"MARLIN MODEL 1889 SPECIAL ORDER LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 47186. Cal. 32 WCF (32-20). Standard grade rifle with special order 26" oct bbl, full magazine, German silver Rocky Mtn. front sight & Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with nicely figured, slab-sawed, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate. According to the book Marlin Rifles, Brophy, only 55,119 of these scarce rifles were made and of that total only 3,729 had 26" bbls and less than 30% of total production was in caliber 32. CONDITION: Very fine plus. Bbl retains 95-97% strong orig blue with some fine freckling over forearm area. Magazine tube retains 96-97% strong blue turned slightly dull on outer radius. Receiver retains 92-93% orig blue with minor flaking & striation lines. Lever retains about 60% faded case colors, strong in sheltered areas, and hammer about 90% faded case colors. Buttplate retains shadows of case colors being mostly a silver patina. Wood is sound with minor nicks & scratches with forearm retaining 85-90% strong orig varnish with wear only at carry point. Buttstock retains 97-98% strong orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of fine pitting. 4-33795 JR57 (2,000-3,500)"
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