Uberti Uberti 1873

Description

The Uberti 1873 is a lever-action rifle chambered in .45 Colt, .357 Mag., .44-40 Win. and .44 Mag. The Uberti 1873 is actually a replica of the Winchester 1873, also referred to as “the gun that won the west” because it was a favorite for cowboys, Indians, and lawmen. Plus, it was chambered in a popular pistol cartridge. Uberti specializes in making replicas of popular weapons of the 19th century.

Features on the 1873 include a tubular magazine fixed along the barrel and a beautiful A-grade walnut stock with checkered grips and fore-end.

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Specifications

Trapper
Caliber:.357 Mag.
.45 Colt
Capacity:9
Features:Round barrel; and checkered grip and fore-end
Total length between 35 and 43.25
Total weight between 7.2 and 8.2 pounds
Action:Lever
Stock:A-grade Walnut
Material/Finish:Steel/blue
Website:http://www.uberti.co…
Barrel Length:16.125"
Carbine
Caliber:.357 Mag.
.44 Mag.
.44-40 Win.
.45 Colt
Capacity:9 (.44 Mag.) and 10
Features:Round barrel; and checkered grip and fore-end
Total length between 35 and 43.25
Total weight between 7.2 and 8.2 pounds
Action:Lever
Stock:A-grade Walnut
Material/Finish:Steel/blue
Website:http://www.uberti.co…
Barrel Length:19"
Sporting Rifle
Caliber:.357 Mag.
.44-40 Win.
.45 Colt
Capacity:13
Features:Octagonal barrel; and checkered grip and fore-end
Total length between 35 and 43.25
Total weight between 7.2 and 8.2 pounds
Action:Lever
Stock:A-grade Walnut
Material/Finish:Steel/case-hardened
Website:http://www.uberti.co…
Barrel Length:24.5"
Special Sporting Short
Caliber:.357 Mag.
.44-40 Win.
.45 Colt
Capacity:10
Features:Octagonal barrel; and checkered grip and fore-end
Total length between 35 and 43.25
Total weight between 7.2 and 8.2 pounds
Action:Lever
Stock:A-grade Walnut
Material/Finish:Steel/case-hardened
Website:http://www.uberti.co…
Barrel Length:20"
Half Octagonal Rifle
Caliber:.357 Mag.
.45 Colt
Capacity:10
Features:Checkered grip and fore-end
Total length between 35 and 43.25
Total weight between 7.2 and 8.2 pounds
Action:Lever
Stock:A-grade Walnut
Material/Finish:Steel/case-hardened
Website:http://www.uberti.co…
Barrel Length:18"
Short Rifle
Caliber:
.357 Mag.
.44-40 Win.
.45 Colt
Capacity:10
Features:Octagonal barrel; and checkered grip and fore-end
Total length between 35 and 43.25
Total weight between 7.2 and 8.2 pounds
Action:Lever
Stock:A-grade Walnut
Material/Finish:Steel/case-hardened
Website:http://www.uberti.co…
Barrel Length:20"
Special Sporting
Caliber:.357 Mag.
.44-40 Win.
.45 Colt
Capacity:13
Features:Octagonal barrel; and checkered grip and fore-end
Total length between 35 and 43.25
Total weight between 7.2 and 8.2 pounds
Action:Lever
Stock:A-grade Walnut
Material/Finish:Steel/case-hardened
Website:http://www.uberti.co…
Barrel Length:24.25"
MSRP$1199.00

Editor Review

There are scads of old rifles that I wish a great grandfather of mine had thought to lovingly wrap in oilcloth and place in a locked trunk to be given to me on some important birthday.  Rifles like the Winchester model 1873.  Unfortunately, most of my great grandfathers either lost the good stuff in poker games or the intermediary heirs passed it along to other branches of the family. 

Winchester stopped making the 1873 over a century ago and ‘the gun that won the west became a collector’s item.  Then along came Uberti.  Specializing in functional reproductions of antique firearms, Uberti brought the 1873 back into production at a retail price that isn’t exactly pocket change but still puts it within reach of anyone who really wants one badly enough.  It costs more than a typical bolt action, but less than all but the worst of used cars.  Save yourself the inevitable headache of the cheap used car and buy this rifle instead.

Uberti’s interpretation of the 1873 isn’t a straight copy of the original.  Offered in about a dozen different versions with combinations of octagonal barrels and carbine lengths and the like, you can even get it with a rubber recoil pad that didn’t exist in the 1870’s. 

The original 1873 was best known as chambered for the 44-40 (as praised by Gene Autrey in his signature song, ‘Back in the Saddle Again’), which was also a handgun cartridge and allowed the savvy cowboy to tote only a single type of ammunition for both weapons.  Uberti makes the 1873 in 44-40, but offers more versions chambered for anachronistic pistol cartridges than they do for that old classic.  .357 magnum, .44 magnum, and .45 Colt are all available.  If you intend to actually shoot the rifle rather than hang it over the fireplace, one of those cartridges might be a smart compromise in order to have a regular supply of affordable ammunition.

Uberti’s 1873 is well-made and even irons out a few kinks of the original.  Winchester never managed to get the rifle to properly feed the .45 Colt.  Uberti’s rifles also benefit from over a century’s worth of metallurgical advances and their actions are probably stronger than the originals. 

No, it isn’t exactly the same thing as having a vintage 1873 Winchester.  But it is still pretty good and these are handsome, well-made rifles that you can take hunting or plinking without worrying about wearing out an irreplaceable antique.  Handsome enough and solid enough to wrap it up and put it in a trunk for a great grandson or daughter to inherit some day.