THE WINCHESTER 73 TOOK THE SHOOTING WORLD BY STORM IN 1873, AND THE NAVY ARMS VERSION OF IT BEING MADE TODAY IS A REAL WORK OF ART.
There are may cliches that describe the Winchester 1873, and most of them, the good ones anyway, have merit. My opinion is that it was probably the most popular lever- action long gun in the United States from its inception throughout the 19th century and maybe into the 20th century.
At its introduction, the Model 1873 was important for several reasons. Not like a best varmint rifle, lever-action rifles and carbines had been hugely successful since their development, including the first variant, the Henry Repeating Rifle, designed by B. Tyler Henry. As most lever-action aficionados know, the Henry put its users at a clear advantage due to its ability to quickly fire .44-caliber bullets at targets, which varied from Civil War participants to marauders, criminals, and others. Continue reading