"MODEL 1876 LEVER ACTION RIFLE WITH 7-LEAF EXPRESS REAR SIGHT. SN 62657. Cal. 45-75. Standard grade rifle with 28" oct bbl, full magazine, Beach's front sight base with dovetail bead sight installed. It has the very rare platinum line 7-leaf express rear sight on top flat with six folding leaves graduated from 100-600 yards with the seventh leaf a ladder sight graduated from 700-1,000 yards. The bbl address has been relocated further forward on top flat to accommodate this extra long sight and the caliber marking has been relocated to left top flat, again to accommodate this long sight. It is mounted with very nicely figured, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock and crescent buttplate with trap. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum fact sheet fully documenting this rifle with oct bbl, plain trigger, 7-leaf express & Beach front sights, shipped Sept. 24, 1891 to Order #11313. It is well documented that the vast majority of these 7-leaf sight rifles were ordered by and shipped to hunters and landowners in South Africa. Most of them saw extreme hard service on that frontier and are rarely ever found retaining much orig finish. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl retains about 85% orig blue turning slightly plum on top three flats, strong & bright on bottom three flats. Magazine tube is mostly a blue/brown patina on the outside radius with sheltered areas retaining strong blue. Forend cap retains a blue/brown patina with strong blue in sheltered areas. Receiver retains 75-80% thin orig blue, strong & bright in sheltered areas with a few nicks & light scratches. Wood is sound with a couple of gouges on forearm and a bruise on left wrist and light nicks & scratches under a light coating of added finish. Buttstock retains about 80% orig finish under the light added finish with forearm a hand worn patina underneath. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with light fine pitting. 4-31677 JR296 (10,000-15,000)"
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