Cimmaron US Marshal 1873 Model carbine
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Press release:

Fredericksburg, Texas (January 2018) – Cimarron Firearms, recognized as the leader in quality and authenticity in Old West replica firearms, reveal their exclusive US Marshal 1873 Model carbine at the 2018 SHOT Show, in celebration of “The Gun that Won the West.”

Early in 2017, Cimarron received a request from an active US Marshal. He wanted a duty carbine that honored the US Marshal’s illustrious past but was also functional for today’s lawman. Over the past year, Cimarron worked tirelessly to develop a historic design on the Model 1873 carbine that was ready to serve in the name of law and order again.

Cimarron Firearms based the new 1873 US Marshal on an original 1873 Winchester presented to an active US Marshal in 1880 by his boss, Judge Isaac Parker of the Indian Territory. The Cimarron is an accurate copy of the original Winchester 1873 carbine, with stock slightly shortened and the barrel cropped by two inches, making it easier for Marshals to carry in their vehicles.

Built for the 44 Mag cartridge, the US Marshal 1873 carbine lever-action features the traditional saddle ring, ladder rear sight, sliding dust cover and the iconic semi-crescent steel carbine buttplate all on a blue steel frame and barrel with US Marshal markings. The US Marshal 1873 has an MSRP of $1,402.70 and will be available end of the first quarter of 2018.

“The 1873 carbine was a very popular firearm used by those men deputized to preserve law and order in what was truly the Wild, Wild West.” Jamie Wayt, vice president of media for Cimarron Firearms, remarked. “To receive this request from an active US Marshall for a firearm that represents their history and service and to make it to be fully functional for today’s Marshals, was not only a challenge, but truly an honor.”

The US Marshals and their deputies have been instrumental as a civil authority in most of America’s major historical episodes over the past 200 years. The US Marshals, created by the first Congress in the Judiciary Act of 1789, fulfilled the function of authority under the Federal Government, and brought law and justice to an ever expanding western wilderness. As each territory was established, US Marshals were appointed as the voice of the law. Besides acting as lawmen, Marshals and their Deputies were also administrators, setting up courts, documenting cases and serving the communities in a civil capacity.

Judge Isaac Parker (courtesy Wikipedia)

Judge Isaac Charles Parker, known as the “Hanging Judge” for trying more than 13,490 cases, and sentencing 160 people to death, of which 79 were eventually executed, respected the Marshal’s ability to track down fugitives and bring the lawless to justice. Between 1875 and 1889, Parker’s court held sway over the Indian Territory. Cimarron’s new 1873 US Marshal Model pays tribute to Parker’s action of ceremoniously giving a Model 1873 to a US Marshal for his service.

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The original 1873 carbine was designed by Winchester® Repeating Arms Company and first offered in the powerful .44-40 cartridge. The gun became every deputy’s favorite side arm for its accuracy and its lever-action repeating assembly performance. Over 720,000 were produced, thus it became the most popular lever-action, long gun in America and was marketed by Winchester as “The Gun that Won the West.”

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  1. Yeesh! $1402 msrp?
    Mr. Imperato at Henry can consider himself safe. Hopefully a Big Boy will be in my future soon, but my sense of practicality would strictly forbid this piece.

    • That’s only $71.40 in 1873 dollars.
      Feel better?

      Production will be limited on these, so they need to amortize the cost of the tooling over a smaller quantity.

    • The price is very competitive with other brands of M1873s. The Henry is NOT a M1873 or any other iteration of a Winchester. Henry’s loading system is slow and clumsy, adequate for a range toy but not so much for anything else.

      I like Henry rifles as range toys, but for competition like SASS or even hunting (or self defense) they simply cannot compete with a true side-loader like a Winchester or a modern Winchester clone.

      • Could not disagree with you more. The Henry is faster to load a full magazine, and just as fast to load a single, and a lot less cumbersome.
        Yes, if I only want to top off the magazine, my Marlins or Winchesters are faster. For anything else on flat feet, the Henry wins.
        On horseback, the side loading gate is definitely preferred.

        • Your ninja skills are impressive. For us mortals, Winchesters and Marlins are easier and faster to load and to top off. The Winchester 1973 is favored by SASS competitors over the Henry, and by a wide margin, for that and other reasons.

          Henry is like the one-armed gunslinger — fast to shoot and slow to reload.

        • Well, there is another option to my “ninja skills” with the Henry.
          Maybe I’m just real slow with my Marlins and Winchesters.

        • “Maybe I’m just real slow with my Marlins and Winchesters.”

          Possibly, but I kinda doubt it. More likely, you’ve mastered a skill (loading the Henry) that most of us will not.

      • The Henry is not at a disadvantage in hunting. Most hunters rarely fire more than 2 rounds at a given animal.

        I agree that the sideload gate of the others give them the advantage in most cases. Just not in hunting.

        • “Most hunters rarely fire more than 2 rounds at a given animal.”

          Agreed, the key being “at a given animal.” Deer hunters, for example, rarely shoot more than twice. Otoh, pig and vermin hunters shoot a lot at a lot of animals (but rarely more than twice at a given animal), and fast reloading is a must.

  2. They were a great design and a truly handy rifle to use.

    But the gun that won the west was the Sharps. Springfield. Remington. Colt. Merwin and Hulbert. Forehand and Wadsworth. Spencer. And a whole bunch more.

    But likely the most common gun in the frontiers of America was the shotgun.

    • If you were going to bookend the era of “The West” with guns, I’d say they have to be the Walker Colt and the Sharps Big Fifty. The Colt because of how the Texas Rangers used it to re-revolutionize fighting against the Comanches, and then the Sharps because of what Quannah Parker witnessed it do during the Second Battle of Adobe Walls, ultimately ending the resistance by the plains tribes.
      “Civilization” followed shortly after, dammit.

      • Woodrow Call: Things sure have changed since the last time I was here. It’s all growed up.
        Gus McCrae: Of course it’s growed up, Woodrow. He killed all the Indians and bandits so the bankers could move in.
        Woodrow Call: Only a fool would want the Indians back.
        Gus McCrae: Has it ever occurred to you, Woodrow; that all the work we done was for the bankers? Hell, we killed off everybody made this country interestin’!

  3. you really have to use one of the 73’s to appreciate how smooth it is . the MSRP is much higher than you will see on the street.

    • The Winchester brand M1873 in .357/.38 MSRPs for $1,299.00. It’s a great choice for cowboy action shooting.

      Unfortunately, neither the Winchester nor the Cimarron M1873s are made in the USA. The Winchester is made in Japan by Miroku; the Cimarron in Italy by (IIRC) Uberti. Nevertheless, they are both very nice guns.

  4. So why .44 Mag instead of the original .44-40? Plenty of thump in the .44-40: 1250 fps and 688f/lbs of energy at the muzzle.

  5. Judge Parker’s enmity towards self-defense and stand-your-ground was his defining characteristic as a jurist. He is an odd choice for lionization amongst civilian gun owners.

    • “Think I might use the money I was saving for a penis transplant and buy one of these instead.”

      They can DO THAT now¿!?

      Can ya get color options?? Choose the “barrel” length?


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