Marlin XXX Standard 1872, .30 RF Short Pocket Revolver
J.M. Marlin of New-Haven CT was an employee of Samuel Colt before he ventured out on his own in 1863. With a variety of changes and owners, the Marlin Firearms Company has been around ever since, making sporting rifles and handguns to this day. Most famous for the Marlin repeating rifle, they also made very good quality pistols, deringers and revolvers for the civilian market. The "XXX Standard" is named for its caliber, the .30 rim fire cartridge. The design of the gun is very similar to the Smith and Wesson Model 1, with its tip-up barrel and fixed extractor.
This particular specimen is finely engraved in the New York style, with sharp markings and beautiful mother-of-pearl grips. The action is strong, and the hinge is tight and free of cracks. There is a little bit of play in the cylinder, but not bad for a gun of this age. 3-inch barrel, clean, shiny bore with sharp rifling and moderate pitting. Very early, first year production SN 11, rated very fine overall.


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