Desirable Early Winchester Model 1866 Saddle Ring Carbine

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Desirable Early Winchester Model 1866 Saddle Ring Carbine
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Desirable Early Winchester Model 1866 Saddle Ring Carbine

This is a very nice example of an early Winchester Model 1866 carbine that was manufactured in 1870. These early 1866 carbines were always very popular with frontiersman and saw extensive use due to their compact nature and new rapid fire lever action mechanism. This example retains all of its original yellow-mustard colored patina finish on the receiver and both side plates, with a dark brown patina finish on the barrel and magazine tube. The top of the barrel has the two line, second pattern marking "WINCHESTER'S REPEATING-ARMS. NEWHAVEN. CT./KING'S IMPROVEMENT-PATENTED-MARCH 29 1866 OCTOBER 16. 1860." The left side of the receiver has the correct sling swivel and staple on the rear edge. This carbine has the third pattern hammer with the coarse knurling and no borders and it is fitted with the small loading lever. The barrel is fitted in the two-position, folding rear sight that is marked "1" on the lowest position and "3" and "5" on the long range portion. It has the first pattern front sight mounted on top of the barrel band and the early style threaded magazine cap. The serial number "43042" is stamped on the lower receiver tang behind the trigger and there is a small "B" directly behind the serial number. Has the standard walnut forend and stock with a crescent brass buttplate.

Manufucture: Winchester
Model: 1866
BBL: 20 inch round
Stock: walnut
Guage: 44 RF
Finish: blue
Serial Number: 43042

Fine overall with the exposed barrel and magazine having an old, aged dark brown patina finish overall with a very nice mustard-yellow patina on the receiver and side plates. The forend and stock are original with half of the factory oil finish overall, both showing minor handling marks and scratches with some heavier gouges on the left side of the buttstock which could be rub marks from where it hit the saddle while sitting in a rifle scabbard. A great example an all original, early Winchester 1866 SRC.