"MARLIN MODEL 1881 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 1196. Cal. 45 Govt. (45-70). Standard grade rifle with 28" oct bbl, full magazine, slightly altered Rocky Mtn. front sight & Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with nicely figured, slab-sawed uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & semi-crescent smooth steel buttplate. Bottom of stock & forend cap have sling swivels that appear to be factory original. Forearm swivel has an unusual keyhole shaped, hand forged sling loop. Receiver is 2nd type with solid carrier. Top flat of bbl has "J.M. MARLIN" marking with arrows at each end. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl retains a thin plum/brown patina with scattered spots of discoloration. Magazine tube is a mottled silver/brown patina. Receiver retains about 60-70% thin orig blue with a couple of small scratches, turning silver on bottom & plum over top. Forearm has a crack over loading gate spring, otherwise wood is sound with forearm retaining traces of orig finish being mostly a hand worn patina. Buttstock has a series of light gouges by right heel & left side by buttplate with usual nicks & scratches elsewhere and retains about 50-60% orig finish with a hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of fine pitting. Would make a fine Cowboy Action Shooter. 4-36014 JR68 (4,000-7,000)"
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