Bell and Corbett Outfitters
Richmond, California

Marlin Saddlering 38-55

     A Marlin 1893 First Model Saddlering Carbine retaining this high level of original condition is indeed a scarce find. We have to rate this rifle at a strong 95+% overall condition, though we were tempted to go as high as 98% based only on rarity of high condition. 38-55 caliber, 1899 estimated manufacture date, 1766XX serial number. Case colors are stunningly vivid on all the metal, with fading just beginning on the front of the left side of the receiver, saddlering stud and the back of the lever; these areas are developing a nice patina. As seen in the photos, most of the original lacquer is present over the case colors. Barrel and magazine tube blacking is in excellent condition. Blueing is starting to wear from the sides of the barrel bands.
     Straight-grained stock and fore-end are beautiful, with only slight handling marks and scratches, as seen in the photos.
     Notice also the un-messed-with screw slots, and the condition of the gloss blueing on the screws. 20" barrel retains beautiful, shiny, crisp bore. The inside of the action and the bolt face, visible while cocking the lever, are clean and presentable, suggesting this rifle has seen very little use. 
     This 111 year-old Marlin exhibits a rarely seen combination of caliber, condition and completeness. 

     Offered at $3250 SOLD
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