"MARLIN MODEL 1881 SPECIAL ORDER LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 26976. Cal. 40 (40-60). Standard grade rifle with special order 26" oct bbl, full magazine, Lyman ivory bead hunting front sight & Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight with adjustable aperture and a thick base vernier tang sight with 3" staff. Mounted with nicely figured, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & semi-crescent smooth steel buttplate. Accompanied by a Marlin Firearms Company letter fully identifying this rifle as having been shipped July 7, 1890. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 92-94% strong bright orig blue with some slight thinning & turning plum. Receiver retains 75-80% thin orig blue, strong & bright in sheltered areas. Lever & hammer retain faded case colors. Wood is sound with usual nicks, dings & scratches and retains about 90% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-36032 JR7 (6,000-10,000)"
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