TV host Michael Bane loves the new Winchester Model 1873.
SPECIAL ARTICLE REVIEW: TV host Michael Bane loves the new Winchester Model 1873 lever-action rifle! Michael Bane, the well known gunwriter and always-entertaining host of The Outdoor Channel’s hit show “Shooting Gallery” recently had some nice things to say about the new Model 1873 from Winchester Repeating Arms.
“I just picked up my Winchester 73 reproduction of a Winchester 73! Basically, it's part of Winchester's long-term plan to offer some of their classic models back into the market,” wrote Bane on his May 15th blog. “The 73 is made by Miroku in Japan, which has a reputation for building world-class firearms. I think the Browning 92s in .357 and .44 Magnum, clones of the Winchester 92s, are some of the finest lever guns ever made.”
“Some quick first impressions...the wood-to-metal fit is every bit as good as the fit on my pre-'64 Model 94, which is pretty impressive,” Bane continued. “One thing to immediately notice is that… the Winchester 73 carries the same, deep blue-black finish as my pre-'64 30-30, which I believe is indeed the standard all lever guns are compared against.”
Shown in the photo is Bane's new Model 1873 and his own early Model 94 Winchester.