WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS, USA
A GOOD .32-20 (WIN) LEVER-ACTION REPEATING RIFLE, MODEL '1873 SHORT-RIFLE', serial no. 190980B,
for 1885, with blued round 22in. barrel signed by the maker, dove-tailed fore-sight, buckhorn rear-sight, blued receiver with stepped nocksform, blued sliding dust-cover, external hammer, walnut butt-stock with shotgun heel-plate, colour hardened finger-lever, brass cartridge lifter with calibre marking, walnut fore-end with blued iron nose-cap and full-length under-barrel magazine, the whole with much finish remaining
Provenance: Short rifles by Winchester are rare. Most clients were happy with the carbine models if they required a shorter barrel, and consequently few were ordered. According to Madis 'The Winchester Book', when working out comparative rarities between special order features, short barrels on rifles occur one in every four hundred and fifty rifles produced. Then take the statistic that only 58.4% of total production was rifles and that .32-20 was chambered only in approximately one in every hundred guns and that only one in six had a round barrel and it quickly becomes apparent that this short rifle is a rare item indeed
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S1 - Sold as a Section 1 Firearm under the 1968 Firearms Act