.38-55 caliber, 32" extra heavy round-to-octagonal barrel, S/N 25285 . With matching numbers throughout. The caliber is marked at the top flat of the barrel. The side of the frame is marked with the Marlin name and address and Ballard's patent. With spirit level and windgauge front sight and Vernier tang peep sight. The forearm is uncheckered and has a slightly tapered forend. The pistol grip stock is also uncheckered, and has a raised cheekpiece and a nickel plated Swiss style buttplate. This very rifle is featured on page 280 of John T. Dutcher's book Ballard: The Great American Single Shot Rifle .
The barrel has all of the original finish remaining and is in excellent condition. The frame displays strong case colors. Almost all of the nickel remains on the buttplate. The wood is in very good condition. The bore and action are excellent.