.44-40

A rare Winchester Model 1873 Saddle Ring Carbine (SRC) in good condition (with repaired stock) and in the desirable caliber .44-40. Serial number 36470B — thus made in 1891. Of the more than 750,000 Model 1873s made by Winchester less than one-third were carbines, and of those carbines, the most powerful caliber was .44-40.  This is the most desirable M1873 variant, for collectors.  Because Saddle Ring Carbines often got rough treatment carried horseback for decades on western ranches, most of these guns were damaged and got heavy wear to their exterior. Horse roll-overs often meant that stock repairs were made at the tang — like seen on this one. Because of the repaired sock, this carbine is very affordably priced. It displays poor to fair condition wood. The metal on the receiver, the correct 20” barrel and magazine display less than 10% of their original blue. (See the photos.) The original rotary charging lever lock is intact and nice and tight but it does not engage.  (The adjustment screw should be raised a bit, if you take this carbine apart.) It retains the original front sight and saddle ring. The rear sight has been replaced by a KING’S blued carbine rear sight. The dust cover is intact and has just a bit of lateral play which is unusual as most are either very sloppy loose or entirely missing from this model, especially on carbines. The correct carbine buttplate has the brass sliding trap door for cleaning rod storage. The barrel top has clear, crisp markings (typical “King’s Improvement…”), so this carbine does not appear to have been refinished. The upper tang is also clearly marked “MODEL 1873.” The action is tight and fully functioning. These are significantly more rare than the Winchester. 1873 rifle version. The survival rate of pre-1885 Model 1873 Saddle Ring Carbines is small. Even ones in rough condition have been fetching $6,000 at recent auctions.  I found this carbine in Trinity County, California. It’s original owner was rancher Charles Reed. His ranch was near the tiny semi-ghost town of Callahan, Trinity County, California–which was a Wells Fargo stage stop and bank town. (EIRM-880)

$2,250.00

Belgian-made copy of a S&W .44 Double Action revolver. This revolver is a six shot, double action model with a 6-inch barrel and is chambered in 44-40 Winchester — as is marked (“For .44. Winchester Cartridge”) on the barrel rib. There is no maker marking. Marked “Belgium” on the left side of the frame and serial number 183X on the right side of the frame along with typical Belgian proof marks. The action works fine in double and single action with good timing, but the lock-up at full cock is slightly wobbly. The bore is good, and looks quite shootable with sharp rifling, but some pitting. I’d rate the bore at 6/10. The smooth walnut grips are good looking and well-proportioned but possibly replacements and the grip screw nut (brass) is definitely a replacement.  (See photos.) Also included in a very nice condition Lawrence of Oregon pre-WW2 leather shoulder holster (for a right-hander) that fits quite well.  (IUS-711)

$1,125.00

A scarce Smith and Wesson Double Action Frontier chambered in .44-40 Winchester with some Nez Perce Indian tribal history. Here is another great “off the ranch” revolver, from the Nez Perce Reservation in north-central Idaho. Has a 6-1/2″ barrel, 1-9/16″ cylinder, fixed sights, DA/SA action, and original black gutta percha grips that are worn and faded to a pleasant chocolate brown. Single action mechanism locks back but the hammer will release with thumb pressure. Double action works well and locks the cylinder tightly. Bore shows light pitting but is bright, with good rifling. Serial numbers match on butt, cylinder, latch, barrel, and grips. Grips are also inscribed inside with the Indian name “Sam Penny” on one side and “Lapwai, Idaho” on the other. Original nickel finish is only about 70% but the factory markings are clear. One grip panel has a chip, and there are some small indentations at the butt, where this revolver’s frame was apparently used at least once, to drive tacks. (So you can tell folks: “This gun is a tack driver.”) Please see photos for details. Manufactured between 1886-1898, with just 15,340 produced in.44-40.  (The mast majority of antique S&W large frame DAs were chambered in .44. S&W Russian.) This one falls in the middle of that range at #642X — circa 1892. (EPLS-616)

$2,875.00

Belgian-made Montenegrin revolver. This massive revolver is a five shot, double action model and is chambered in 44-40 Winchester. The frame is marked “44”. The action works fine in double and single action with good timing and tight lock up. The frame is marked “BELGIUM”. The bore is good, with distinct rifling with some pits, but it is need of a good cleaning. So to be safe I’d rate it at 5/10. The metal is mostly patina with some shallow pitting. The bluing on the cylinder is remarkably good,, for its age. It has bone grips. The extractor ring lifts and drops, but is not the type that pops down automatically. While not a very practical shooter, it is a working .44-40  and definitely has a great Steampunk vibe. (IEL-588) $925

$925.00 $795.00

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