1326. Special Order Marlin Model 1893 Lever Action Carbine

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serial #403844, 38-55, 20" barrel with a good bore showing light oxidation, frosting and strong rifling throughout. The metal surfaces of the barrel retains perhaps 75% original blue thinning to gray-brown throughout with moderate freckling and light oxidation staining throughout. The action is mostly a mottled silvery gray patina with some spots of cleaned light pitting, freckling and light oxidation staining. The barrel is marked "SPECIAL SMOKELESS STEEL" and all of the markings remain visible having softened just a little. There is a social security number scratched into both the bottom of the frame and lower tang. The straight grip walnut buttstock and forend remain in very good condition as lightly cleaned with mostly worn finish, a streak of white paint on the right side of the upper tang and some further minor dings, dents and handling marks. The carbine wears a shotgun-style black checkered hard rubber buttplate, correct for the Model 1893. It remains in very good plus condition showing some light smoothing, discoloration, some flakes of white paint and small dings. There are two holes at the top of the frame and upper tang and it is sighted with the correct Marlin carbine rear sight and silver blade front sight. This carbine is a very interesting example and is almost identical to the later 1894 half magazine baby carbines marketed by Marlin, although it is of course marked as an 1893 and is chambered for the large 38-55 cartridge. The carbine is equipped with a saddle ring and the magazine is the "half" magazine as seen on the aforementioned baby carbine and probably holds at most three cartridges. Although well-used, this carbine represents a very interesting example for the collector and is worthy of further research. (138445-18) {C&R} (600/800) SOLD FOR $690.00

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