“DODGE CITY RIFLE SHOOT” MARKED WINCHESTER 1873 EARLY FIRST MODEL DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE.
inv # 01-17678
Cal. 44 WCF.
This rare, possibly historic, Winchester has features that closely match the famous “One of One Thousand” Winchester 1873 rifles. The 1950 Jimmy Stewart movie “Winchester 73”, told the story of the One of One Thousand rifle that was first prize at the “Centennial Rifle Shoot” in Dodge City, Kansas, July 4, 1876. The left side of stock of this rifle has a 2 1/2″ x 3/4″ rectangular silver plate marked “First Prize / Dodge City Rifle Shoot / July 4, 1879”. This rifle has a combination of features that are rarely found on early Winchester rifles. Features include: 28″ oct. bbl. (4″ longer than standard), case colored action, single set trigger, stock & forearm of XX fancy walnut w/ checkering, combination front sight & vernier tang sight along w/ flat top sporting rear sight. Rifle also features full length mag., moetised thumb print dust cover, & crescent steel trapdoor buttplate. Inside left of lower tang has wood grade marking “XX” followed by assembly number “326”. Matching assembly number “326” is found in top tang channel of stock.