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ONE OF THE EARLIEST KNOWN FIRST MODEL 1873 WINCHESTER RIFLES

SERIAL NUMBER 11. We had previously discovered the then earliest known 1873 Winchester rifle, Serial Number 13 and since have discovered Serial Number 10. In addition we have offered the earliest known 1873 Winchester carbine, Number 47, twice in the last few years. Now we have found an even earlier gun, Serial Number 11. This outstanding rifle is all original and completely untouched, with all the correct early first model features. 30" octagon barrel, full magazine, set trigger, rifle buttplate. In addition to being the earliest Winchester '73 known, this is possibly the earliest known long barrel Winchester ever. At about this same time period, a few 30-inch Model 1866 rifles were produced. The barrels on those guns are identical to the early Model 1873 barrels. An interesting feature is that the retaining band is measured the same distance from the frame as a standard rifle -- unlike the later long barrel guns where the band distance is measured from the muzzle. This makes for a very unique appearance. A one-of-a-kind gun, offered for the first time ever on the Collectors Firearms market by LeRoy Merz Antique Guns.

Sold by Merz in 2012.

ONE OF THE EARLIEST KNOWN FIRST MODEL 1873 WINCHESTER RIFLES ONE OF THE EARLIEST KNOWN FIRST MODEL 1873 WINCHESTER RIFLES ONE OF THE EARLIEST KNOWN FIRST MODEL 1873 WINCHESTER RIFLES ONE OF THE EARLIEST KNOWN FIRST MODEL 1873 WINCHESTER RIFLES ONE OF THE EARLIEST KNOWN FIRST MODEL 1873 WINCHESTER RIFLES ONE OF THE EARLIEST KNOWN FIRST MODEL 1873 WINCHESTER RIFLES ONE OF THE EARLIEST KNOWN FIRST MODEL 1873 WINCHESTER RIFLES ONE OF THE EARLIEST KNOWN FIRST MODEL 1873 WINCHESTER RIFLES ONE OF THE EARLIEST KNOWN FIRST MODEL 1873 WINCHESTER RIFLES ONE OF THE EARLIEST KNOWN FIRST MODEL 1873 WINCHESTER RIFLES

ONE OF THE EARLIEST KNOWN FIRST MODEL 1873 WINCHESTER RIFLES

SERIAL NUMBER 11. We had previously discovered the then earliest known 1873 Winchester rifle, Serial Number 13 and since have discovered Serial Number 10. In addition we have offered the earliest known 1873 Winchester carbine, Number 47, twice in the last few years. Now we have found an even earlier gun, Serial Number 11. This outstanding rifle is all original and completely untouched, with all the correct early first model features. 30" octagon barrel, full magazine, set trigger, rifle buttplate. In addition to being the earliest Winchester '73 known, this is possibly the earliest known long barrel Winchester ever. At about this same time period, a few 30-inch Model 1866 rifles were produced. The barrels on those guns are identical to the early Model 1873 barrels. An interesting feature is that the retaining band is measured the same distance from the frame as a standard rifle -- unlike the later long barrel guns where the band distance is measured from the muzzle. This makes for a very unique appearance. A one-of-a-kind gun, offered for the first time ever on the Collectors Firearms market by LeRoy Merz Antique Guns.

Sold by Merz in 2012.

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Fergus Falls, MN 56538

Phone: (218) 739-3255 ~ Email: leroy@merzantique.com

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