Manufactured in 1880 as a Second Model with dust cover rail attached with two screws and the late pattern dust cover with serrations at the rear. The barrel has the two-line Winchester address/King's patent marking and no caliber markings as seen on early Model 1873 rifles, model designation on the upper tang that is fitted with a special order graduated peep sight, and serial number on the lower tang. The left side of the lower tang is marked "342" and inside the buttplate is marked "21". The special order half-octagon barrel is fitted with German silver blade front and elevation adjustable notch rear sights. Fitted with a special order 18 inch magazine and set trigger. Mounted with a smooth forearm and straight grip stock with a replacement trapdoor crescent buttplate (cleaning rod not included). The included factory letter confirms the current configuration including the special order features as well as receipt at the warehouse on 21 January 1880 and shipped the same day to order number 18664. Provenance: The John Fox Collection
Fine, retains 65% plus original blue finish, faint traces of original case color patterns, and 30% original nitre blue with the balance mostly a smooth grey patina. The buttplate is a replacement. The wood is also fine with some minor dings and scratches scattered throughout, and a few minor chips on edges. Mechanically excellent.
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