1866 Lever-Action Rifle, brass finish. #22-1140L.
1866 'Yellow Boy' Lever-Action Rifle, Brass
- This quality non-firing replica has the weight and heft of the original, with a working lever and trigger mechanism. brass finish receiver with blued finish barrel, and hardwood stock and foregrip. 19 inch barrel. 37-1/8 inch overall length.
HISTORY: Following the Civil War, the New Haven Arms Company--manufacturer of the legendary Henry repeating rifle--was renamed Winchester, and created the first Model 1866. The first M1866 was nicknamed "Yellow Boy" because of its 'brass' receiver, which was actually made of a bronze alloy called "gunmetal".
Developed from the popular Henry repeating rifle, the M1866 was famous for rugged construction and a lever-action breech mechanism that allowed a rifleman to fire several shots before having to reload. Initially the 1866 could only accept .44 caliber rimfire cartridges, but the modern center fire cartridges were later added to the production line. The tubular magazine is located beneath the barrel.