"MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE WITH 7-LEAF EXPRESS SIGHT. SN 507473B. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Standard grade rifle with 24-1/4" oct bbl, full magazine, Beach's combination front sight and factory installed 7-leaf platinum line express rear sight with six leaves graduated 100 to 600 yards and seventh leaf, a ladder sight, graduated 700 to 1,000 yards. It has single set trigger and is mounted with nicely figured, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock and crescent buttplate with trap. Forend cap & buttstock have sling eyes. The bbl address is relocated far forward to accommodate the extremely long sight and the caliber marking is relocated from the top flat to the left top flat, also to accommodate the extra long sight. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum fact sheet fully identifying this rifle, as found, with oct bbl, set trigger, 7-leaf express and Beach front sight with "screw eyes" shipped 10 February 1897 to order #1946. 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: Very fine. Bbl retains 93-95% orig finish turning slightly plum. Magazine tube retains about 95% strong orig blue with a repaired ding about mid-point. Forend cap retains about 65-75% orig finish. Receiver retains 75-80% strong orig finish, thin & turning brown over the top and bottom edges with a blue/gray top tang. Lever retains 25-30% faded case colors with balance turned silver and the hammer about 80% faded case colors. Buttplate is mostly a gray patina. Wood is sound with a gouge in the forearm and other light handling & use marks and retains about all of a light professionally restored finish. Set trigger functions perfectly. Mechanics are crisp, strong bright bore with fine orange peel pitting. 4-31678 JR215 (9,000-15,000)"
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