Navy Arms is back, although it didn’t really go away; it has just been a long time since it has sold firearms. The company has entered into collaboration with Winchester and Turnbull to create a remarkably well-built and beautiful 1873 Winchester lever action. The guns are manufactured in Japan by Winchester and then given a rich color case-hardened and blued finish by Turnbull here in the states. The walnut is high-grade wood from Missouri that Navy Arms hand selects and ships to Japan for these rifles.
The examples that Navy Arms has here at the SHOT Show have smooth actions and crisp triggers coupled with the deep luster and brilliant colors we’ve come to expect from a Turnbull finish. These are genuine eye candy and the type of deep mottled finish that makes you much more conscious of your fingerprints.
Other features include your choice of 20” or 24 ¼” barrels, square butt-plates and gold bead front sights with semi-buckhorn rear sights. The initial models will be chambered in .45 Long Colt and .38/.357 Magnum. Navy expects to ship by July. The MSRP will be $2,500, which may seem like a lot for a Winchester, but not one that looks and runs like this.