"MARLIN MODEL 1881 LEVER ACTION RIFLE 1ST MODEL REBATED FRAME. SN 166. Cal. 45 Govt. (45-70). Standard grade rifle with 28" oct bbl, full magazine, Rocky Mtn. front sight with homemade German silver blade & altered Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight with homemade elevator. Receiver has the 1st style "step" on bottom front of frame with the early solid carrier. Mounted with nicely figured, slab-sawed, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & semi-crescent smooth steel buttplate. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Good. Bbl is mostly a mottled dark brown patina with a few minor nicks. Magazine tube is a thin silver/brown patina. Receiver has a few nicks on sides & over top receiver ring with another on dust cover. Hammer screw & trigger screw are slightly battered. Forearm has a crack over loading gate spring & another in wrist of stock with a hairline back of top tang & another grain check at buttplate tang. Forearm has a series of small gouges, otherwise wood has normal light nicks & scratches and retains most of an old refinish. Hammer sometimes will follow the bolt on closing, otherwise mechanics are fine, strong bright bore. 4-36003 JR24 (3,000-5,000)"
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