Merz Antique Firearms ~ Catalog of Old Guns and Related Items
In 1866 Oliver Winchester purchased the New Haven Arms Company and turned it to the Winchester Repeating Arms Company. The 1866 Winchester was the first Winchester Model. Sharing the brass frame design inherited from the Henry Rifle, the 1866 quickly earned the nickname "Yellow Boy," a name which is popular with collectors to this day. An improved loading system was an important improvement over the Henry Rifle design. The added loading gate on the right side of the frame, and a solid magazine tube, are the major differences between a Henry Rifle and a Winchester 1866 rifle.
THE WINCHESTER ENGRAVING BOOK
Item # 5B
By R.L. Wilson. Hardcover book of over 500 pages. Beinfeld, Second Edition with most info from the old book and over 100 color pages of new info. Super book, the best of its kind. Out of print for about 20 years. We have the last of remaining new stock available, in shrink wrap. List price for the new reprint of this book is $225. These rare original factory sealed books are a real bargain at only $175, which is about half of what rare book sellers are charging for this edition.
W939 FACTORY ENGRAVED WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 MUSKET
Item # W939
Cal 44 RF. Excellent bore. Orig sights. Wood is in VG cond with a possible light coat of varnish added. Not sanded or undersized. Overall metal is in fine cond with about 75% orig nickel remaining on the bbl. Receiver has about 95% orig nickel turning a dull color. Factory engraved with a stagg on one side and scroll engraved on the other. All orig and complete with nickel plated sling swivels. Factory Letter of Authenticity from the Cody Museum. A nice specimen of a fairly hard to find gun and especially one that can be documented.
Antique $ 17,500.
W976 WINCHESTER 1866 SRC
Item # W976
Cal 44 CF. 20" round bbl, standard carbine front sight and folding ladder rear sight with slide. The bbl and mag tube have toned to a mottled brown. Receiver and buttplate are an even butterscotch color. Loading gate is an old frontier replacement. Walnut stocks have been freshened and show honest wear. Forearm has a repaired crack ahead of the bbl band and the buttstock has areas of repair also.
Antique $ 6,750.
W2173 WINCHESTER MODEL 66 CENTENNIAL
Item # W2173
Modern $ 750.
W588 MODEL 1866 WINCHESTER RIFLE
Item # W588
44 RF cal. 24" round bbl with full mag and rifle style butt. Later gun in the 158k serial range with the steel forend cap and steel butt plate. Metal has been cleaned long ago as well as the brass having been polished. Traces of original blue in protected areas with the balance turning silver/gray. Brass looks to be in good shape. Original sights. The bore is surprisingly very shiny with only a couple of light pits. Wood is good fitting with no cracks chips. Smooth action.
Antique $ 6,975.
W585 WINCHESTER 1866 MUSKET
Item # W585
This musket has seen its better days! Cal 44 RF. 27" round bbl is brown/gray and rough/rusted. Buttstock has an old frontier repair and is solid. Frame has been polished and is a bright brass color. Sling swivels are present. Missing lever latch. Made in 1870 and looks like it has a few stories to tell.
Antique $ 5,750.
W583 WINCHESTER 1866 SRC WITH MEXICAN STAMPING
Item # W583
Cal 44 RF. 20" round bbl, full length mag tube and carbine butt. Later model front sight and folding ladder rear sight. Bbl and mag tube are a dark brown with some pitting. Brass receiver is worn to a soft mustard color and has a faint Mexican stamping on the top. Dark finish over several handling dings and mars on stocks. A few cracks/repairs and some loss at the lower tang. Bore is fair with visible rifling.
Antique $ 6,100.
8749 WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 1st MODEL FLAT SIDE SADDLERING CARBINE
Item # 8749
Standard 20 inch carbine configuration chambered in 44 RF. Serial number is 13,936. It appears there were some tacks embedded in the forearm which have been removed a long time ago. Buttstock looks good and shows a lot of saddlering wear on the side and looks to be a very old replacement. Overall gun shows a fair amount of wear with somewhat rounded corners. The receiver has a real nice deep butterscotch patina coloration. Barrel is mostly a bluish brown patina. Colorful old gun that apparently came out of Mexico and looks like it's got some homemade type sling swivels on it. Correct original sights. Nice functioning action. Correct saddlering. If Madis would have called these Henry Carbines, they'd probably bring about ten times what they're selling for today. It is still a rare gun and has a good premium. This is the first 1st Model flat side carbine I've had in probably 10 years. A decent early Winchester with a lot of western character!
