"MARLIN MODEL 1881 SPECIAL ORDER LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 3502. Cal. 40 (40-60). Standard grade rifle with rare 24" oct bbl, 3rd style markings, 2nd type frame, full magazine, German silver Rocky Mtn. front sight & Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with nicely figured, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & semi-crescent smooth steel buttplate. It has solid carrier. Accompanied by a Marlin Firearms Company letter stating that they are unable to fully identify this rifle except to state that it was manufactured in 1883. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Very fine.ááBbl retains about 90% strong orig blue with a few dings on edges and sharp edge wear.ááMagazine tube retains strong blue in sheltered areas being mostly a plum/brown patina.ááReceiver is strong, retaining about 90% deep orig blue, thinning over the top with edge wear.ááLever & hammer retain faded case colors, strong in sheltered areas.ááForearm has a small repair over the loading gate spring, otherwise wood is sound with usual nicks, dings & scratches and retains about 90% orig varnish.ááMechanics are fine, strong bore with fine pitting. 4-36038 JR4 (5,000-8,000)"
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