U.S. Winchester-Hotchkiss .45-70 caliber bolt action carbine circa 1883-99
serial number 16199; walnut stock, blue finish; military sight, saddle ring on left side of stock; marked "MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO., NEW HAVEN, CONN, U.S.A., PATENTED OCT. 16, 1860, JUNE 25, 1872, JULY 23, 1878 AND UNDER B.B. HOTCHKISS' PAT'S AUG. 17, 1869, FEB. 15, 1870, NOV. 9, 1875, NOV. 14, 1875, JAN. 23, 1877" on left side of receiver.
overall L44" barrel L23"
Provenance: Property deaccessioned from the Centennial Museum at the University of Texas at El Paso to benefit the Museum Collections Fund. (Accession #55.16.01 inked on triggerguard). State of Texas paper label glued to stock behind trigger guard.
Literature: Flayderman, Norm. FLAYDERMAN'S GUIDE TO ANTIQUE AMERICAN FIREARMS AND THEIR VALUES. 9th ed. Gun Digest Books, 2007. pp.317-18, #5K-121 variant or #5K-124 variant.
Other Notes: There are references to carbines being tested by the Army but this weapon has no government inspector's marks.
Bore good, action good, 80% blue with scattered fine rusting. Barrel slightly longer than normal; "distinctive nickeled iron forend tip" not present, although SN puts weapon in the Second Model range and there is no safety, as normal on the Second Model. Also has a Fist Model style cutoff.