Antique $ 18,500.
W1152 WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 SRC IN FINE CONDITION
Item # W1152
95% bright shiny original blue. Mint bore. Orig sights. Untouched receiver with sharp corners. A 4th model variation with carbine style butt. Wood is in fine condition. Bright case color on the hammer and good traces on the lever. Nice clean 66 SRC!
Antique $ 22,500.
W919 NICKEL PLATED WINCHESTER 1866 SRC
Item # W919
Cal 44 RF. Standard 20 inch barrel with full length mag tube and the rarely encountered rifle style butt. Original sights. This was a full nickel gun with traces of nickel remaining in protected areas on the barrel and mag tube with balance a silver/grey/brown color. Strong original nickel remains on the receiver, hammer, lever and saddle ring. A little thinning on the butt plate with brass showing through. Wood is over all really nice condition with light handling marks and most original varnish. Crisp action. Good bore with shine and rifling present. This is a great looking gun from 1874 with just the right amount of wear. It was used but taken care of.
Antique $ 11,750.
W500 WINCHESTER MODEL 66 SRC
Item # W500
Appears to be a parts gun as it is missing the mag tube cap, spring and follower as well as a hammer spring. Other than that the gun is in generally VG condition. Original carbine style stock shows VG condition. Aged brass receiver shows a lot of wear but still seems to function okay. Bbl and mag have turned a plum/brown and shows traces of being cleaned. Correct brass buttplate. A good looking example that would look good above the fireplace.
Antique $ 3,950.
W2012 WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 SPORTING RIFLE
Item # W2012
Cal 44 RF. Overall gun is in very nice condition with what appears to be an old, possibly factory, refinish on bbl and mag. Retains about 40% bright blue. Sharp corners and excellent markings. Brass receiver has turned a pleasing butterscotch patina. Correct brass buttplate and forend cap. Smooth action. Rear sight is a large stationary buckhorn type that is seen quite frequently on Henrys. Definitely of the period. Wood has a repair to the toe. Good fit at the wrist. Good looking sharp gun. All original except where noted.
Antique $ 13,500.
W1128 INSCRIBED WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 RIFLE
Item # W1128
Full oct bbl. Orig sights. Full length mag tube. Wood is in excellent cond with just a few minor mars. Correct rifle style butt plate. This is a 4th model rifle with steel forend cap as well as the steel butt plate. Overall gun is in excellent+ cond with 90% bbl and mag blue starting to slightly tone. The receiver is a nice untouched butterscotch patina with the inscription on the side which is not quite readable. We think it is the initials "T F R". Crisp sharp gun with excellent mechanics. All orig.
Antique $ 21,500.
W297 WINCHESTER 1866 RIFLE
Item # W297
Just over 150k serial range being an early 4th model. Equipped with a round bbl. A typical aged medium brown color to bbl and mag tube. Good markings. Rocky Mountain blade type front sight that looks like a blacksmith or gunsmith did the blade. Rear sight has also been replaced. The beauty of this gun is in the color of the brass receiver. It has the very desirable speckled butterscotch color to it. It looks like it has had a light cleaning to the metal leaving a mostly satin finish. There is a few dings and a couple of buggered screws but the receiver looks good! Wood is not too bad either. A slight sliver missing by the lower tang on the right side. Other than that, fit is very good. All 4 corners are present.
Antique $ 7,675.
W2055 WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 EARLY HENRY MARKED SRC
Item # W2055
Cal 44 RF. Gun is in excellent condition with deeper than normal Henry markings on the bbl. Bbl has turned a plum/brown with sharp corners and excellent traces of blue in protected areas. Receiver is untouched and has turned a deep butterscotch. Square corners. Crisp action. Wood is in VG+ condition with most orig varnish. A few mars but no splits, cracks or signs of refinish. Rifle style brass buttplate. Original saddle ring. Marked on the lower tang is "SC" as well as the buttplate. I understand this was for the state of South Carolina. There is also a rack number stamped at the toe "103". It would be hard to improve on for an early Henry marked SRC.
