.38-40 caliber, 26" barrel, S/N 52359 (ca 1891). Blued barrel and frame with case hardened hammer, lever, and buttplate. Varnished walnut stock with checkered forend and pistol grip along with special order half magazine. Blade front sight with buckhorn elevator rear sight and tang-mounted aperture. Top of barrel marked with two-line Marlin address and patent dates. Of the over 55,000 Model 1889 rifles produced between 1889 and 1903, only 508 were produced with half-magazines, representing just over one percent of the total number of arms produced. In addition to the rare half-magazine, this piece also features a special order half-octagonal barrel, a feature that was included in less than one percent of total production. Includes factory letter confirming configuration.
Very good. Most of the blued finish remains turning a mixed plum with some lightening and thinning on octagonal portion with some additional lightening to sharp edges. Frame shows some scratches with a mixed light blue and gunmetal patination. Stock shows some handling marks and blemishes, but no serious cracks or splits. Bore is good; mostly bright with minimal pitting and visible rifling. A desirable and very rare piece of Marlin history for the advanced collector.