588. Interesting Special Order Marlin Model 97 Lever Action Rifle

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serial #302677, 22 S,L,LR, 24" part round part octagon threaded barrel with an about very good bore showing some spots of light pitting and strong rifling throughout. The special order features of this rifle include the part round part octagon barrel, checkered forend and pistolgrip buttstock. The barrel has also been very neatly threaded for a suppressor and the top portion of the tube magazine knurling milled off to allow clearance for the suppressor. It is noted that a number of methods were used to attach period suppressors such as the Maxim silencer and this work is very professionally and likely period done. The barrel and magazine tube are mostly a gray-brown patina showing some scattered patches of light tool or vise marks, light oxidation staining, freckling and some strong remnants of original blue in the more protected areas. The action is mostly a mix of light gray-brown and silvery pewter patina showing some small dings and light oxidation staining. The checkered pistolgrip walnut stock and forend remain in very good condition although the checkering has worn significantly from the years and has likely been cleaned long ago showing an old small chip at the toe, spots of light staining, dings and handling marks. The black checkered hard rubber "MFACO" buttplate is intact showing some overall smoothing and minor scuffs. The rifle is sighted with a Lyman tang-mounted peep sight, Lyman No. 6 folding leaf sight and Marble's No. 3 white bead front. This rifle has seen some honest use but retains a plethora of interesting features for the Marlin collector. (138315-49LTS246) {C&R} [Lewis T. Steadman Collection] (600/800) SOLD FOR $920.00

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