Uberti Yellowboy .22


February 7, 2011, 10:13 PM
I have lucked into a very clean, Uberti 1866 Yellowboy I paid next to nothing for it and after a lot of research I've discovered this:
It is a Very early import, serial number 43x it is marked "Westerner Arms"
which I am assuming is the precurser to "Western arms" Santa Fe NM. It is the 19" round barrel carbine model. It is in 90% shape and with a little cleaning it should come up to 95% or better.
it is not marked with any other model information.
I haven't been able to date it from the serial #, but I believe it is around 1966vintage. It came with the post modern vinyl gun case.
If anyone can add any information I would greatly appreciate it. Estimates on value or even educated guesses would also help me out. I can find virtually no information on these .22 models apparently they didn't make a whole lot of them. It is very smooth and function is great. Thanks for any and all help.

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February 8, 2011, 01:20 AM
Very cool. Whatever you do don't polish off that patina from the brass. :Cool:

February 8, 2011, 07:30 AM

I second the notion put forth by 1KPerDay; leave the patina exactly as it is. It looks fantastic and makes it seem like it was really built in 1866 instead of a 100 years later. You can't buy that kind of character on a rifle made nowadays.

February 8, 2011, 11:52 AM
Very nice - that's a keeper :)

Jim Watson
February 8, 2011, 11:54 AM
Do you see two letters in a square somewhere in the proof marks? Or a Roman numeral?
Italian guns are date coded by one of those methods.

February 8, 2011, 03:38 PM
I'll check when I get home it has several proof stamps

Sniper X
February 8, 2011, 03:48 PM
DOn't do anything to it till you find out what it is worth, you have heard the story about the Tiffany's lamp on Antiques Roadshow right?

February 8, 2011, 09:47 PM
Roman numeral XX ll is visable on the barrel...

February 8, 2011, 09:55 PM
I am pretty sure Westerner Arms was the old import name that Navy Arms used for their import line of Italian made replicas when they started bringing them in in the early-mid 1970s.
I started working in a gun shop 35 years ago when I was 15 and lusted after those 1866 .22 carbines, the shop had several in stock, rifles and carbines.
There was no way I could afford the princely sum of $450 at that time.

February 8, 2011, 09:58 PM
Just looked up the Italian roman numeral code looks like 1966 is the year of production, I wonder when they started production of these, it's a three digit serial number so it had to be close.

Irish Bird Dog
February 10, 2011, 01:45 AM
That is a real FIND you have there...I echo the sentiments...don't clean up the brass to "shiny"....leave it as is and shoot it for fun.....I have a Henry Golden Boy but it surely ain't the same thing......real nice rifle tho it is....but it only sorta looks like a 1866 Yellowboy....

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