Winchester’s “Genuine Yellow Boy” 1866 for 2017


Winchester’s “Genuine Yellow Boy” 1866 for 2017

151 years later, Winchester has reintroduced a gun they’re calling the genuine Yellow Boy. It’s a brass-framed version of their current production Model 1866 Short Rifle, and it’s quite a looker.


There’s a reason the Winchester Yellow Boy–so named for the color of the brass frame and accents–is a classic. It’s a great rifle that looks good too.


Here’s the rundown on this new version of a sweet old lever gun:

  • Calibers: 44-40 Win and 38 S&W Special
  • Stock: Grade I American walnut, straight grip
  • Stock finish: Satin
  • Hardware: Crescent brass butt plate, brass forend cap
  • Receiver: Brass with blued steel loading gate
  • Brass finish: Polished brass
  • Barrel: 20″ blued steel
  • Barrel Twist: 44-40 1:26; 38 Spec 1:18.75
  • Magazine: Full-length tube under barrel (capacities not provided)
  • Length: 39″
  • Length of pull: 13″
  • Weight: 7.25 pounds
  • Sights: Steel; folding ladder-style long-range rear sight, Marble Arms gold bead front sight
  • MSRP: 1299.99
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