Manufactured in 1906. This Extra Lightweight Takedown Rifle features a 22" round barrel, 3/4 magazine, varnished walnut forearm and pistol grip stock with shotgun style checkered hard rubber buttplate. The rifle has a full blue finish with casehardened hammer and loading lever. The barrel is fitted with a Lyman front sight with a bead, a two folding leaf Lyman rear sight and receiver mounted Lyman peep sight. The top of the barrel ahead of the rear sight is marked with the two line address/patent dates, "NICKEL STEEL" at the left rear, the Winchester oval proof followed by "45-70" at the breech and has importer marks ahead of the forend cap. The top of the front receiver ring is marked with the Winchester oval proof, the upper tang is marked "MODEL 1886/WINCHESTER/TRADE MARK", with the two line, two patent dates directly behind the trigger and the serial number at the rear of the lower tang. There is a sling swivel mounted on the forend cap and stock. The accompanying factory letter (copy) verifies this rifle as 45/70 caliber, 22 inch round barrel, plain trigger, plain pistol grip stock, 3/4 magazine, short rubber butt, extra light, Lyman leaf and Lyman semi -jack front, Lyman receiver sight, that it was received in the warehouse on July 17, 1907, and shipped on order number 11061, July 23, 1907. Provenance: The Wayne Connor Collection
Fine. The rear half of the barrel retains a mix of original blue finish with extensive cold blue touch up on most of the front half. The receiver retains 80% original blue finish with scattered minor flaking, high edge wear, several minor scratches and a small amount of minor spotting. The hammer and lever retain 60% original case colors with a smooth silver gray patina on the balance. The wood is very fine with most of the original varnish remaining and overall scattered minor dings, dents and scratches. All markings are clear. Mechanically excellent.
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