"MARLIN MODEL 1881 SPECIAL ORDER LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 14385. Cal. 40 (40-60). Scarce special order '81 with 26" oct bbl, full magazine, German silver Rocky Mtn. front sight & Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight with friction adjustable aperture. Receiver is the light 3rd type measuring 1.033" and is case hardened. Mounted with very nicely figured, slab-sawed, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & semi-crescent smooth steel buttplate. Accompanied by a Marlin Firearms Co. letter identifying this rifle as caliber 40-60 with 26" bbl & shipped Oct. 10, 1886. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Fine plus. Bbl retains 75-85% thinning orig blue, strong in sheltered areas. Magazine tube retains about 90% thinning orig blue, strong in sheltered areas. Receiver retains 75-80% faded case colors with balance turned silver. Lever & hammer retain faded case colors. Buttstock has a couple of filled areas, otherwise wood is sound and retains most of an old restored finish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of light pitting. 4-35998 JR20 (3,500-5,000)"
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