Winchester saw that his 1866 rifle had two outstanding assets: its capacity to fire rapidly and its ease of handling, but its bullet lacked impact and range. He took steps to correct it. The result was a famous weapon that has been called “The Gun That Won The West”, the 1873 Winchester. This model was stronger, simpler, and lighter in weight then the 1866 model. But, the greatest improvement was its powerful and dependable centre-fire cartridge. In 1878, Colt’s revolvers were re-chambered for the .44 Winchester rifle cartridges. From then on, a man needed to carry only one kind of ammunition for his pistol and rifle.
This non-firing replica features simulated engraved frame, octagonal blued barrel and working lever-action system. Complete wood stock and saddle rings. Overall length: 39.5’’; Weight: 5.8 lbs.
Among its many satisfied owners were some of history’s most famous Western figures, from outlaws like Billy the Kid to lawmen like the legendary Wyatt Earp. The year it was introduced, Buffalo Bill Cody called it “the boss…the most complete rifle now made.”