.44-40 caliber, 20" half-octagonal-to-round barrel with half magazine, S/N 100174. Checkered straight grip stock that is shorter than standard with Marlin metal buttplate, checkered forearm. Factory letter states serial number 100,174, 1889, .44-40 caliber, 1/2 magazine, date shipped November 4, 1893. This rifle was used by the Annie Oakley Foundation in their display. This is one of only four Model 1889 Marlins with 20" barrel and factory shortened stock attributed to Annie Oakley. Annie Oakley had a relationship with Marlin similar to Bat Masterson's with Colt Firearms. Annie's special order deluxe engraved Marlin Factory Presentation short 1889, serial number 98850 and the present rifle, serial number 100174, are the only examples of the four attributed pieces that are short barrel, half magazine and short butt stock. Other than factory engraving and factory presentation, the two rifles are identical and unique. As Marlin S/N 100,174 was made and shipped shortly after Annie's special presentation 1889, it stands to reason that she ordered a plainer version for use rather that wearing out a very valuable and beautiful gun presented to her by the Marlin Company. Both rifles have been displayed together for this reason and an archive of relevant paperwork provides further convincing provenance as to Annie's ownership. Includes factory letter confirming configuration.
This rifle shows some use. Barrel and magazine tube have nice plum finish with some blue blending in. The frame is a silvery gray to brown. Stock with some nicks and dings. Bore is very good and mechanically excellent.
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