Winchester Rifle 1873

"The Gun That Won the West!"

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From Wikipedia : One of the most successful, and certainly one of the most famous Winchester rifles was the Winchester Model 1873. Originally chambered for the .44-40 cartridge, it was later produced in .38-40 and .32-20, all of which were also popular handgun cartridges of the day. Due to feeding problems, the original Model 1873 was never offered in the military standard .45 Colt cartridge, although a number of modern reproductions of the rifle are chambered for the round. The popularity of the Winchester in .44-40 led Colt to manufacture a version of the Single Action Army revolver chambered for the same round called the “Frontier Model”;3 Winchester produced three variations of the Model 1873: the rifle, carbine, and musket (although the musket variation accounted for less than 5-10 percent of those produced). The rifle variation used a 24" barrel while the carbine used a 20" barrel. The carbine was the most popular due to its portability as well as allowing its users to conveniently carry one type of ammunition for both their rifles and pistols. Winchester produced over 720,000 carbines, making them hugely popular and readily available on the frontier. This popularity has led the Model 1873 to be credited as “The Gun that Won the West”, although there are some that claim the Springfield Model 1873 deserves the title due to both the U.S. Army’s and civilians’ heavy usage of Springfields. Regardless, the legend inspired the 1950 Western film Winchester ’73 starring Jimmy Stewart and directed by Anthony Mann.

Winchester Rifle 1873

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