"MARLIN MODEL 1889 SPECIAL ORDER LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 94574. Cal. 38 WCF (38-40). Rare special order Model '89 with extremely rare 30" oct bbl, 28" magazine with German silver Rocky Mtn. front sight & Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight with adjustable aperture. Mounted with straight grain, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate. According to the book Marlin Firearms, Brophy, a total of 55,119 of these rifles were manufactured, of which only 164 had 30" bbls. Accompanied by a Marlin Firearms Co. letter identifying this rifle in caliber 38-40 with 30" oct bbl, shipped July 8, 1893. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Good to very good. Bbl retains about 75% blue turning brown, strong blue in sheltered areas. Magazine tube is mostly a smooth plum/brown patina. Receiver retains 25-30% thin blue in sheltered areas with balance a thin plum/brown patina. Stock has a fine professional repair in the wrist, otherwise wood is sound with numerous nicks & scratches and retains 50-60% of an old refinish on forearm & about 75% on buttstock. Mechanics are fine, strong dark bore. 4-36049 JR38 (3,000-5,000)"
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