In the late 19th century, firearms were made by hand as much as by machine, so factories could build a gun almost any way you wanted. You could get a Winchester 73 in Sporting Rifle, Special Sporting Rifle, or Carbine models, or as a Military Musket, with magazine capacities ranging from six to 17. There were three barrel lengths and three types of barrel contour to choose from. Winchester offered, at various times, flat or curved butt plates, straight or pistol grips, fancy wood, fancy checkering, and engraving. Until 1880, when the company added the .38 W.C.F.-and the .32 W.C.F. two years after that-the gun was chambered for .44/40 alone. In the whole history of the 73, that was it. Shooters loved the .44/40, and Winchester saw little need to change anything else.