The included factory letter confirms the serial number, .22 WRF caliber, checkered pistol grip stock, special order sights, Swiss buttplate, and October 16, 1899 date of shipment. The letter further states the rifle was returned to the factory for unspecified repairs on November 4, 1899. Beach combination front and Lyman flip up rear peep sight on the upper tang, filler block in the rear sight dovetail, second style barrel inscription, "22 W.R.F." caliber marking on top flat at the breech, Winchester proofs correctly absent, and three-line maker, model, and patent marking on the upper tang. Fancy XXX figured walnut 12 groove slide handle and checkered pistol grip stock with Winchester hard rubber grip cap, and nickel plated Swiss buttplate. The left side of the lower tang is stamped "8076 XXX" with the matching assembly number "8076" on the end of the stock and inside of the buttplate.
Very fine with 95% blue finish on the barrel, some light edge wear, and some small scratches and dings visible on the right side. The receiver has 90% vivid case colors, and some light silvering on the edges. The highly figured wood is also very fine with crisp checkering, small scattered dings and scratches, and some edge wear visible on the buttplate. Mechanically excellent.
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