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Winchester 1873 Background

The Winchester 1873 is popularly known as the “Gun That Won the West,” thanks to smart advertising by the manufacturer, as the West was not won by just one gun. Winchester Repeating Arms manufactured more than 720,000 lever-action Winchester 1873 rifles between 1873 and 1919, and the rifle was used by forces in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Ottoman Empire. Famous gun writer, Ned Crossman, said the Winchester 1873 “put the name Winchester on the map of the West, trotting along with the equally formidable Colt gun at the belt of the frontiersman.” The new ten-shot Winchester 1873 is only available with a 20-inch round barrel equipped to fire .357 Magnum ammo and .38 Special rounds.

Winchester 1873 Technical Specifications

Originally chambered for .44-40 ammo, the Winchester 1873 was later produced for .38-40 and .32-20 handgun cartridges, allowing the user to carry just one kind of ammo when switching between a rifle and handgun. There are three variations of the Winchester 1873 rifle; a full-stocked musket, carbine, and sporting model. The 20-inch barrel carbine was the most popular because it was easier to shoot and transport. The musket accounted for less than 10 percent of total production of Winchester 1873s. The Winchester 1873 weighs approximately 9.5 pounds, measures 49.3 inches long, and has an average barrel length of 30 inches. It has a 15-round tube magazine feed system, graduated rear sights, and fixed-post front sights.

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