One of One Thousand 1873 Winchesters

CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE...

What began in 1917 as a quest to preserve the legacy and legend of Col. William F. Cody - known throughout the world as "Buffalo Bill," is now, one hundred years later, the leading institution for the preservation of the American West, its culture, its meaning, and its ideals. The then-named "Buffalo Bill Historical Center" had its start in one small building in Cody, Wyoming. It now encompasses five museums housing more than 50,000 artifacts and a research library with countless books, manuscripts, and photographs. Today, the BUFFALO BILL CENTER OF THE WEST is dedicated to the goal to preserve this priceless collection and promote "the Spirit of the American West."

To celebrate its first century of excellence, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West is proud to partner with Navy Arms and Winchester Firearms to re-create the famed Winchester "Centennial Model" 1873 lever-action rifle.

Throughout his life, "Buffalo Bill" Cody was famous for presenting highly embellished Winchester rifles to his friends and business associates, many who were famous performers, business leaders and even royalty. Many of the performers in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Shows were also given similarly beautifully finished firearms from admirers and gun companies alike. The Buffalo Bill Center of the West "Centennial Model" is reminiscent of those high quality hand-finished Winchesters so proudly given by Buffalo Bill and to his many amazingly talented performers.

Highly engraved and embellished Winchester rifles are quite rare. Today, one of the few places where individuals can view original examples is in the Cody Firearms Museum, one of the Center's five museums. Thanks to a donation by the Olin Corporation of the entire Winchester Arms Collection and complete Winchester factory records, visitors to the Center can trace the history and evolution of the development and production of the Winchester Model 1873, famously known as the "Gun that Won the West."

Now, using these records and original firearms housed at the Center of the West, Navy Arms has created two outstanding replicas to celebrate the Buffalo Bill Center of the West's Centennial in 2017. Working with Winchester, Navy Arms - the company that launched the replica firearms industry - worked with original maker Winchester for the production of the Exhibition Model and the Presentation Model:

THE EXHIBITION MODEL

ONLY 200 produced.

Without a doubt, these are the finest Winchester 1873 rifles produced since original hand-embellished rifles were made by the Winchester Custom Shop in the nineteenth century. The Exhibition Model has the following outstanding features and finishes:

WOODWORK: The stock and forend are carved from exhibition-grade American walnut, hand-checkered at the wrist and forend following the original patterns, and stained with a finish reminiscent of the original Winchester rifles.

RECEIVER AND FURNITURE: The crescent buttplate, receiver, and nose cap are color casehardened using the original bone charcoal process, all completed in Cody, Wyoming, by Wyoming Armory. The dust cover, hammer, trigger, and lever all have the authentic, bright blue finish.

BARREL: The barrel is 24 1/4 inch full octagonal, chambered in .44-40, and beautifully embellished with a nickel-silver muzzle ring.

MASTER HAND-ENGRAVING: Following the Winchester Custom Shop style made famous by engravers like Herman Ulrich, each rifle is hand-engraved on the receiver with further hand embellishments on the buttplate, lever, tang, lifter, dust cover, and nose cap. Finally, the barrel bears scrollwork with the "Centennial Rifle" marking, similar in style to the famed "One of One Thousand" rifles. A Wyoming bison is engraved on the left sideplate, while a representation of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney's monumental sculpture, the timeless classic The Scout that depicts Buffalo Bill Cody on horseback, is engraved on the rifle's right sideplate. Both images are engraved in bank-note style and serve as homage to the Center's namesake and to the organization's century-long efforts to preserve and promote the "Spirit of the West."

DISPLAY CASE: Each Exhibition Model comes with a display case made of superior American walnut and feature tongue-and-groove joinery, solid brass furniture, and fine cloth interior with French recess for the perfect display of this fine firearm.

CENTENNIAL BOOK OF THE "TOP 100 GUNS" OF THE CODY FIREARMS MUSEUM: Each Exhibition Model comes with a first edition hardcover, leather-bound, hand-signed photo essay - the first ever created featuring the finest arms housed at the Cody Firearms Museum. Written by Stuart Mowbray, President of Man At Arms Publishing; Ashley Hlebinsky, Curator of the Cody Firearms Museum; and Val Forgett III, President of Navy Arms, the authors have autographed each book, which is numbered to correspond with the rifle's serial number. .