Antique $ 17,500.
W775 WINCHESTER 1866 3RD MODEL MUSKET
Item # W775
Cal 44 RF. 27" round bbl with 3 bbl bands and correct sights. Serial number is 32623. Made in 1870. Bbl and tube are a nice aged brown color. All brass parts have a nicely aged dark patina. Overall wood is good with a dark finish and several dings/cracks/dents. Good bore.
Antique $ 6,750.
W421A 1866 WINCHESTER MUSKET
Item # W421A
Cal 44RF. 27" bbl, 24" mag tube and musket style long forearm wood. Serial number 33082 which falls right in the middle of a group of muskets identified as being possible weapons used in the Battle of Liberty Place September 1874. The bbl and mag tube are a blue/brown color with some roughness at the muzzle. Sights include post front sight and ladder rear sight. Receiver is a deep mustard color in good overall condition with dings and dents. Wood is in good overall condition with of the period carving on the left side of butt "Le Duc de Hanes". Sling swivels are present. A good looking 1866.
Antique $ 8,250.
W941 WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 MUSKET WITH PROVISIONS FOR THE SABER STYLE BAYONET
Item # W941
27 inch barrel chambered in 44 RF caliber. This musket has the rarely seen bayonet lug. George Madis details specifics about production numbers of these muskets. “One of the rarest of 1866 models is a musket with the fitting for a saber bayonet. In total production, less than 10,000 muskets were produced, according to a count made in the mid 1930s. In the count mentioned above, it was found only one of each fourteen muskets had fittings for a saber bayonet. Muskets such as this are very rare, and it is estimated that less than one-thousand muskets were made to accommodate a saber bayonet. He goes on to say that saber bayonets are also very rare. Receiver is a deep untouched pale yellow patina. Sharp corners. Crisp tight action. Bbl has traces of blue turned a plum/brown with VG markings. Orig sights. Excellent bore. Stock has some extra figure to it as well as numerous mars and dings but has 75-80% orig lacquer finish complete with a brass buttplate. Forearm has some dings as well and what appears to be a repaired crack on the right. Noticeable but doesn't look too bad. The screw heads on the bbl retaining bands have been filed off for some reason. Other than that it is untouched. Nice gun!
Antique $ 6,750.
W380 WINCHESTER 66 ENGRAVED RIFLE
Item # W380 -27-383
Orig 24" oct bbl with full length mag tube. Good bbl markings. Correct Winchester style sights. Rifle style buttplate. Engraving is similar to many known Nimschke style engravings. Identical to one shown on page 121 of the Winchester Madis book featuring the large scrolls and some sort of bird coming out of the center. Receiver has turned a dark color with sharp engraving. A very nice beautiful gun!
Antique $ 15,000.
W1615 WINCHESTER 1866 MUSKET
Item # W1615-27-14
This is an early 3rd model with the serial number at just over 30k. Nice color to the brass receiver. Bbl exhibits most aging blue. There is proof marks on the bbl indicating this gun was exported and now has made it's way back home. Forearm is in VG cond with a light crack where the screw holds the front band on. Action works good with no lever droop. A nice old Winchester musket!
Antique $ 7,500.
W406 WINCHESTER 1866 SRC
Item # W406
Cal 44 RF. 20" round bbl, full length magazine and carbine butt. Bbl and mag tube are a blue/brown color. Correct folding rear sight. Bore has visible rifling and roughness throughout. Brass frame is a nice mustard patina. Wood is good condition but the buttstock is a replacement and is rather ill fitting. This is your chance to own a Yellowboy carbine!
Antique $ 6,500.
W389 DELUXE ENGRAVED PRESENTATION 1866 WINCHESTER
Item # W389
Inscribed in a ribbon on one side of the receiver is "Montgomery Guard" and on the other side is "From a Friend". The Montgomery Guard was part of California's state militia and was named for General Wm. Reading Montgomery. Montgomery served in the Civil War and was commissioned to Brigidare General. Hence the California Guard was named Montgomery. It is unknown who the friend was that presented the gun. A beautifully done gone in the 36k serial range. A number of 66's were engraved in this style in that serail range. The gun features a 24' full oct bbl and full length mag tube. Original sights. Bbl and mag retain 75-80% bright blue starting to tone slightly. Sharp corners and excellent markings. Fancy dlx wood retaining most orig varnish with a VG wrist repair. Many were broken through the wrist. This one has a good looking solid repair. Complete with rifle style butt and original sling swivels. Receiver retains about 25% original gold in protected areas. Where the gold has worn off is a deep butterscotch patina. Good case color on the hammer and lever. A very nice good looking gun! Undoubtedly the work of Conrad Uhlrich.
