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VERY RARE SPECIAL ORDER MARLIN MODEL 1881 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 18528. Cal. 45-70. Standard grade rifle with special order, extra heavy 30″ oct bbl with magazine 2″ shorter than the bbl (Marlin only had the capability to make 28″ magazine tubes). It has German silver Rocky Mountain front sight and sporting rear sight. Rifle is mounted with very nicely figured, uncheckered European walnut with straight stock and smooth steel buttplate. SN is on bottom of receiver, left side of upper & lower tangs under the wood, front face of buttstock under the metal and inside the buttplate. The Model 1881 Marlin was the first big bore repeating rifle and received immediate acceptance among those hardy souls heading west in the Great Westward Expansion. Their rifles usually saw very hard & continuous service under extreme conditions, usually with little or no maintenance and are rarely found today in orig configuration or high orig finish. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. All matching. Bbl & magazine tube retain 98-99% strong orig blue with only the hint of sharp edge wear; receiver retains about 90% strong orig bright blue with sharp edge wear and some thinning on bottom and on bolt dust cover; lever & hammer retain strong case colors turned to mottled silvery case colors on outer faces of lever; buttplate retains faded case colors. Stock has one small gouge and a light bruise with a few other nicks & scratches on stock & forearm and overall retains virtually all of its crisp orig varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, shows very little use. 4-44870 JR323 (12,500-17,500)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2012
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