Merz Antique Firearms ~ Catalog of Old Guns and Related Items
Over the last 30-35 years, I've probably had a total of 12 or 13 of these Winchester pistols. Every one I have had or examined have been different. The taper of the bbl, the sight, notches or grooves, the handles-whether it be walnut, brass or pot metal. The complete designs vary from heavy bbls to pencils bbls. I don't know just what they were trying to do. Every one I have examined has been under serial #20. I understand that at one time, these were offered for sale to the public in both Australia and New Zealand-I have not been able to confirm that, but 3 of these guns came from New Zealand. The sides of the walnut stocks are marked: one is marked '102', one is '103' and one is '104'. I'm not sure if this is Winchester's marking or the marking of an importer. The serial # on the same 3 guns, respectfully, are ser #4, #1 and #6. We'll sell these as a set or individually. Very unusual and quite collectible-I wish I had kept all the ones I've had over the years. Some range from VG quality to a strange, very crude, poor quality for Winchester.