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Whatever Happened to that Winchester 1873 Rifle Found in the Nevada Desert?

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Whatever happened to this old rifle found in the Nevada desert?

You may recall last January’s amazing story about an old Winchester 1873 rifle that was found simply leaning against a tree in Great Basin National Park where its original owner left it.

There it sat for who knows how long before it was finally found. The story made big headlines after it was discovered. But what’s happened to it since then? Watch and see the rifle’s long journey and subsequent preservation in its new home.

The rifle first went to the Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s firearms museum. If you haven’t ever been there, it’s an absolute bucket list item for any gun enthusiast. I interviewed some of the curators and staff there a couple years ago, and as far as firearms go, they are some of the most knowledgeable people I’ve ever met. So, it’s no surprise to me that those who found the rifle went straight to the experts at the museum for their input and opinion.

But of course, since it was found in a National Park, this rifle’s proper place was back in Nevada. Now, it calls the Lehman Caves visitor center within the park home.

If this rifle could talk, just imagine the stories it could tell. Who owned it? Why did that person leave it behind? Part of the intrigue is simply the mystery behind this amazing find.

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Whatever Happened to that Winchester 1873 Rifle Found in the Nevada Desert?