"MARLIN MODEL 1881 LIGHTWEIGHT LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 9749. Cal. 40 (40-60). Standard grade rifle with 28" oct bbl, full magazine, German silver Rocky Mtn. front sight & Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight. It has 3rd type frame that measures 1.034", with solid carrier. Mounted with nicely figured, slab-sawed, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & smooth steel semi-crescent buttplate. Mr. Clapp's note regarding this rifle states that he purchased it March 18, 1990 from Ray Mathews of Dawson Creek, British Columbia, Canada. He states that Ray had this rifle for approx. 55 years. It came from an uncle of his stepmother who owned a mine in Butte, Montana, who probably purchased the rifle new. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl retains a thin plum/brown patina with edge wear & a few scattered small spots of discoloration. Magazine tube is a dark plum/brown patina. Receiver retains about 30% thin orig finish, stronger in sheltered areas. Lever & hammer retain case hardening turned silver. Stock has a small hole in bottom & there is a gouge in forearm, otherwise wood is sound with usual nicks & scratches. Forearm retains traces of orig varnish being mostly a hand worn patina. Buttstock retains about 80-85% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-36007 JR67 (4,000-6,000)"
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