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Lot 3368: Scarce Marlin Ballard No. 5 Pacific Single Shot Rifle

Auction Date: December 5, 2021

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Estimated Price: $4,000 - $6,000

Scarce Marlin Ballard No. 5 Pacific Single Shot Rifle

Manufacturer: Marlin Firearms Co
Model: Ballard-Rifle
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 40-90
Barrel: 30 inch octagon
Finish: blue/casehardened
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 353
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 198
Class: Antique

Manufactured from 1876 to 1891. The left side of the receiver has the two-line Marlin address/Ballard patent dates marking. The action is equipped with double set triggers. The rifle is fitted with a combination Beach front sight, an elevation adjustable rear sight, and Marlin mid-range folding Vernier tang sight. Includes a hickory cleaning rod under the barrel. The left side of the forearm is inscribed with the initials "W.g.L." Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection

Rating Definition:

Fine. The barrel retains 65% original blue finish with a smooth brown patina on the balance. The action retains strong patterns of faded original case colors, otherwise a smooth silver gray. The wood is also fine with a few stress cracks on the forearm, splice repair on the comb, and minor dings and scratches. Mechanically excellent.

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