Manufactured in 1891 with the desirable early casehardened receiver found only on Model 1886 rifles manufactured prior to 1902. The Model 1886 was designed by John Browning and provided heavy firepower in a rugged and durable design, two very desirable traits on the frontier or anywhere in the American West. The top barrel flat is marked with the two-line address in front of the rear sight and the caliber marking at the breech. The upper tang has the model designation, and the lower tang is marked with the two-line patent dates and the serial number. It is fitted with a later added King's patent, beaded blade, sun reflector front sight and an elevation adjustable notch rear sight. It is mounted with a smooth forearm and straight grip stock with a crescent buttplate.
Good, showing mostly the bright grey patina of a rifle that was used extensively but well maintained, and some scattered patches of light pitting, mostly on the left of the barrel and magazine just ahead of the forearm. The wood is also good with a couple hairline cracks in the buttstock, an absent sliver from the wrist, and the scattered light handling marks of a working gun. Mechanically excellent. An honest Model 1886 that isn't hard to imagine providing years of trusted service on the frontier!
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