Price: $7,995 (purchase opportunities for single-digit serial numbered guns available)


THE PRESENTATION MODEL

ONLY 1000 produced.

The Presentation Model has the following outstanding features and finishes:

WOODWORK: The stock and forend are carved from Grade 1 American walnut, checkered at the wrist and forend following the original patterns, and stained with a finish reminiscent of the original Winchester rifles.

RECEIVER AND FURNITURE: The crescent buttplate, receiver, and nose cap are color casehardened using the original bone charcoal process, all completed in Cody, Wyoming, by Wyoming Armory. The dust cover, hammer, trigger, and lever all have the authentic, bright blue finish.

BARREL: The barrel is 24 1/4 inch full octagonal, chambered in .44-40, and beautifully embellished with a nickel-silver muzzle ring.

EXCEPTIONAL MACHINE ENGRAVING: Using a unique, patented system of 360-degree roll marking and deep-laser techniques to achieve near hand-engraving quality and appearance, Baron Technology has expertly embellished each rifle. The pattern follows the Winchester Custom Shop style made famous by engravers like Herman Ulrich of engraving on the receiver with further embellishments on the buttplate, lever, tang, lifter, dust cover, and nose cap. The barrel bears scrollwork with the "Centennial Rifle" marking, similar in style to the famed "One of One Thousand" rifles marking. A Wyoming bison is engraved on the left sideplate, while a representation of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney's monumental sculpture, the timeless classic The Scout that depicts Buffalo Bill Cody on horseback, is on the rifle's right sideplate. Created in Bulino bank-note style, both images pay homage to the Center's namesake and to the organization's century-long effort to preserve and promote the "Spirit of the West."

DISPLAY CASE: Each Presentation Model comes with a display case of superior American walnut and feature tongue-and-groove joinery, solid brass furniture, and fine cloth interior with French recess for the perfect display of this fine firearm.

CENTENNIAL BOOK OF THE "TOP 100 GUNS" OF THE CODY FIREARMS MUSEUM: Each Presentation Model comes with a hardcover, hand-signed photo essay - the first ever created featuring the finest arms housed at the Cody Firearms Museum. Written by Stuart Mowbray, President of Man At Arms Publishing; Ashley Hlebinsky, Curator of the Cody Firearms Museum; and Val Forgett III, President of Navy Arms, the authors have autographed each book, which is numbered to correspond with the rifle's serial number.

Price: $3,499.95 (purchase opportunities for low-digit serial-numbered guns available)


THERE ARE INSUFFICIENT SUPERLATIVES TO DESCRIBE THE BEAUTY OF THESE RIFLES!

While these rifles are genuinely magnificent in their own right, their association and development in collaboration with the Center of the West to honor its Centennial Celebration in 2017 makes them unique in their type and provenance.

Only two hundred Exhibition Grade and one thousand Presentation Grade "Centennial Model" 1873 lever-action rifles will be produced to honor the Center's Centennial.

One hundred percent (100%) of the profits from the sale of these two models will go to the mission of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West and the Cody Firearms Museum. The purchase of these rifles not only provides the collector a unique model Winchester, but an opportunity to further the mission and goals of the Center of the West as it moves forth into its second century.

Both model rifles begin delivery in January 2017, but you can reserve your rifle and your serial number now to ensure you will not miss this opportunity. Your completed order now reserves your rifle. In confirmation of your order, we will acknowledge it with your own personalized identification plate, made from bone charcoal color case hardened steel, roll-marked with the identical markings for the right sideplate of your rifle, the Center's logo, and personalized with your name and your rifle's serial number engraved on the plate. This serves as your "marker" until your gun arrives. When it does, place your marker in the mounting frame on the interior of the lid of the rifle's presentation case, and forever identify yourself as the gun's original owner.

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