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1873 Abomination or not?
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October 23, 2021 - 12:47 am
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https://www.proxibid.com/Firearms-Military-Artifacts/Firearms/Winchester-1873-38-WCF-SN-324770/lotInformation/64051283

I handled this yesterday. Mechanically it seem pretty sound, bore and rifling looked okay (as described). Must have been a basket case to think of such an extreme refinishing technique.

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Who’d say “not”?  Takes “abomination” to a whole ‘nother level!  And think: some depraved mind paid real dough to have this monstrosity created. 

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We all know you can’t polish a turd but apparently you can etch one. 

 

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Okay, I feel better in my puzzled assessment while handling this rifle. The etching is deep and has lots of texture. That someone put in a fair amount of effort is obvious. 

Sadly, the etching has none of the pleasing look or feel of a finely engraved rifle. This shop has a deep relief very heavily Ulrich engraved 1873. The contrast couldn’t be more extreme.

They also have a beauty of an 1873 with curly-eye maple stock. And it letters as special ordered with that stock.

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The gun sold in 2016 at RIA for $1840. Acid etching has been around for a long time. Colts are well known for their etch panel. Its a cheap and easy way to add a decoration to metal. I’ve seen several 73’s with acid etch but this one is the most elaborate.  I guess someone thought it looked good

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Bob,

Wow, the depth of knowledge and experience on this board is amazing! To recognize one from 5 years ago and the price, wow!

And yes the etching is very elaborate and seems well done. However, it just has this really cheap look and feel to it. almost like chromed plastic. Last check it was up to $1000. 

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The gun sold in 2016 at RIA for $1840. Acid etching has been around for a long time. Colts are well known for their etch panel. Its a cheap and easy way to add a decoration to metal. I’ve seen several 73’s with acid etch but this one is the most elaborate.  I guess someone thought it looked good

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The chief objection is not that it’s etched, but that the etching is grossly un-historical.  The same pattern applied to a new Benelli shotgun would be a different matter.  How hard would it have been to find historically accurate etching patterns to copy?

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 Well at least you can say ,it is different.Smile

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If I got it for $500.00 I’d make it look like a relic and something I’d pay $750.00 for.

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Bob,

Wow, the depth of knowledge and experience on this board is amazing! To recognize one from 5 years ago and the price, wow!

And yes the etching is very elaborate and seems well done. However, it just has this really cheap look and feel to it. almost like chromed plastic. Last check it was up to $1000. 

Take care!

Matt  

Matt,

That is what spread sheets and the “Save” button are for.  It really is pretty easy to keep tabs on guns like this if you put in the time.

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