This rare rifle is in untouched condition just the way the last owner put it away many years ago. According to the factory letter it was one of the rare Targeted Rifles which were the forerunners of the One of a Thousand Rifle. According to James Gordon's definitive work "Winchester New Model of 1873 a Tribute" these early guns that tested as exceptionally accurate were recorded as Targeted and their target number recorded, generally 2"- 9". This rifle is recorded as 3 1/2 " so it safe to assume that this rifle tested as one of the most accurate and would have qualified for special status of One of a Hundred or One of a Thousand if the factory was doing that at the time. The highest recorded serial number of a Targeted Gun is serial #1856. It wasn't until after that that the first special One of One Hundred and One of One Thousands first appeared. This rare rifle is in well used condition as you can see. It's rear sight has been moved and is now missing as is the dust cover. The hammer won't hold on full cock and the stock has had two minor period brass pin repairs. The bore could use a good cleaning but other than that the rifling is still very good and should clean up nicely. I've had this great rifle in my personal collection for over 20 years and haven't seen another one offered for sale in many years.