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1872 Antique WINCHESTER “YELLOWBOY” Model 1866 .44 Caliber SADDLE RING Carbine ENGRAVED ICONIC Lever Action SRC Made in 1872
1872 Antique WINCHESTER “YELLOWBOY” Model 1866 .44 Caliber SADDLE RING Carbine
ENGRAVED ICONIC Lever Action SRC Made in 1872
Here we present an antique Winchester Model 1866 “Yellowboy” Saddle Ring Carbine, manufactured in New Haven, Connecticut in 1872. After the close of the American Civil War, the New Haven Arms Company became the Winchester Repeating Arms Company. One of its first orders of business was in revising and improving the Henry Rifle, which proved revolutionary to understate it. A new rifle was envisioned and became the lever-action repeating Winchester Model 1866. Known as the Yellowboy, due to its brass frame and hardware, this was the first Winchester lever action rifle. It remains absolutely iconic as the “gun that won the West”, being used by pioneers, Native Americans, cowboys, lawmen, and ne'er-do-wells alike.
It is the cornerstone for many a historical collection. It was revolutionary for its time, though it was based on the Henry Rifle that saw limited use during the American Civil War. Winchester improved upon the weaknesses of that design to make a very reliable, sturdy, and accurate rifle with a high volume of fire. The magazine tube became totally enclosed from the elements and the frame-mounted loading gate was introduced, allowing quick reloads and the ability to top off the magazine. The Model 1866 proved an immediate success for Winchester, with around 170,000 guns going on to be manufactured. The 1866 appeared in three forms for the mass market. They were the carbine, rifle, and the musket. The carbine, as is this rifle, made up 127,000 of the guns produced, making it by far the most popular.
This example features old (non-factory) scroll engraving throughout the receiver. The sides showcase large, traditional, intertwining floral scrolls with a punch-dot background. The top of the receiver has an engraved section around the firing pin (heart motif), behind the ejection port (tent-like motif), and in front of the port (ichthys flanked by wings). There is a small flourish at the top tang screw. The lifter has its own panel of engraving with a small scroll behind, and the lever slot has a punch-dot border. The rear of the bottom receiver has a small flourish. The top of the butt plate tang likewise has a small scroll.
The overall condition is very good. The action functions properly although the hammer spring is not as strong as it once was. The bore is dim with thin rifling. Deep floral engravings adorn all sides of the frame. This example has a solid walnut stock with honest wear. Here is a nice example of an icon for the West, for Winchester, and for American gun making!
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Barrel is 20 inches.
Caliber: .44 Centerfire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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