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EXTRAORDINARILY FINE MARLIN MODEL 1895 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 183026. Cal. 45-90. Standard grade rifle with 28″ oct bbl, full magazine, German silver Rocky Mountain front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Receiver is color case hardened and it is mounted with very highly figured, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate. The SN was observed in the usual place on bottom of receiver and also on left side of top tang under the wood, in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Consignor has provided research which shows that only 5,289 Model 1895 Marlins are listed in the records which end in Dec. 1906. Of that total, 1,006 are listed in caliber 45-90 and only 488 had 28″ bbls. The majority of the production had oct bbls. He states also that the 45-90 caliber is the largest cartridge Marlin chambered in their rifles. He additionally shows that the Model 1895 was continued in production until 1916, however those records are unrecorded and he speculates that there are probably more than the 5,289 recorded Models 1895. Regardless of the numbers this is a magnificent example of the Model 1895 Marlin. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine, all matching and probably unfired. Bbl & magazine tube retain 99%+ crisp orig factory blue and the forearm cap about 99% bright orig factory blue; receiver, lever, hammer & buttplate retain brilliant orig case colors, lightly faded on outer faces of lever and bottom of receiver. Stock has a couple of small gouges with a few minor nicks and another small gouge in forearm and overall retains about all of its brilliant orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, probably unfired. 4-36692 JR277 (7,500-12,500)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2012
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