Winchester Model 1873

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Winchester Model 1873 carbine - 1st generation rifle - 44-40 Cal.
The 1873 "Short Rifle" model with octagon barrel
Deluxe Winchester Model 1873 with engraving
A Mare's Leg cut down from a Winchester Model 1873 rifle with octagonal barrel. This has the tear drop shaped lever loop and case hardened receiver. This original Winchester rifle was cut down for the film Wild Wild West (1999) and was the screen used gun by Will Smith in the movie.

Referred to as the "Gun that Won the West", the Winchester model 1873 was manufactured in the following calibers: .44-40, .38-40 and .32-20. Modern replicas are offered in those calibers and also the .45 long colt, though it wasn't originally offered in that caliber.

Something many don't know, John M. Browning, the inventor of the rifle, used an 1873 to make his first prototype automatic firing gun. After seeing what a muzzle blast could do to a patch of grass, he tested it and found he was correct. The muzzle blast from the gun was heavy enough to be harnessed, so he took a flapper and attached it to the muzzle and the lever and invented his first automatic rifle.

Seen in the following:



  • Weight: 9.5lb (4.3kg)
  • Length: 49.3in (125.2cm)
  • Barrel length: 30in (76.2cm)
  • Caliber: .44-40 Winchester, .38-40 Winchester, .32-20 Winchester, .22 rimfire
  • Action: Lever-action
  • Feed system: 15 round tube magazine
  • Sights: Graduated rear sights, Fixed-post front sights


Actor Character Title Note Date
Prison Guard San Quentin 1937
Charles Drake Steve Miller Winchester '73 Custom "One of a Thousand" 1950
James Stewart Lin McAdam Winchester '73 Custom "One of a Thousand" 1950
Millard Mitchell Frankie Wilson Winchester '73 1950
Rock Hudson Young Bull Winchester '73 Custom "One of a Thousand" 1950
Stephen McNally Dutch Henry Brown Winchester '73 Custom "One of a Thousand" 1950
Tony Curtis Pvt. Doan Winchester '73 Custom "One of a Thousand" 1950
Will Geer Wyatt Earp Winchester '73 Custom "One of a Thousand" 1950
George Peppard Zeb How the West Was Won 1962
Lee J. Cobb Marshal Lou Ramsey How the West Was Won 1962
Charlton Heston Will Penny Will Penny 1968
Lee Majors Blue Will Penny 1968
Paul Newman Roy Bean The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean 1972
Yul Brynner Gunslinger Westworld 1973
Rival gang member A Boy and His Dog 1975
David Carradine Cole Younger The Long Riders 1980
James Keach Jesse James The Long Riders 1980
Randy Quaid Clell Miller The Long Riders 1980
Stacy Keach Frank James The Long Riders 1980
Andrew Stevens RCMP Constable Adams Death Hunt 1981
William Sanderson Ned Warren Death Hunt 1981
Jeff Fahey Tyree Silverado 1985
Kevin Kline Paden Silverado 1985
Rusty Meyers Roscoe Silverado 1985
Scott Glenn Emmet Hollis Silverado 1985
Todd Allen Deputy Kern Silverado 1985
Aidan Quinn Alfred Ludlow Legends of the Fall 1994
Brad Pitt Tristan Ludlow Legends of the Fall 1994
Julia Ormond Susannah Fincannon Ludlow Legends of the Fall 1994
Mulholland Falls Seen On Gen. Timms' rifle rack 1996
Vincent Berry Deke Barr Breakdown 1997
Will Smith Capt. James "Jim" West Wild Wild West Cut-down to resemble "Mare's Leg" 1999
Christian Kane J.T. Langston Crossfire Trail 2001
Wilford Brimley Joe Gill Crossfire Trail 2001
carried by various cowboys throughout Monte Walsh 2002
Kevin Costner Charlie Waite Open Range 2003
Michael Gambon Denton Baxter Open Range 2003
Robert Duvall Boss Spearman Open Range 2003
Billy Connolly Zebulon Gant The Last Samurai 2003
Tom Cruise Nathan Algren The Last Samurai Trapper model 2003
Sean Connery Allen Quatermain The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen 2003
Shane West Agent Tom Sawyer The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen 2003
John Dixon Big Horse Johnson Tremors 4: The Legend Begins 2004
Vigilantes Desperation 2006
Gang members The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford 2007
Ed Harris Virgil Cole Appaloosa "Short Rifles" with 20" Octagonal barrels 2008
Jeremy Irons Randall Bragg Appaloosa "Short Rifles" with 20" Octagonal barrels 2008
Kenneth Welsh Patrick O'Flynn Survival of the Dead 2010


Actor Character Title Note Date
Marina Sirtis Deanna Troi Star Trek: The Next Generation 1987-1994
Pablo Espinosa Major Fredrick Funston Rough Riders 1997
Gina Torres Zoe Alleyne Washburne Firefly 2002-2003
Dayton Callie Charlie Utter Deadwood 2004-2006
Jim Beaver Whitney Ellsworth Deadwood 2004-2006
Robin Weigert Calamity Jane Deadwood 2004-2006
Sean Bridgers Johnny Burns Deadwood 2004-2006
W. Earl Brown Dan Dority Deadwood 2004-2006
Top Shot - Season 3 2011

Video Games

Title Referred as Mods Note Release Date
Lead and Gold: Gangs of the Wild West 2010


Title Character Note Date
Cowboy Bebop the Movie: Knockin' on Heaven's Door Seen in the spaghetti western Jet watches 2001
Asobi ni Ikuyo: Bombshells from the Sky Seen in Manami's virtual armory 2010

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