"MARLIN MODEL 1881 DELUXE SPECIAL ORDER LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 14169. Cal. 45 Govt. (45-70). Fine '81 rifle with 2nd type frame, split carrier with rare 24" bbl, full magazine, German silver Rocky Mtn. front sight & Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with nicely figured, A-style checkered American walnut with serpentine pistol grip stock & semi-crescent smooth steel buttplate. Bbl has a second dovetail under rear sight & top tang has a third screw hole, possibly from an old scope mount. Only 16,379 of these scarce rifles were ever made and of that total only 2,788 had 24" bbls and only 1,303 had pistol grip stock. Reference Marlin Firearms, Brophy. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Good to very good. No orig finish remains being an overall restored finish with light nicks & dings & fine pitting on receiver. The forearm has a gouge on right side & buttstock a couple of small gouges and both retain a fine restored finish with forearm checkering freshened and pistol grip checkering showing heavy wear. Mechanics are fine, good bore with moderate to heavy pitting. 4-36015 JR65 (2,500-4,000)"
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