Winchester 1873 Take-Down in .22 Short Caliber c. 1884

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Description: The serial number of this ’73 (160989) would indicate manufacture in 1884. It appears to be a standard model with a 24” octagon barrel and crescent style butt stock. But that’s as much “standard” as there is. First, the gun is chambered in .22 Short. (Of 720,609 Models of 1873 made, only 350 were in .22 caliber - either Short or Long). Second, this is an extremely rare take-down variation. The take-down version was produced for only five months – 1884, from about serial number 150,000 to 175,000 – and of the few which were made, many were deemed unsuitable and had their mechanism pinned and peened so as to not have the take-down function available. The number of take-down versions is EXTREMELY small.

The take-down feature was accomplished by inserting a non-threaded barrel into a non-threaded receiver and securing it with a tapered cross pin which was placed through both sides of the receiver from the left side, and a hole in the bottom, breech end, of the barrel. Because of the weight of the barrel, it did not take long, with much use, for the whole mechanism to become loose and unsafe. Hence, the short life span of the ’73 take-down. Also, it was easy to lose the cross pin, and it is common for the few existent take-downs to have something other than the original taper pin holding the action together.

This rifle is in good working order and has a well-used but shootable bore with visible rifling and general shallow black powder pitting. There is little if any original finish, most of the metal having patina’d. The inner magazine tube is in good condition. I believe the butt stock has been changed or replaced, but all the other parts except the taper pin appear to be original.

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Our prices reflect a 4% discount for cash or certified funds (Cashier’s Check, USPS Money Order – no Western Union or other type money order). Credit card payments do not receive this discount. We can take VISA or MasterCard, and will consider trades for U.S. gold and silver coins at spot value. Contact information can be found by Googling Columbia Precision (tang sights).


Condition: Used - See Item Description
Brand: Winchester
Caliber: .22 Short
Location: CO

Trades Accepted: Yes.

Prices are generally firm, but some trades are excepted for partial payment. Cashier's Checks are the preferred method of payment, USPS Money Orders, 2nd choice. Personal checks are held for two weeks, and discouraged. No PayPal. Foreign sales are possible with proper brokerage, payment (usually credit card) and shipping arrangements. We will ship to California (which is almost a foreign country!) Layaway is possible for items priced over $1500, with payments including 1/3 down, 1/3 at 30 days and final payment with shipping at 60 days. Card fees are 4% with VISA and MasterCard preferred. Shipping is generally USPS Priority, insured. Shipping amounts quoted may be changed to the exact cost if requested, and overseas shipping will be charged on specific individual item shipping cost. With two partners, I own Pawnee Sportsmens Center LLC, near Fort Collins, Colorado. We have trap & skeet, sporting clays, rifle/pistol, 1000-yard range, 3-gun, cowboy action shooting, and upland game bird hunting. I have done antique and obsolete firearms repairs as well as restorations and appraisals for 40 years. I primarily deal in Lever Action Winchesters and Colt Single Action Army revolvers. We have some Colt and Winchester parts, and I manufacture the Columbia Precision Tang Peep Sight for lever guns and some single shots. If you Google Columbia Precision, you can get to my direct email

Shipping Notes: Priority, insured.

Item #: 966426524
SKU: 1873
Stock No.: ADBWIN'73TD.22989
Seller Since: Feb. 2002
Identity Verified ( Timnath, CO )
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City: Timnath
State: CO
Phone: 303-808-2007
Price:
$6,850.00


Shipping: $100.00 (or Arrange local transfer)
Accepted Payment Methods: Visa MasterCard Check Money Order
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