Manufactured in 1897. The included factory letter lists the rifle in .30 caliber with a round barrel, plain trigger, oil finished checkered pistol grip stock, half (4 cartridge) magazine, and a rubber shotgun buttplate when received at the warehouse on 5 January 1898 and shipped the next day. The barrel has the two line address and caliber marking at the breech, model/trademark/patent dates on the upper tang, and serial number on the bottom of the receiver. The left of the lower tang is marked "5044 OFRB" and "5044" is faintly repeated in the stock inlet. It is fitted with a Lyman white beaded blade front sight, elevation adjustable buckhorn rear sight, and a Marble tang mounted peep sight. Mounted with a finely figured "H" pattern checkered forearm and pistol grip stock with a hard rubber shotgun buttplate.
Fine, retains 40% plus of the original blue finish, 30% of the original case colors, and 25% of the original nitre blue with the balance having thinned to a mostly smooth grey patina. The wood is very good with some scattered minor dings and scratches scattered throughout and mostly well-defined recut checkering. Mechanically excellent.
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