1873 Lever-Action Rifle, silver finish. #22-1253L.
1873 Lever-Action Rifle, Silver Finish
- This deluxe, non-firing replica of the Model 1873 lever-action rifle features a silver finish. The receiver is engraved with a hunting scene and scroll work. Made of metal and wood, it has the weight and heft of the real thing, and working mechanical parts that clearly demonstrate the 1873's famous lever-action loading system.
HISTORY: One of the most popular and famous rifles ever produced, the 1873 Model was the cowboy's favorite. It became such a common sight throughout the American West that it was called "The gun that won the west", a title it shared with Colt's famous .45 caliber revolver.
The Model 1873 owed its popularity to a stronger steel frame that was able to accept the new, more powerful center-fire metal cartridges. Originally configured to accept .44-40 rounds, later models of the 1873 chambered .38-40s and .32-20s, three cartridges widely used in popular handguns of the day. This allowed a cowboy to carry two weapons that used the same centerfire ammo--a major consideration for a man carrying all his worldly goods in his saddlebags.