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Lot 2: Bullard Repeating Arms Co. Model 1886 Lever Action Rifle

Auction Location: Rock Island, IL

Auction Date: September 6, 2019

Lot 2: Bullard Repeating Arms Co. Model 1886 Lever Action Rifle

Auction Location: Rock Island, IL

Auction Date: September 6, 2019

Estimated Price: $3,500 - $5,500
Price Realized:

Scarce Bullard Repeating Arms Co. Model 1886 Lever Action Rifle with Special Order Extra Length Barrel

Manufacturer: Bullard Repeating Arms Co
Model: 1886
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 38-45
Barrel: 30 inch octagon
Finish: blue
Grip:
Stock: highly-figured walnut pis
Item Views: 3380
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 7
Class: Antique
Description:

This rifle was manufactured around 1886-1891 and is one of only approximately 500 six-screw small frame action repeaters (sn. 1500-2000) and is made even rarer by its unusually long barrel and special sights. It has a beaded blade front sight (bead absent), a tang mounted peep sight, the serial number between the peep and hammer, "Cal. 38" on top of the receiver ring, "Model 1886" on the right side of the frame, "BULLARD REPEATING ARMS COMPANY/SPRINGFIELD MASS. U.S.A." on the left side of the frame, a smooth forearm, and semi-pistol grip buttstock with nice figure and curved hard rubber buttplate embossed with the factory turkey logo.

Rating Definition:

Very fine with 75% plus original blue finish, mostly smooth brown patina on the balance, professional period filled and blended rear sight dovetail, strong original case colors on the lever and hammer, speckled patina on the lever, some mild edge wear, minor marks and scratches, repaired dust cover (flipped and new screw and serrations added), chipped guide rail on the right at the front, and generally minor wear. The wood is also very fine and has some minor dings and scrapes, attractive figure, and even finish. The buttplate has a natural aged tone and distinct checkering and embossing. Mechanically fine.



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