Antique $ 55,000.
W375 DELUXE ENGRAVED 1866 WINCHESTER SPORTING RIFLE
Item # W375
Orig 24" full oct bbl with full length magazine. Orig sights include flip up ladder sporting rear sight. Correct sling swivels. Rifle style buttplate. The wood is in fine condition with a considerable amount of original varnish. A few light dings and mars but sound and solid. Bbl and mag retain about 20% of orig blue in protected areas. Sharp corners and excellent markings. Receiver has turned a beautiful deep butterscotch color. Very detailed relief style engraving with 4 different game scenes. 95% coverage of the receiver. Very well done. This is the 3rd gun I have seen with this type of engraving. Not sure who the engraver was, could be Nimschke. Gun has seen very little use with just some carry wear on the upper tang. Definately the engraving dates back to when the gun was new. All original and would be hard to improve upon.
Antique $ 27,500.
W356 EARLY NIMSCHKE ENGRAVED 1866 WINCHESTER SPORTING RIFLE
Item # W356
24" oct bbl and full length magazine. Original sights. Wood is VG with some orig varnish. Rifle style buttplate. This gun features typical Nimschke style with a scroll banner on one side for presentation and a similar one on the other side. Flowing scrolls with punch dot background. The receiver is a beautiful deep butterscoth color with the side plates being somewhat lighter than the frame. This gun is in the 29k serial range where you frequently encounter that. They used a different alloy mixture for the side plates than was used for the frame. Gun is clean sharp and orig. Will make a great addition to any Winchester collection!
Antique $ 25,500.
W558 WINCHESTER MODEL 66 SRC
Item # W558
Cal 44 RF. Orig sights and VG bore. Wood has a light coat of varnish and is generally VG condition with correct brass rifle style buttplate. Overall gun appears to have been finished a long time ago. Bbl and mag have most of that blue remaining. However it has toned showing genuine age. Gun is in the 77k serial range with all matching numbers. Complete with correct saddle ring. Receiver has been renickeled with most of that nickel remaining. Slight rounding to the corners. Other than that it is a really fine sharp looking gun. Crisp tight action.
Antique $ 7,250.
W329 NIMSCHKE ENGRAVED 66 SRC
Item # W329
Bbl and mag retain 50-60% orig blue turning brown. The receiver has most orig nickel as well as the buttplate. Wood has been lightly cleaned and is in VG condition. A few light handling mars and dings. The receiver has the typical Nimschke style scroll work with the punch dot background. Sharp corners. Elaborately engraved. A lot of guns in the 47-48k range were nickel plated and this one was Nimschke engraved as well. Complete with correct saddle ring.
Antique $ 22,500.
W384 FRENCH RETAILER MARKED NICKEL WINCHESTER 1866 SRC
Item # W384
44 RF cal. Blued bbl. and mag tube with nickeled receiver, hammer lever and butt plate. The top of the receiver is marked with the French retailer mark "Gunther & Cie Frt Strasbourg, 46 Paris". Bbl. has thinning blue. Bore is a little rough with very light rifling. The nickel is about 80% present on the rest of the gun. It is possibly period, or dealer applied nickel. The wood is near excellent. Sharp markings and a crisp action. A good looking SRC with a rifle style butt plate. Made in 1870.
Antique $ 11,500.
W470 WINCHESTER 1866 SRC
Item # W470
This is a later gun being a 4th model in 160k serial range. A good looking gun with good condition throughout. A nice deep aged patina on the bbl and mag tube. Receiver is nice smooth metal and retains some of the orig protective lacquer. It gives it a gold-gilted look. Buttstock is in good cond. Just a bit shy at the tangs. Fits well at the buttplate. A light crack coming off the left side of the buttplate. Forearm is quite nice with just some light gouging where the bbl band has been removed and returned. Standard carbine sights. Nice action. Above average bore. A good looking Yellow Boy!
