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March 28, 2017 - 2:49 pm
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 Hello again, I picked up another gun last night and wanted to get your opinions on it’s condition and potential value. Its a Model 1873 44 WCF, the SN is 241814B. I haven’t seen a letter in any serials of the guns I have so I don’t know if that was added later or part of it. Bore looks good, wood looks to have been redone but I don’t know for sure and the barrel definitely looks original. I’d appreciate any information on this gun that you guys can provide. 

 

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Angelo

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Angelo,

What is the barrel length? The B in the serial number was put on by the factory. When they first started production they didn’t have a letter and the they started with a “A” and then went to the “B”. On most of the pistol grip guns they omitted the letter because there was not enough room. No one has been able to determine a meaning to the letters. Your pictures are not very good so especially when you have a window behind the gun. Its best to take a overall picture like you have but then take closeups of small areas of the gun i.e. stock, receiver, forearm and barrel.

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Hey Bob,

I’ve attached a picture of the barrel length measurement. 

 

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Angelo,

The gun is a standard configuration third model with a 24″ round barrel. Round barrels are not as sought after as a octagon barrel and as such they are not worth as much. The tang sight is not for a 73, its a Lyman from a 1885 or 1886 and the rear barrel sight is not the correct for a 73 and I can’t see the front sight good enough to tell what it is. The gun looks to have no finish left. I would say the guns worth $1500. The tang sight will have some value depending on its condition.

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