"MARLIN MODEL 1888 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 25511. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Scarce standard grade rifle with rare 24" rnd bbl, German silver Rocky Mtn. front sight and, what is probably a replacement Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with straight grain, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate. Right side of receiver, above loading port, is stamped "G.W.L." in tiny letters. According to the book Marlin Firearms, Brophy, only 4,814 of these rare rifles were ever produced and of that number only 266 had rnd bbls. Accompanied by a Marlin Firearms Co. letter identifying this rifle with 24" rnd bbl, shipped Aug. 24, 1889. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Very good. No orig finish remains with metal being a cleaned medium gray patina with scattered light pitting. Forearm has a crack in tip & a hairline back of bottom tang in buttstock with another back of top tang, otherwise wood is sound and retains most of an old refinish. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with moderate pitting. 4-36051 JR37 (2,000-3,000)"
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