Manufactured in 1882, this Third Model production features the dust cover guide rail integral to the top of the receiver and dust cover has the serrated finger grip on the rear. Blade front and adjustable semi-buckhorn rear sights, the top of the barrel is marked with the two- line address/King's improvement patent dates ahead of the rear sight and "38 -- CAL" at the breech. The upper tang is marked "MODEL. 1873" flanked by the decorative foliate design, the serial number is at the rear of the lower tang and the bottom of the brass cartridge elevator is marked "38 CAL." Full magazine tube and mounted with a smooth walnut forearm and straight grip stock with forend cap and special order iron shotgun buttplate.
Very good. The metal surfaces have a smooth mottled brownish gray patina. There is small area of minor pitting on top of the barrel ahead of the front sight. The wood is fine with a few scattered minor dings, scratches and handling marks. The markings are clear. The action is fine.
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