The included factory letter confirms this gun as a rifle with an octagon barrel, plain trigger, and half magazine and lists it as received in the warehouse on June 24, 1878, and as shipped the same day in order 12203. The rifle is a first model, with the dust cover sliding in guide grooves on the top of the frame, and has a German silver blade front sight, adjustable sporting rear sight, the two-line address and patent marking ahead of the rear sight, "Model. 1873" in ornate script on the upper tang, the script serial number on the lower tang, a smooth forearm and stock with a crescent buttplate, and an empty compartment in the stock. The elevator has hand marked "F IIIIII F/F F X/XXX" markings. The meaning of these markings is unclear.
Very good with 20% original blue finish, mottled artificially applied gray and brown patina on the balance, patches of oxidation, general mild marks and scratches, and mild overall wear. The re-oiled wood is also very good and has light scratches and dings and minor chipping at the toe. Mechanically excellent.
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