Asked in Winchester Firearms
Is there any way to know who was the first owner of a Winchester model 1873 38-40 serial number 198400B?
November 26, 2008 12:55AM
It's a possibility, but it's going to cost you.
The gun is a later model, so unless you have reason to believe it belonged to some body famous,
or infamous, it may not be worth your while.
All of Winchester's archives were donated to the Buffalo Bill Cody Museum and they will research them for you.
They may be able to tell you what store it was shipped to, or if it was a custom item, who ordered it.
They may also have a record of any communications between Winchester and the owner of the gun.
I've posted a link below to the website.
Look for "Cody Museum" under "related links"