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What's this dapper cowboy carrying - 73? 76? 86?
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I bought this image at an antique show over the weekend and am trying to pin down what model rifle he’s holding. My expertise is not advanced enough to pin in down, but my guess is that it’s an 1873, 1876, or 1886. Any insight would be appreciated. Thanks!

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Looks like an 1876 to me.  Cool photo!

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 I agree.Looks to be a 76.

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I bought this image at an antique show over the weekend and am trying to pin down what model rifle he’s holding. My expertise is not advanced enough to pin in down, but my guess is that it’s an 1873, 1876, or 1886. Any insight would be appreciated. Thanks!  

The Model 1873 was offered with a standard 24 inch barrel while the 1876 came with a 28 inch.  If we assume that the rifle is not a special order then based on the overall length I would agree that it is a Model 1876.  Not certain of the caliber though!! Kiss

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Thank you all for your input! It looks like we have a winner! Now, if only I could pin down the revolver he’s got. That one’s going to be a lot tougher. From what little I can see, I don’t believe it to be a Colt SAA. I’m actually leaning toward a Smith & Wesson Model 3.

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Logan,  Look at the length of the receiver ahead of the sideplate, plus how far the buttstock extends towards the hammer.  Its an 1876 rifle.  Tim

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I just wanted to say thank you to everyone for the very matter-of-fact help with the identification of the rifle. I went over to another forum to see if there was any hope in identifying the pistol in the holster and that thread went completely off the rails.

So again, thank you for being what the gun collecting community should be.

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It’s definitely a ’76 and it appears to have factory sling swivels.

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Left handed holsters seem to be abundant in the old west.  The photo is marked “HIGH CALIBER HISTORY”.  RDB

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That is a early 76 based on the front swivel style.

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Left handed holsters seem to be abundant in the old west.  The photo is marked “HIGH CALIBER HISTORY”.  RDB  

That’s my watermark that I added after I scanned the photo.

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Just curious. How many 76s had factory swivels?

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Based on my 76 forearm stock of 9-3/8″ I scaled the photo and it is a 28″ barrel. Don

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Very difficult to determine how many 76’s had factory installed sling swivels.   I’ve owned several with original factory swivels, but only a couple of them actually had them listed in the letter. 

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There is probably a summary count of rifles with sling swivels in the Houze book on 1876’s.   Bob, regarding the sling swivels, while they are not mentioned in the ledger for 63827, they appear to be original on this late deluxe rifle (if what im seeing in the pic is the same swivel). 

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Chris,

This is the swivel I’m seeing in the tin type. It looks to be the same as on my early first model 73.

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Bob,

Thanks for the clarification, your 100% right on the swivels, had forgotten about the swivel type example thats on your 73 and can see how the later ones are a bit different on the swivel hinges. 

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As you may know, Logan, many photos like this one were taken with guns and clothing supplied by the photography studio. Good luck on the revolver ID!

 

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