starting to tone from age, but really showing no actual wear. The receiver, upper & lower tangs, breech bolt, and bottom link show approx. 85% original bluing, with minor thinning on the receiver flats and some slight wear to the forward portion of the receiver and on the upper tang. These areas still retain finish and have merely turned plum from handling. The hammer shows 90% vivid original case color, while the lever has about 80% original case color showing along the sides and inner surfaces. The bottom surfaces have turned a silvery patina. The buttplate retains 90% original bluing, while the forend cap shows about 80%. Original rifle rear sight is crisp and retains most all original finish, while the front sight is full and just about perfect. The wood is excellent, retaining approx. 90%+ original varnish overall, with very crisp and sharp edges throughout. No chips or cracks, only minor handling mars here and there. Crisp and clear original markings including the caliber, barrel address, serial number, and upper tang address. The action functions absolutely perfect, and the bore is excellent with strong, sharp rifling, and only the most minute signs of black powder frosting. Included is a Winchester .38-55 bullet mould and reloading tool that have been with this very gun since new. Both are in excellent, relatively unused condition with bright original bluing. We are also including a period unopened box of Remington UMC .38-55 cartridges, and $150 value in itself. There's just nothing bad that can be said of this rifle, it is as honest and original as you can get. If you have been looking for a fine example of an early production '94, this is it!
20th century, a .50-110 carbine would have been the ultimate Winchester to take! This particular gun is an original carbine made in 1893 that was professionally fitted with a Winchester mail order .50-110 Express barrel some time between 1912-1919. The "P" proof on the barrel indicates that the barrel was manufactured by Winchester to be fitted outside the factory. This marking came into use around 1912, and the .50-110 Express was discontinued in 1919. The frame, lever, trigger, and hammer are a gray/brown patina, with silvery traces on protected areas. It very well may have had a case hardened finish, which would have been a special order at the time. The breechbolt shows about 50% original bluing. The magazine tube has turned a brown/gray color with traces of original bluing visible along the protected area between the tube and barrel. The barrel retains approx. 80% original bluing from it's period of manufacture, with mild thinning throughout from handling. The barrel bands are gray, and the buttplate is worn with no finish remaining. The gun is fitted with a "SHEARD" marked post front sight and flip up carbine rear sight. Both are in excellent condition. The wood is original to the gun and in very nice untouched condition overall, never sanded and never cleaned. The wood to metal fit around the upper and lower tangs and the buttplate is perfect, and there are no cracks or repairs whatsoever. There is one tiny little old chip near the top of the buttplate, hardly worth noting. The forestock is equally as nice with minimal handling mars, and only minor shrinkage along the front of the receiver. The gun is fitted with factory style sling eyes that appear to be original. Correct markings throughout, including the serial number, patents dates, upper tang address, and correct to the period barrel address, proofs, and "50-EX." stamp. The action is tight and absolutely flawless, and the bore is perfect. While this gun does not retain it's original barrel, it is still an original 1886 saddle ring carbine with an authentic Winchester .50-110 Express barrel that was fitted during it's period of use. This cartridge was already on it's way to becoming obsolete by the 1910's, so it is unusual that someone wanted a big bore carbine during this time. Accompanying the gun is a rare unopened box of 25 Winchester .50-110 Express .300 grain lead bullets. Overall this is a very serviceable and respectable example of a rare .50 Express Winchester carbine that you can add to your collection without spending $25,000!
RARE Absolutely 100% Original & Untouched M1873 Winchester 16" Trapper Saddle Ring Carbine with Factory Letter and Exceedingly Rare Original Shelton-Payne Arms Co. El Paso Texas Tooled Leather Trapper Scabbard, .44-40 WCF, mfg. 1888. One of only 400 or so '73 carbines ever made with a special order shorter than standard barrel. This particular gun just recently surfaced in Mexico right over the Texas boarder where it has probably been it's entire life. It's one of the most honest and untouched looking Trappers we have ever had, and we have not even made any attempt to clean or oil it! That will be up to the next owner. We even found an oiling cloth in the butt trap door that was so old it had disintegrated into dust! The gun has a completely untouched brown patina overall, with lots of dust and dirt in protected areas throughout. This gun is right out of the west! It features a stepped frame, which on a .44 caliber gun would only appear if it was ordered with a short barrel, such as this one. All original components; lever, lever lock down, hammer, saddle ring, brass carrier, buttplate, barrel bands, screws, etc etc... None of the screws look to have been turned in 100 years. The dust cover is missing and was probably intentionally removed during the period of use. I would personally not put one back as the gun was certainly used without it. Original post front sight and "1873" marked carbine ladder rear sight. The wood is equally untouched and original, and features a correct 7 3/4" short forearm. There is an old thin sliver of wood missing along the left upper tang, and an old hairline age check about 3 3/4" long extending back from the right rear corner of the upper tang. There is