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Beware of replica 73
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There is a non firing Replica 73 being sold by a outfit in Switzerland which has the Winchester markings and a serial number from a real Winchester. One of these showed up on Gun Broker a few years ago. It a octagon barrel 44 caliber deluxe rifle with engraved gold plated receiver with the J Ulirich stamp on the bottom. It bears serial number 494993 and is a copy of serial number 494993 which belonged to Buffalo Bill Cody. The barrel is not drilled all the way and I assume its doesn’t have a working firing pin. It does not have any markings saying its made by someone other Winchester.  It wouldn’t fool a knowledgeable collector if you see it in person but a beginner might get fooled. Here is the web site.

https://www.waffenzimmi.ch/produkt/winchester-mod-1873-replica-graviert-von-julrich/

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Reminds me of a story I once heard from an old collector about an old boy who had a show table near the front door at a show.  This Henry walks in the door and he was the first to lay hands on it.  A sell price was relayed by the seller, and the table-holder, who had some cash of his own then went about borrowing money from folks he knew at the show to raise enough to eventually buy the gun, at a substantial cost.  He was in such a hurry in making what he thought was a good deal on the rifle he failed to really look the rifle over.  Later in the show, and while showing his new prize to a fellow collector, it was pointed out the rifle was marked Uberti…or so the story goes. 

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  I had a friend bring over a Henry he had on approval for inspection . The barrel was marked Henry but looked suspicious. Bore and chamber 45 long colt.

  Replica guns and parts are used to make fake guns. Henry’s, Colts, and especially percussion Colts have been remarked and aged to look real. Look before you leap. T/R 

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The “gun” is from Franklin Mint and was officially licensed.

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