Manufactured in 1896 with standard markings, this is one of approximately 5,000 of the early "flatside" Model 1895 rifles. Fitted with modified custom ramped beaded blade front, empty rear dovetail, and receiver mounted Lyman peep sights. Mounted with a smooth schnabel tip forearm and straight grip stock with a crescent buttplate. The accompanying factory letter lists this rifle in .30 caliber with Lyman receiver and front sights when received in the warehouse on December 16, 1896 and shipped the same day and lists a March 1897 repair and return date.
Fair. Mostly an artificial smooth grey patina with some evidence of mild cleaning. The barrel has been shortened, front sight ramp added, and the front sight replaced, all of which are equally aged with the rifle. The lightly sanded and reoiled wood is excellent with a few scattered light dings and scratches. Mechanically excellent.
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