Winchester 1866 ‘Yellow boy’ rifle:
- Total length: 100 cm, barrel: 51 cm
In 1866, the New Haven Arms Company changed its name to Winchester Repeating Arms Company. The 1866 model was the first firearm built under the name Winchester.
They were extremely popular on the Western frontier after the Civil War and generally experienced extremely extensive use.
About 170,000 of the 1866 model were manufactured from 1866 until 1898:
- Rifle: round or octagonal barrel About 28,000 produced.
- Carbine: round barrel About 127,000 produced.
- Musket: round barrel About 14,000 produced.
Commonly called ‘Yellowboy’ because of its bronze body.
This rifle is a third model that was manufactured in 1890, serial number 167634.
Round patinated barrel, marked on the top plane on two lines:
‘Winchester's Repeating Arms. New Haven. CT. King's - improvement - patented - March 29, 1866 October 16, 1860.’
Calibre marking on the bolt: ‘44 RF’.
Bronze casing with the marking ‘Cal. 44’.
Sliding rear sight and graduated front sight, half-moon brass recoil pad with holder for the rod.
This rifle uses a .44 calibre Henry rimfire cartridge.
Rifle in very good original condition, complete, no dents, bronzing still present on the grip.
Mechanism in very good condition, complete and functional, very firm springs.
Barrel with visible grooves (traces of oxidation towards the muzzle).
Chamber in very good condition.
Wood in good condition (healthy) with signs of wear (stylized marking).
Please see the pictures, I will happily answer your questions.
Sales only within France and Europe.
Good luck at auction.
- Country of manufacture
- Manufacturer/ Maker
- Model 1866 "Yellow boy" - third Model
- N° 167634 / année 1890
- Firing mechanism
- .44 Henry RF
- Barrel Rifling
- Barrel is Rifled
- Barrel/ blade length
- 51 cm
- Overall Length
- 100 cm