also a small old crack on the right side of the forearm near the upper edge. Otherwise the wood shows plenty of honest wear and has never been cleaned. The Winchester barrel address is located forward of the rear barrel band, as it should be on this short Trapper, and is very legible. Clear upper tang markings and serial number. The action works very well. We haven't cleaned the bore, but you can see strong rifling front to back, with a little scattered blackpowder frosting. It would only improve with a good cleaning. Accompanying the gun is the original leather scabbard that has been with the gun since day one! Short Trapper scabbards are rare in any form, but we have never had one like this. It is clearly marked on both sides: "Shelton-Payne Arms Co. / MAKERS / El Paso Texas", and is fully tooled down both sides and around it's reinforced plug bottom. Shelton-Payne Arms was a retailer of sporting goods and actually supplied guns to both Americans and Mexicans during the 1910 Mexican Revolution. This gun was right there! The scabbard in in excellent condition overall with nice color and tooling, and solid original stitching. One loop on the left side is missing. The original owner's initials, "S.A.T.", are embossed on the right side. We have sold plain Trapper scabbards over the years for $450-850, and we have no doubt that this scabbard is worth well over $1000 alone. Overall this is a fantastic package, and a perfect example of a real wild west used '73 Trapper that is available to the public here for the first time! Desirable & Unique Wild West Frontier Made M1860 New Haven Arms Co. Henry Rifle Barrelled Single Shot Pistol, .44 cal, mfg. 1862 (Henry), altered ca. 1870's. This is a fantastic and most unusual gun that was made by a frontier gunsmith utilizing an 1862 manufactured three-digit serial number Henry rifle barrel. The barrel has been shortened to a length of 10 3/16" long, with a dovetailed brass blade front sight and notched rear sight which uses the original rear dovetail. The sight also acts as a flip up latch to keep the barrel fastened to the frame. Barrel address reads: "HENRY'S PATENT OCT. 16. 1860 / MANUFACTURED BY THE NEW HAVEN ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN CT.". The frame is made of two iron plates riveted together with a brass backstrap in between. A round iron rod is riveted through the front which extends down the old loading tube of the Henry barrel. Once unlatched, the barrel is slid forward on the rod, a cartridge loaded into the breech, and the barrel slid back to close. The gun fires a centerfire cartridge which I believe to be .44 Colt. I do not have a .44 Colt cartridge on hand at the moment to test, however I can say that a .44-40 casing is slightly too large, but a .38-40 cartridge which has a similar case size to the .44 Colt fits quite well. Since this cartridge was popular primarily during the 1870's I would date the pistol to that time period. The large birdshead grips are wood and fit the gun well showing much wear and use. The barrel and frame show a totally untouched dark patina while the brass backstrap and front sight have an equally pleasing mellow color. The action is tight and functions perfectly, and the bore is dirty with worn yet visible rifling front to back. Overall length is 14" and weighs nearly 3 1/2 lbs. This gun shows the true ingenuity of old west cowboys and is certainly a unique, one of a kind piece. It will make an interesting and prized addition to any Winchester or Henry rifle collection. Rare M1873 Winchester Trapper Saddle Ring Carbine with 15" Barrel and Factory Special Order Rifle Butt, .44-40 WCF, mfg. ca. 1880's. This gun has been in our private collection for many years and the previous owner told us the gun was sourced in South America by George Madis in 1960. Most of these short Winchesters were exported to Mexico and South America where they saw hard, extensive use such as this gun did. The serial number has been partially worn away so we were never able to letter the gun but we absolutely 100% guarantee it to be an original and authentic Trapper. The metal has a dark gray patina showing much wear with a mottled finish from years of exposure to the elements. The wood has an untouched, original worn finish and features a correct short forearm which measures just over 7 3/4" long. There is an old faint 2" age check behind the left rear corner of the upper tang with some notable wear around the toe of the buttstock. The forearm has a 2" crack at the right rear side, with an old worn gouge behind the barrel band on the left side. There are two old worn slivers missing forward of the barrel band along the bottom. Matching part number "1999" can be seen upon disassembly on the buttplate, buttstock, and lower tang. Original saddle ring, lever & lever lock down, trigger, hammer, barrel bands, flip up carbine rear sight and post front sight. The barrel address is located on top of the barrel forward of the barrel band. It is very faint but partially legible. The action is tight and functions very well, and the bore is surprisingly good with strong rifling and only light blackpowder frosting. I think this gun was carried much more than it was actually fired. We've owned many Trappers over the years but this was always our favorite. It's just a totally original and honest gun that could tell one hell of a story if it could talk! Special Order M1873 Winchester Rifle with Scarce Color Case Hardened Frame, .38-40 WCF, mfg. 1887. This is an interesting Winchester that was originally ordered with some scarce features. A call to the Cody Firearms Museum confirms that the gun was shipped as follows: Rifle / .38-40 / Round Barrel / Barrel Length 28" / Plain Trigger / Lyman Rear (Tang Sight) & Globe Front Sight / Color Case Hardened / Shipped Aug. 17 1887 / Return & Repair Aug. 25 1896. This rifle was recently purchased from a family estate that claims the relative who bought the gun new had it returned to Winchester to have the barrel shortened to it's current standard length of 24", and the full length magazine converted to half magazine. Apparently he just never got used to the long heavy 28" barrel. The rifle retains approx. 