Antique $ 8,500.
W044 HENRY MARKED WINCHESTER 1866 SRC
Item # W044
Early gun in the 16k serial range. This is early enough that the serial number is on the side of the lower tang and not visible without removing the stock. This would be an early 2nd model 1866 with Henry marked bbl with correct small lever. This is high condition for an 1866 saddle ring. Grey/brown color to the bbl and mag tube. Still has visible bbl markings. Correct early style sights. Attractive brass patina to the receiver and also the buttplate. For an early carbine this buttstock is correct. Buttstock is nice overall with handling marks but good and solid. Was lightly cleaned many years ago and looks like a coat of oil was added. Forearm wood is in great condition for a carbine. Very small crack coming off of the forearm but all wood is present. A good early collectable gun!
Antique $ 11,750.
W323 WINCHESTER 1866 SRC
Item # W323
An 1880's gun in pretty good overall condition. The brass frame is that color you want. Beautiful aged mustard patina showing age but still very nice orig condition. Elevator has some old dings to it. Bbl is a grey color and looks like someone did some cleaning years ago. Not overdone since the bbl address is still visible. Wood is also very good condition. Nice fitting to the tangs and the frame. Forearm is nice with no cracks. A decent Yellow Boy carbine ranks high on every collectors list!
Antique $ 10,500.
W316 RARE INTERESTING 1866 WINCHESTER
Item # W316 -27-11
This an 1866 SRC with cartouches. This is rarely encountered on Winchesters. A circle cartouche on the left hand side of the stock with fancy lettering that say "A O S"and the same in a banner cartouche on the bottom of the stock. These cartouches are believed to be part of the 1866's in this serial range that were sold and sent to South America in 1877. This marking is described and illustrated in George Madis' Winchester book. If this is the case this is a fortunate gun. Most Winchesters that made the trip south did not stay in this condition and were used very hard. This gun is a high condition SRC. Very nice aging blue adorns the bbl and mag tube. Nice butterscotch color on the frame. Wood is way above average being nice fitting and no visible cracks. There are a few gouge marks and handling mars. Solid action with no lever droop. Very good collectable 1866! Comes with Winchester Letter.
Antique $ 28,500.
W311 WINCHESTER 1866 SRC
Item # W311-27-20
130k serial range carbine making it a 3rd model. A good looking Winchester with quite a bit of bbl blue remaining. Some flaking and freckling to the finish. Orig flip type carbine sight. A nice patina to the brass receiver. Wood is exceptional for a 1866. Some usage marks but overall very nice condition. Good fitting to upper and lower tangs. Slight shrinkage at the toe. A coat of finish was added. Also, this carbine has an interesting circle cartouche on the left hand side of the stock with fancy lettering that say "A O S". These cartouches are believed to be part of the 1866's in this serial range that were sold and sent to South America in 1877. This marking is described and illustrated in George Madis' Winchester book.This is towards the top condition wise on what you would find for a '66 SRC.
Antique $ 22,500.
W1470 DELUXE ENGRAVED WINCHESTER 66 PRESENTATION RIFLE
Item # W1470-26-1
Cal 44RF. 24" oct bbl and full length mag tube. Beeches combination front sight and a flip up 66 rear sight. Excellent bore. Orig dlx grade wood in excellent cond with very fancy figured wood and an old repair in the wrist area done a long time ago. Sound and solid. Rifle style buttplate. Silver plated sling swivels. Bbl and mag blue at about 75% starting to turn a little plum. Receiver retains about 50% of original silver finish which has turned a quite dark color and highlights the depth of the engraving. The relief style engraving with 3 different game scenes, numerous borders and an inscription on the side "David Hart to Son Michael". This gun has been in many fine collections in the country and is pictured in numerous books including the Winchester Engraving book on page 109. A very fine gun. Engraving is attributed to Conrad Uhlrich. These are rarely found with the orig wood intact. They weren't knowledgeable about how the wood would react and had fancy burl running throughout the wrist area. Where the tang screw goes through they often had problems but this one was repaired and done quite well. Fine gun complete with high base folding vernier tang sight.
