E. Remington & Sons manufactured approximately 5,000 Keene magazine rifles (in all configurations) between 1880-1883, with this rifle included as one of only 250 delivered to the U.S. Navy; which were believed to have been issued to the Marine Corps for field trials in 1880. "US/(Navy anchor)" and "W.W.K." inspection initials of Navy Lieutenant William Wirt Kimball marked on the breech end of the barrel. "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the toe of the stock. Includes socket bayonet. Provenance: The George Moller Collection
Fine, retaining 40% arsenal refurbished blue finish strongest on the receiver and barrel bands with brown patina on the balance. Stock is very good with some scattered light scratches and chips, a cracked section behind the upper tang, and a chip at the toe. Mechanically excellent. Rubber face inside of the magazine follower deteriorated from aging. Included bayonet is very good with some scattered patches of moderate pitting. A very scarce example of an early Remington-Keene Navy magazine rifle that would make a fine addition to any U.S. military collection!
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