"MARLIN MODEL 1881 LIGHTWEIGHT LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 9574. Cal. 40 (40-60). Standard grade rifle with 28" oct bbl, full magazine, German silver Rocky Mtn. front sight & altered Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with straight grain, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate. This rifle has light receiver that measures 1.033" and also has a very light weight bbl. The serial number appears on left side of upper & lower tangs with the number "9373" on buttstock & inside buttplate. The top tang screw is a replacement. Accompany by a Marlin Firearms Co. letter stating they are unable to fully identify this rifle due to incomplete records but that it was manufactured 5/4/85. Mr. Clapp's notes state that "This is the only heavy cal. 1881 I know of with light weight barrel." PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl retains about 85% orig blue, thinned over forearm area. Magazine tube is mostly a plum/brown patina. Receiver retains 30-40% orig blue, strong in sheltered areas, with balance a smooth plum/brown patina. Floorplate & forearm screws are replacements. There is another smaller screw missing from floorplate. Wood is sound with minor nicks & scratches and retains most of an old restored finish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-36009 JR21 (4,000-6,000)"
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