We know what you’ll be watching for the rest of the day. First chambered for .44-40 and later for .32-20 and .38-40, the ’73 became known as “the gun that won the West.” It also served as the titular firearm in the Jimmy Stewart classic Winchester ’73, as well as leading to “the forgotten Winchester,” the rifle left leaning against a tree in Nevada’s Great Basin National Park for 133 years.

Winchester still offers this rifle in five configurations, including ones chambered in .45 Colt—the originals couldn’t be chambered for the popular round because it was still a proprietary chambering for Colt at the time.



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