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Seller: Vintage Firearms, Inc
Company: Vintage Firearms, Inc.
Member Since: 5/19/07
First Name: jay
Last Name: shachter
Country: United States
Phone: (616) 292-6240
Phone2: (616) 608-4337
Fax: (616) 608-4701
Active Listings: 140
Total Listings: 4466
Seller Type:FFL Dealer
Return Policy: 3 day inspection and return policy on used guns and accessories.
Payment Methods: credit card, check, certified funds, wire transfer (Advertised price represents the 3% cash discount price. Actual price if paid by credit card is 3% higher cost.)
Marlin Model 1888 .38WCF – RARE GUN, HIGH FACTORY CONDITION, vintage firearms inc
General Specs: Marlin, Year 1889, 38-W, 6lbs 12oz
Serial Number: 24270
I get to look at a lot of fine lever rifles in my travels to shows and shoots. Vintage Firearms, Inc is known for fine shotguns, but I have bought and sold many fine bolt and lever rifles over the last few decades. I especially like the less common lever guns from the days of the Old West…you know, the ones we saw in the cowboy movies. It is nice to know that there are still fantastic, collectible, investment quality rifles out there that are affordable. The Marlin Model 1888 rifle shown here, sn24270 built in 1889 in .38-40 WCF caliber, is AN INCREDIBLE FIND, AS IT IS A LOW PRODUCTION (4800 total ever made), VERY STRONG 95% FACTORY ORIGINAL CONDITION RIFLE THAT HAS AN EXCELLENT PLUS BORE AND HAS NOT BEEN ALTERED SINCE LEAVING THE FACTORY 131 YEARS AGO. Marlin Firearms Company was a direct competitor to Winchester Repeating Arms in an era when the Wild West was still new and unfolding. Looking today at the mechanics and firing systems, most agree that the Marlin was the superior weapon mechanically but did not have the marketing that would allow them to outsell the Winchester. Marlin did produce a large number of fine rifles in various models. The Model 1881 had over 36,000 produced, and the Model 1889, their first side eject model, sold over 55,000 rifles. The Model 1888 was the last top-eject Marlin rifle model and was designed for the shorter pistol caliber cartridges like the .38-40, .32-40, and the .44-40, allowing the settlers, cowboys, and travelers to have one bag of cartridges for both their rifle and revolver. Having only been made for 2 years and only 4800 total Model 1888 rifles produced is an incredibly short lived and low production firearm and why collectors are so attracted to the Marlin Model 1888. Rarely do you find such an honest, high-condition Marlin antique rifle, especially WITH A PRISTINE BORE like this rifle has. Just look at the photos and you will see quite an amazing Marlin antique rifle. You can still buy ammunition for this ANTIQUE RIFLE, and we can ship this gun to any address you specify without any license required. This is a true, collector quality, investment grade Marlin lever rifle from the days of the Wild West when cowboys and outlaws road horses with rifles like this Marlin in their scabbard ready for danger. What a great rifle to add to your collection! Thanks for looking.
Barrel Length: 24" octagon
Bores: excellent, with sharp rifling
% Blue: 96% factory strong
Sights: buckhorn rear; Ivory bead front
Case Color: action 90% factory blue
Trigger Type: single, crisp
Trigger Guard Color: lever/trigger/hammer 90% case color, factory
Type: straight stock
LOP: 13 1/8"
LOP To End Of Wood: 12 7/8"
Butt Treatment: crescent steel
There are more photos upon request. We offer a 30 day mechanical warranty on this fine firearm. Call us for full details. PLEASE SEE MY OTHER FINE VINTAGE FIREARMS. Just open one of my ads and click on the line that says “see all items from this seller” and a very nice list of fine sporting and collectible arms will appear. I have many more fine sxs shotguns not yet listed. Thanks for looking!
Payment Methods: Credit Card, Money Order, Certified Check, Personal Check, Wire Transfer (Advertised price represents the 3% cash discount price. Actual price if paid by credit card is 3% higher cost)
Inspection Period / Return Policy: Three Days from the date the item was received.
Sales Tax: Sales tax will be collected based on ship to address
Shipping & Insurance: Ground $120.00 within the continental U.S. Additional fees for HI & AK. We ship internationally with additional fees!
Item Condition: Used
Requires FFL?: NO, ANTIQUE
Call to purchase #616-292-6240. If you have any questions please call or email us. Thanks! Vintage Firearms Inc
We employ a full time gunsmith on premises and can perform alterations to suit your needs within a few weeks of purchase. Common requests are: -stock bending to suit your particular requirements -addition of any specified butt pad to increase length of pull -alteration of chokes to suit your shooting preferences -lengthening of chambers and forcing cones -darkening stock color with penetrating stains -restoring any part of the gun including rust blue, charcoal blue, bone and charcoal case color, wood restoration and checkering recuts. If you like one our guns but it needs "tweaked", let us know and we can quote you a time and price. Some enthusiasts like the guns "as found" and others want them "just so". We often list guns as found and let the particular buyer choose how they want their gun to fit or look.
Rifle Caliber: .38-40 Winchester