"MARLIN MODEL 1881 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 9244. Cal. 40 (40-60). Standard grade rifle with 28" oct bbl, full magazine, German silver Rocky Mtn. front sight & Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight with adjustable aperture. It has 2nd type receiver with solid carrier & dbl set triggers. Mounted with nicely figured, slab-sawed uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & smooth steel semi-crescent buttplate. Left side of forearm, at receiver, has crudely carved small initials "W.J.B". Accompanied by a Marlin Firearms Co. letter identifying this rifle as caliber 40-60 with 28" bbl, set trigger & shipped Sept. 8, 1885. There were only 16,379 Model 1881s ever made and of the total only 2,929 had set triggers. Reference Marlin Firearms, Brophy. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl retains 80-85% dull orig blue turning plum in areas. Magazine tube has a couple of removed dents & is overall a plum patina with blue in sheltered areas. Receiver retains about 80% thin glossy orig blue with candy striping & turned plum on bottom. Wood is sound with a series of small bruises on forearm & usual nicks & scratches elsewhere with forearm retaining 60-70% orig varnish with a hand worn patina. Buttstock retains most of its orig varnish with some dark oil staining around receiver. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with scattered fine pitting. 4-36016 JR75 (5,000-8,000)"
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