American Rifleman - November 2013 - (Page 64)
WINCHESTER MODEL 73
he well-established reputation of the
Winchester Rifle has induced certain parties to offer for sale other makes of guns as
‘Improved Winchester.’ We desire to caution buyers
that all guns made by us are stamped on the barrel or
on the lower tang … ‘Manufactured by the Winchester
Repeating Arms Co.’ … All Guns bearing these stamps
are guaranteed by us, if used with Ammunition of
our manufacture.” So read, in part, the “Caution to
Purchasers” on page 2 of the March 1891 Winchester
Repeating Arms Co. catalog, right under a sectional
drawing of the Model 1873’s action.
The Winchester Model of 1873 has been called
“The Gun that Won the West” for generations—and
with good reason. Nearly a quarter-million of the
iconic lever-actions were produced between 1873
and 1919. Today, for the first time since the signing
of the Versailles Treaty, the Winchester 1873 is back
on the market with the venerable Winchester name
“stamped” (really roll-marked) on the barrel.
Photos by Forrest MacCormack; accoutrements courtesy of Philip Schreier
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