Manufactured in 1878, this is a second pattern rifle with the thumb print dust cover and screw-attached guide rail. Dovetail German silver blade front and folding ladder rear sights. The barrel is marked with the Winchester address ahead of the rear sight. Casehardened frame, set trigger, and mounted with a smooth forearm and straight grip stock with a crescent butt trap buttplate. The included factory letter confirms the current configuration along with receipt at the warehouse on 2 September 1881 and shipment on 7 August 1882 in order number 34395. It also lists 2 June 1890 in order number 12983 and that it was "put in good order", likely referring to the addition of the dust cover.
Very good, retains traces of original blue finish in sheltered areas with the balance a smooth grey patina and a few patches of light pitting. The reoiled wood has minor dings and scratches scattered throughout. Mechanically excellent.
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