40% original case color on the frame, lever, and hammer, the majority of which has turned a silvery patina but there are many vivid swirls and traces still visible. The edges of the gun are very crisp and sharp throughout. The case colored buttplate has also turned silver. The barrel shows about 50% original bluing which is fading to plum/gray in areas. The original select grade wood has no chips or cracks and has never been cleaned or refinished. The previous owner did shave the upper comb down slightly to improve sighting. The original Lyman tang sight noted in the factory records is missing along with the tang screws, though you can still clearly see the outline of where the sight was. The rear sight is a later replacement full buckhorn, and the front sight is a standard rifle sight that I would assume was fitted at the time it was returned to Winchester. The action is tight and functions perfectly, while the bore is excellent with clean, sharp rifling front to back. All markings including the serial number, caliber markings, and barrel address are clear. Overall just a fine functioning, good looking Winchester with a very intriguing past! Wonderful Old West Used M1873 Winchester Saddle Ring Carbine with Rare G. H. Schoellkopf Dallas, Texas Scabbard, .44-40 WCF, mfg. 1885. This is a great looking example of an honest, original '73 carbine that is right out of the old west! The gun features a standard 20" barrel with carbine butt. The metal has an even brown/gray patina throughout. The wood has a very pleasing untouched look with great wood to metal fit and no chips or repairs. The initials "W.I.T." are period carved into the right side of the buttstock. Original post front sight and "1873" marked carbine ladder rear sight. Original barrel bands, saddle ring, buttplate, lever lock down, and dust cover. It appears someone has added a small amount of metal to the left side of the front barrel band in order to gain more threads for the screw. Otherwise this gun is completely original and untouched. The markings are clear overall, with the barrel address particularly visible. We often find the barrel addresses on these carbines heavily worn so it's nice to see one that is this clear. The bore has strong rifling front to back with light scattered black powder frosting. The action works very well. The cleaning rod which would have been housed in the buttstock is not present. The scabbard dates to the very early 1900's and has been with this gun it's whole life. It is clearly marked with the "Jumbo Famous Brand" Elephant of G. H. Schoellkopf of Dallas, Texas. They were fine makers of gun leather and saddles, first opening their shop in 1869. The leather is somewhat stiff but in stable condition. There are a few small tears and holes, and some of the original straps are torn. Still an excellent display piece to keep alongside this wonderful old carbine. If you're looking for a great example of an honest western used 73 Winchester carbine this is it! Wonderful Fully Restored M1886 Winchester Rifle, .45-70 cal, mfg. 1896. This is a great looking, big bore sporting rifle that would make a fantastic hunting gun. The rifle has been completely restored at some point, probably within the last 30-40 years. We are unsure of who performed the work. The rifle features a 26" octagon barrel, full length magazine, and rifle style crescent butt. The metal retains approx. 98% bright refinished bluing, with some very minor scratches from the limited use it has seen since being restored. The wood is excellent with 95%+ correct Winchester varnish. There are a few light handling mars but no chips or cracks. The wood to metal fit is tight and proud. The rifle is fitted with a No. 42 sporting leaf rear sight which was popular on the M1876 but could be special ordered with the M1886. The front sight is a standard rifle sight. The screws are all very sharp, and the barrel address, caliber marking, serial number, and patent dates are clear. The inside of the gun appears to have even been re-done, and the action functions tight and crisp like new. The bore is excellent with strong, clean rifling front to back. If this rifle were original in this condition it's value would be around $20,000! Instead, this is a rifle you can actually use and still say is an authentic Winchester in desirable .45-70 for a fraction of the cost. RARE High Condition M1917 Winchester US Bayonet & Scabbard for M1897 Winchester Trench Gun Combat Shotgun, mfg. 1917-1920's. Don't be fooled by other M1917 bayonets claiming association with the M1897 Winchester Trench Gun, most on the market are for rifles. This is an excellent example of a true Winchester Trench Gun bayonet that is correct for the WWI (solid frame) style '97. The bayonet itself is marked "U.S." with the flaming bomb on the ricasso, accompanied by the Eagle and "X" proofs. The other side is marked "1917" over the Winchester "W" manufacturer mark. The bayonet retains 80% original bluing which stops just past the guard on the blade as it should, the balance of the blade being parkerized. The blade edge looks to have been sharpened once, but is otherwise excellent with no chips or dings. The wood handles are very nice with no chips, cracks, or repairs, and feature unit inventory numbers stamped on one side. The leather scabbard retains 80% original olive drab paint with original "GF" marked tin mouth and tip secured by brass staples. The scabbard is cartouched "M.F.W.", and the hanger is the original pistol style unit. If you have a nice condition WWI style Trench Gun and have been looking for an exceptional and correct bayonet then look no further.