1873 Short Rifle .45 Colt, 20" Oct. Barrel

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Winchester’s 1873 rifle was the “Rifle that Won the West.” It was chambered in a new, more powerful cartridge, the .44-40—a .44 caliber bullet, propelled by 40 grains of black powder. However, a factor that really insured the success of the 1873 Winchester rifles was that Colt quickly offered its Peacemaker chambered in .44-40, as well. A cowboy could have both a lever-action rifle and his six shooter, and needed only one cartridge belt for both. Most Texas Rangers and every old West cowboy worth his salt carried 1873 rifles. Chappo, the son of Apache war chief Geronimo, packed an 1873. And Buffalo Bill carried an 1873 lever-action rifle along with a pair of .44-40 Colts in 1876 when he worked as an Army scout. This piece of rifle history is available in a variety of distinctive models including the Carbine Sporting Rifle.

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Additional Information

Caliber .45 COLT
Barrel Length 20 in.-Oct
Style Short Rifle
Capacity 10 + 1
Frame Case Hardened
Finish Standard Blue
Stock/Forearm Walnut
Overall Length No
Weight 7.9 Lbs.


Customer Reviews (3)

Love this rifle!!Review by 6shooter
I've been lusting after this rifle for awhile and finally pulled the trigger and purchased it from a local gun shop. It's pricey, but it's worth every penny. It's a beautiful firearm and shoots like a dream. It never fails to generate oohs and aahs when I show it off. The walnut and the finish on the frame are absolutely gorgeous. The octagonal barrel, while adding weight, adds style and a rugged masculinity to the gun, IMO. The action is very smooth and crisp. The edges on the lever are smooth and rounded so they don't bite into your fingers. The rear sight is adjustable for targets at different distances. It's very accurate. I've shot 300 rounds through it so far with no issues. If you are looking for a high quality lever gun in a short rifle style, I cannot possibly recommend this gun more highly. This gun is so good looking you'll want to sleep with it. In fact, I've fallen asleep with it lying next to me in bed - much to my wife's chagrin! LOL. (Posted on 8/18/2015)
Love this gun!Review by Six_shooter
Recently purchased this rifle from a local gun shop. It's a beautiful firearm. Very accurate and a real pleasure to shoot. It isn't inexpensive, but as with everything, you get what you pay for. The wood in the stock and forearm is beautiful. Love the coloring on the frame. Very smooth action. The fit between mating surfaces is excellent. Cartridges cycle smoothly and flawlessly. Buy this rifle and take it to the range. It will quickly become your favorite lever gun. (Posted on 5/28/2015)
My new favoriteReview by AJ
As soon as I took it out of the box I was very impressed with how smooth the lever was and how great the color case hardening looked. It is by far my favorite rifle, my only complaint is that it holds 10 but if you lose count you can stuff more than that in the tube and the action binds up, you just have to keep count which can be difficult considering how fast one can cycle rounds through it. (Posted on 8/15/2014)

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