Video: In-Depth Look at the Great Basin Winchester 1873

Video: In-Depth Look at the Great Basin Winchester 1873

Perhaps the oldest gun to make headlines in 2015 was also the one that captured the most imaginations. That’s to be expected with a firearm that presents as much mystery as the Winchester 1873 found at Nevada’s Great Basin National Park.

Theories abound as to exactly how the iconic lever-action found its way under one of the park's many pine trees. And for the most part, the rifle’s roots will most likely remain a head scratcher.

Or at least that’s Ashley Hlebinsky’s contention in the above video by the National Shooting Sports Foundation. The curator of the Cody Firearms Museum in Cody, Wyo., fully admits there can only be some ballpark estimates made about the rifle's origins. But she adds that’s most likely the reason why the Winchester has become such a sensation.

The entire video is worth a watch with Hlebinsky going into some of the conservation efforts being made on the historic rifle. She also touches upon some interesting discoveries made once the rifle reached the museum.

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Elwood Shelton is the Digital Editor for Gun Digest. He lives in Colorado and has provided coverage on a vast spectrum of topics for GD for more than a decade. Before that, he was an award-winning sports and outdoors reporter for a number of newspapers across the Rocky Mountains. His experience has consisted of covering the spread of chronic wasting disease into the Western Slope of Colorado to the state’s ranching for wildlife programs. His passion for shooting began at a young age, fostered on pheasant hunts with his father. Since then, he has become an accomplished handloader, long-range shooter and avid hunter—particularly mule deer and any low-down, dirty varmint that comes into his crosshairs. He is a regular contributor to Gun Digest Magazine and has contributed to various books on guns and shooting, most recently Lever-Actions: A Tribute to the All-American Rifle.


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