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Low serial number Winchester 1873
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August 3, 2021 - 11:08 pm
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I’m bidding on a Winchester model 1873 at an auction. The gun is serial number 5. How much do I expect to pay? $25,000 … $35,000 ?

No this gun was not made in 1873. It’s brand new. It’s a Winchester made in Japan by Miroku.
I don’t expect to pay much more than store price (stores are out of stock). I am not going to pay more for the low serial number. Actually I don’t like the fact that it has a low serial number.

They say the serial number is 5 but in actuality it’s 00005ZR73R. It’s like they have a model number in the serial number. Why does Winchester do this? It’s just a gimmick.
How do I look up the manufacture date? Any serial number database will say serial number 5 was made in 1873.

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Remove a zero and it may still be too much?  I don’t know what these normally cost but serious antique collectors have very little interest in such rifles. 

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David-

I believe there is collector interest in Miroku and other post-64 Winchester-branded firearms but this may be a bit new even for them. I personally wouldn’t pay more than MSRP for the gun but I suspect it has already passed that point. Miroku makes some very high-quality firearms but most of us focus on pre-64, pre-war or antique Winchesters.

 

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