US Winchester Model 1873 .44 Caliber Rifle

  • Firearms Thru History
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

The height of the Winchester Class of repeating rifles, the vaunted Model 1873 was known as "The Gun That Won The West". One of the most popular of Winchester's gun, it was affordable and cheap to produce. A lever action cyclic rate of fire weapon, The Model 1873 used a .44 Cal. Rimfire fire round. Capable of an effective range of 250-yards, The US Army purchased several thousand for use with Cavalry and Scouts. The weapon was also popular with many Western Lawmen, and conversely - Outlaws. The Model 1873 was 8-pounds and 44-inches in length. Most popular as a "Saddle Gun", the rifle would remain quite popular until well into the 20th Century.