Winchester Model 1873 Rifle Recovered in Great Basin NP

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Winchester Model 1873 Rifle Recovered in Great Basin NP

Post by Jim_b » Sat Jan 24, 2015 10:23 am

BAKER, NV – On November 6, 2014 Cultural Resource Program Manager, Eva Jensen working with the park archaeology team, noticed an object beneath a Juniper tree. Getting a closer look she discovered that is was a rifle.

Numerous questions surround the small piece of American heritage in Great Basin National Park. The 132 year-old rifle, exposed to sun, wind, snow, and rain was found leaning against a tree in the park. The cracked wood stock, weathered to grey, and the brown rusted barrel blended into the colors of the old juniper tree in a remote rocky outcrop, keeping the rifle hidden for many years.

“Model 1873” distinctively engraved on the mechanism identify the rifle as the Winchester Model 1873 repeating rifle. The serial number on the lower tang corresponds in Winchester records held at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West Museum in Cody, Wyoming, with a manufacture and shipping date of 1882. Currently, the detailed history of this rifle is unknown. Winchester records do not indicate who purchased the rifle from the warehouse or where it was shipped. The rifle was not loaded when it was found, but would have held .44-40 caliber ammunition when in use. more... http://www.desertusa.com/dusablog/winch ... in-np.html

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Re: Winchester Model 1873 Rifle Recovered in Great Basin NP

Post by DesertDiver » Thu Apr 16, 2015 3:40 am

This is a really cool & exciting find.

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