Manufactured in 1892 with the early casehardened receiver, standard only on Model 1886 rifles manufactured before 1902, and is chambered in the desirable .45-70 W.C.F. caliber. The barrel is marked with the standard two line address and caliber designation, model designation on the upper tang, and two line patent dates and serial number on the lower tang. The left side of the lower tang is marked "1XXXRB", and "1" is repeated in the stock inlet. The barrel is fitted with later production replacement beaded blade front and Redfield elevation adjustable buckhorn rear sights and is paired with a special order half magazine. Mounted with a finely figured, "H" pattern checkered forearm and pistol grip stock with ebony grip insert and a checkered hard rubber shotgun buttplate. The included factory letter confirms the current configuration of the rifle including the special order features as well as receipt at the warehouse on 20 February 1892 and shipment on 25 February 1892.
Fine, retains 40% plus original blue finish, 50% plus original case colors, and 60% original nitre blue on the loading gate with the balance mostly a silvery grey patina, primarily on the receiver and edges, with a few scattered patches of very light surface pitting. The wood is also fine with minor dings and scratches scattered throughout and a few minor blemishes in the overall crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent.
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