Antique $ 75,000.
W259 WINCHESTER 1866 OCTAGON BARREL RIFLE
Item # W259-27-7
A good looking example of a 66 rifle. The oct bbl is in good overall condition and is a medium brown color. There is the typical marks and scratches but overall nice metal. VG bbl address. The full length mag tube is a more silver color. Lightly cleaned at some time. Inside the bore is at least good to possibly VG with good rifling. Some scattered moderate pitting and normal roughness. Nice patina on the receiver with a dull aged brass. This receiver started out its life as a carbine. There is quite a few in this serial range that were changed to rifles. It was all factory done and is so stated on the Factory Letter. The buttstock is in good overall condition with no cracks. A bit shy at the upper tang and towards the frame. The forearm is in quite good condition. There is a typical crack coming off the forearm on the left side. All the orig wood is present. Comes with Factory Letter. A good example!
Antique $ 13,950.
W258 HIGH CONDITION WINCHESTER 1866 SRC
Item # W258-27-10
Rarely do you find a 66 carbine in this condition! A later carbine in the 166k serial range. As stated; high condition. Most all bbl blue remains. Does have some aging but is still pretty bright blue. Very nice markings. A ladder sight with the 1873 marking on it. Also on the bbl is marked "44 RF" which you do see on some of these 1866's. Receiver has nice smooth metal with a pleasing patina. The metal buttplate even shows some case colors which is very rare on these old guns. VG bore and very nice action. Wood condition matches the rest of the gun as being exceptional. This 66 carbine is in the top tier of condition when it comes to the famed Winchester 1866!!
Antique $ 35,000.
W237 EXTRAORDINARY DELUXE ENGRAVED WINCHESTER 1866 RIFLE
Item # W237
Exhibition grade rifle factory engraved by Conrad Ulrich. This is a very special Winchester with gold plated receiver. Some gold plating remains in protected areas. Full coverage engraving on both sides with several game scenes and the precise beautiful engraving that Mr. Ulrich was noted for. All engraving is crisp and clean as is the whole gun. Bbl has aged to a pleasing blue/brown antique patina. Beautiful deep dark rich deluxe wood in VG condition. There is a very old well done repair in the wrist area. This fine Winchester was built in 1871. This Winchester is truly a piece of art!!!
Antique $ 77,500.
W131 HENRY MARKED WINCHESTER 1866
Item # W131 -27-8
This is a second model 1866 rifle built in 1868. A very good eye appealing rifle with nice antique butterscotch patina to the receiver. Bbl has orig finish which has turned the classic aged blue/grey patina. This gun is equipped with sling swivels. It has the early 1866 ladder sight. Good action. Wood is also in VG cond. Some age shrinkage at the upper tang. A coat of varnish was added years ago. Looks good and the color is right. This is a very atractive 1866 rifle.
Antique $ 16,750.
W08A 1866 WINCHESTER MUSKET
Item # W08A -27-18
Good looking musket with a pleasing butterscotch patina to the receiver. Bbl also is nice looking with an aged gre/brown patina. Wood looks good but there are a few flaws. The forearm has a crack from the end all the way down that has been repaired years ago. Also the buttstock has a chip missing out towards the plate towards the upper right. Buttplate is a bit ill fitting. A coat of something was added to the gun likely when they fixed the forearm. Still a good looking musket. An interesting stamping on the left side of the buttstock but can't quite make it out. A decent old Winchester!
Antique $ 5,875.
W1525 WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 MUSKET
Item # W1525 -27-15
Orig sights, bayonet and sling with correct swivels. Wood shows numerous mars, dings and rack marks from taking in and out of a rack. Good bbl address and turning a plum/brown. Receiver is a pale yellow. All orig good looking musket.
Antique $ 6,100.
9470 66 SRC CALIBER 44 RF WINCHESTER
Item # 27-16
Excellent bbl address. Bbl and mag tube retain 25% original blue with original sights. Excellent forearm. The upper and lower tang have been broken at one time and crudely repaired but is sound and solid and quite serviceable. The original stock is somewhat deformed but looks very good in the wrist area. The receiver in VG plus condition on 75%. The back 1/4 shows signs of abuse.
Antique $ 5,200 .