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Quick Winchester Model 73 Facts
 

Weight:9.5lb (4.3kg)


Length: 49.3in (125.2cm)


Barrel length: 30in (76.2cm)
 

Caliber: .44-40 Winchester, .38-40 Winchester, .32-20 Winchester
 

Model 1873 Action: Lever-action Rifle
 

Feed system: 15 round tube magazine


Sights: Graduated rear sights,

Fixed-post front sights

 

Winchester Model 73 - Model 1873

Winchester Model 1873, model 1873

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Originally chambered for the .44-40 cartridge, the Winchester model 1873 later was chambered in .38-40 and .32-20. Winchester produced three variations of the Model 1873 lever action.  The rifle, carbine, and musket, which was only produced in small numbers. The rifle and musket variations utilized a 24" barrel while the carbine used a 20" barrel.

 

Model 73 Carbine, Model 1873 Short Rifle, Winchester model 1873 serial numbers

As expected. the carbine was the most popular and proved extremely easy to handle as well as allowing for the carry of one type of ammunition for both their rifles and pistols. Winchester produced over 720,000 carbines, making them accessible and popular for the frontiersmen; for this reason, it was granted the nickname "The Gun that Won the West"

According to several online sources, John Browning, the original designer of the Winchester model 1873 used this model as the prototype to invent the first automatic rifle.

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Model 1873 Serial Numbers

Year Manufactured First Serial Number of that Year
1873 1
1874 12
1875 2727
1876 11326
1877 2315
1878 23629
1879 27502
1880 41522
1881 63537
1882 81621
1883 109508
1884 145504
1885 175127
1886 196222
1887 222938
1888 255923
1889 284530
1890 323957
1891 363221
1892 405027
1893 441626
1894 466642
1895 481827
1896 499309
1897 507546
1898 513422
1899 525923
1900 541329
1901 554129
1902 557237
1903 564558
1904 573957
1905 588954
1906 602558
1907 --
1908 --
1909 613781
1910 630386
1911 656102
1912 669325
1913 678528
1914 684420
1915 686511
1916 688432
1917 694021
1918 698618
1919 700735
1920 702043
1921 702050
1922 702076
1923 702349

Total production of the Winchester Model 1873:  720,609.

 

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