521. Rare Special Order Whitney Kennedy Large Caliber Lever Action Rifle

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serial #R779, 40-60, 26'' round barrel with half magazine and a fair bore showing moderate pitting and some good rifling throughout. This rifle is in a very rare configuration with special order factory half magazine and extra length barrel as well as being chambered in the hard-to-find 40-60. The half magazine is completely correct with the screw plug nicely contoured to match the lines of the nosecap and the plug retainer screw present on the bottom. The barrel is marked with the two-line ''WHITNEY ARMS CO. / NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A.'' address and the metal surfaces have been lightly cleaned to a smooth gray patina showing remnants of light pitting throughout, small dings and some strong original blue present on the loading gate, around the screw heads, lower tang, rear sight and wood line. The small pin on the bottom of the floorplate is missing, there are two added holes at the upper tang and all of the markings are still mostly visible. The plain walnut stocks remain in very good condition retaining a healthy amount of original finish on the buttstock, a small professionally repaired chip at the toe, some more moderate abrasions scattered about the forend, a thin crack at the lower tang, some more minor dings and handling marks. The rifle is sighted with the usual sporting rear, the front is a Beach combination sight although the globe has broken off and the action seems to function well mechanically. An honest special order rifle in a wonderful configuration. (138315-97LTS163) {ANTIQUE} [Lewis T. Steadman Collection] (2000/3000) Sold For 3450.00

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