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Marksman rifle

Posted by Ned on Monday, 18 May 2015, at 7:13 p.m.

I just found an 1884 rifle in pristine condition, shiney muzzle, etc. It's beautiful. I was told that it came out of a local collection and is a marksman rifle. It has a front sight cover, a metal pistol grip, a butt trap which has a broken cartridge extractor and combination tool, a 1891 cartouche, a standard Buffington rear sight and, finally, a brass tag tacked to the stock in front of the trigger guard with the number "22" on it. The seller claims that the tag denotes a Kelton (?) marksman rifle. Other than the usual V_P_N and a small v on the barrel top between the sight and the block, it's otherwise unmarked. He wants $1000 for it, I'm tempted, but on retired Army pay I'd like to be certain of what I'm getting. Any ideas? Thanks, Ned


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