This rifle is not a firearm for any purpose of Federal Law pertaining to modern weapons. We do not need a Federal Firearms License to ship it unless someone lives in New Jersey or similarly statuted jurisdiction.
This is a Remington Rolling Block single shot rifle, for the .43 Center Fire Egyptian caliber. We estimate this rifle was manufactured some time in the early 1880s; and it has a relatively low serial number in the high 200s range. It is at least in Good Condition, finish wise, according to how people generally grade antique firearms. We estimate that 85 to 90 percent of the original wood thickness remains, with some thinning at the edges next to the metal, and some drawing from its age. The only conspicuous detractions to the wood show in the photos, a beginning of a large flake on the left side of the pistol grip area buttstock behind the receiver, and a long partially doubled hairline crack on the same side next to the buttplate. The rear sight is intact and operable except for the elevation bar. Mechanically, the rifle is tight, Very Good; and it would likely fire if someone had some of the appropriate ammunition. We doubt that is possible.
Metal is a nice brown and gray patina, spotty throughout with only about 20 percent light external pitting. There are hints of original blue here and there, like on the rear sight sides, on part of the block lever and hammer sides, and portions of the receiver. Sling bands are intact, even though the front band retainer is wallowed out and that swivel is somewhat loose.
Barrel length is 35 inches including chamber; and what is surprising, this rifle’s forte, is the condition of the bore and chamber. Even though the rifling is not pronounced, it is visible throughout and reasonably strong, and there is no visible pitting anywhere inside the bore. That is striking for a black powder cartridge rifle.
Note that the yellowish white material on the left side of the buttstock is the residue from an old official label that we wish was still intact. We chose to leave it. We classify the bore as Good if not Very Good.
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