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Where do I start to trace history of a gun?
February 10, 2019
8:19 pm
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I am completely new to the Winchester world and just bought a 1873 that dates from the 1880s according to its serial number. 

 

I have an old Colt saa and Bisley and with these I have used the Colt Archive letter to start my research. Is there an equivalent for Winchester ? I have seen Cody mentioned? 

Any and all suggestions on where to research glafly accepted.

February 10, 2019
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Andy,

I have been doing a survey of 1873's and if you could get me the serial number I can check if it has showed up over the years. The only information you will get from The Cody Museum is the guns configuration it left the factory as and the date it entered the left the warehouse. If the gun has a presentation name engraved on it or carved in the wood you can try to search that but beyond that you would have to get history from the previous owner.

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February 11, 2019
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Thanks Bob, the sn is 114249 A.

 

I bought it from a dealer so don’t know previous owner unfortunately.

February 11, 2019
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I have it already in my survey and the information came from a older survey that was done by Jim Gordon for research for his book "Winchesters New Model of 1873". Its listed as a Octagon Rifle  in 44 caliber. I checked his book and it is not pictured in it. Jim traveled to gun shows recording 73's he saw and had other collectors and dealers send him lists of guns they had. He also collected information from auction houses. I would say that your not going to find anything out from its past ownership since its passed through several dealers. If it had been owned by the same family for a long time you stood a chance to find out about it.

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February 11, 2019
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Understood. Thanks for the info

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