Manufactured in 1894. The top barrel flat is marked with the two-line address ahead of the rear sight and "40-70 W.C.F." at the breech. Directly behind the rear sight is stamped "FROM W.F. SHEARD/LIVINGSTON MONT.". The upper tang is marked "-MODEL 1886-" and the two patent dates are marked on the lower tang directly behind the trigger and the serial number at the end. Dovetailed blade front sight and adjustable buck horn rear sporting sight. Blue barrel and full length magazine, with casehardened remaining parts, and mounted with a smooth walnut forearm with steel forend cap and straight grip stock with a crescent buttplate.
Very good. The barrel and magazine tube have a smooth dark brown patina with streaks of original blue finish and strong original blue finish in protected areas. There are several dings and dents on the magazine tube, and a few minor dings on the barrel. The receiver shows traces original faded case colors with a smooth mottled gray patina on the balance. The remaining metal surfaces have a dark patina with some traces of original case colors in protected areas and some spotting on the forend cap. The wood is fine. The stock is refinished and shows some minor handling marks and a minor crack behind the upper tang. The forearm has some minor dents and dings. The markings are clear. The action is fine.
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