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LOT 1056
Extraordinary Extremely Rare L.D. Nimschke Presentation Engraved Evans Repeating Co., Transition Lever Action Sporting Rifle - Serial no. 674, 44 Evans cal., 28 inch octagon bbl., blue/nickel finish, walnut stock. This Evans lever action sporting rifle was manufactured by the Evans Repeating Rifle Company, Mechanic Falls, Maine, in 1876-1877. The Evans Lever Action Rifle was a distinctive design with revolving, butt-loading magazine and hammer mounted on the underside of the frame. The rifles had an exceptionally large magazine capacity of 34-rounds and were chambered for the .44 caliber Evans Short cartridge. The Evans Repeating Rifle Company manufactured an estimated 1,050 Transitional Model Sporting Rifles. The Transitional Models had the same frame shape and concealed hammer
as the Old Model rifles, but featured a thinner buttplate with no heel piece and a lower butt-piece which covered part of the magazine. The Evans Repeating Rifle Company made
a number of deluxe presentation rifles for promotional purposes; with this rifle apparently being one of those deluxe presentation rifles. The rifle has a 28 inch blued, full-octagon barrel with globe front sight and folding leaf rear sight. The forearm cap, receiver, hammer, lever, magazine, and buttplate have a nickel plated finish.

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