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Early Winchester Model 1866 Carbine with Henry Patent Barrel

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Winchester Model 1866 carbine manufactured circa 1867. The carbine has the Second Model features which include: (1) flared receiver at the junction with the forearm, (2) single upper tang screw, and (3) indented loading gate. The hammer has a hand-knurled spur and no half-cock feature. The Second Pattern stock has a 3 1/2-inch wrist and is fitted with the early Henry style crescent buttplate with hinged trap and no reinforcing web. The barrel has a front band with integral steel sight blade and a Henry style folding leaf rear sight with elevation bar stop screw. A staple-mounted saddle ring is located on the left side of the receiver. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped with the two-line legend: "HENRY'S PATENT-OCT. 16. 1860/KING'S-PATENT-MARCH 29. 1861" ahead of the rear sight. The serial number is stamped beneath the stock on the left side of the lower receiver tang. A second serial number, "14806", is stamped on the inside of the stock in the upper tang inlet and on the inside of the buttplate. A line of eight Japanese characters is stamped on the right side of the stock parallel to the lower tang, and four additional characters are stamped on the right side of the stock toward the butt. The rifle is accompanied by an article published in "The Winchester Collector" by Francis Allan, Chip Goddard and Takehito Jimbo entitled "Henry Rifles & Winchester Carbines in Japan - Follow-Up." The article states that 5,000 Winchester Model 1866 carbines were shipped to Japan in 1867 and identifies some of the Japanese registration marks stamped on the stocks of Model 1866 carbine serial numbers 15465, 17994, and 18672. Included with the carbine is a letter dated May 20, 2007, that describes how this carbine was purchased from a resident of Tombstone, Arizona, who claimed to have found it while exploring an abandoned mine during the 1920s.
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