"MARLIN MODEL 1881 SPECIAL ORDER LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 4797. Cal. 40 (40-60). Rare standard grade special order rifle with 28" oct bbl, half magazine, German silver Rocky Mtn. front sight & Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with nicely figured, slab-sawed uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & smooth steel semi-crescent buttplate. Bottom flat of bbl has a factory dovetailed sling swivel with a corresponding sling loop on bottom of stock. There is also a tiny German silver shield in bottom of stock. It has Type 2 receiver with split carrier. Accompanied by a Marlin Firearms Co. letter identifying this rifle in caliber 40-60 with 28" oct bbl, half magazine & shipped May 22, 1883. There was 16,379 of these rifles built with only 194 of that total having half magazine. Reference Marlin Firearms, Brophy. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Fine. All metal retains a smooth, even plum patina with a couple of minor nicks on receiver. Forearm has a couple of cracks over loading gate spring with a couple of small gouges on left side, otherwise wood is sound with traces of orig finish being mostly a smooth hand worn patina with light nicks & scratches. Hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with good shine & light etching in grooves. 4-36017 JR77 (4,000-7,000)"
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