Manufactured in 1896, the second year of production. This is 1 of the only 5,000 manufactured with the flat-sided receiver. This solid frame rifle is fitted with a pinned beaded blade front sight, elevation adjustable rear sight and tang peep sight. The barrel is marked with the two-line address ahead of the rear sight, "30 U.S." at the breech and British proof on the left side at the breech. Additional "Crown/V" proofs are stamped on the receiver and bolt. The left side of the receiver has a London retailer marking: "CHARLES HELLIS/119. EDGWARE ROAD HYDE PARK/LONDON W." The two-line patent dates marking is located behind the trigger. Mounted on a smooth straight grip stock with eyelets holding a leather sling, ebony forend insert and smooth steel shotgun buttplate.
Fine. The rifle retains 60% original blue finish with the balance a smooth brown patina. The reoiled wood is very good with a couple missing minor chips and some filler near the upper tang, otherwise some minor dings and scratches. Mechanically excellent.
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