1870s Antique J.M. MARLIN .22 S, L, LR RIMFIRE Ballard No. 2 SPORTING Rifle
Single Shot Falling Block w/Octagon Barrel
Here we present an antique J.M. Marlin Ballard No. 2 Sporting Rifle in .22 Caliber Rimfire made circa the late 1870s to early 1880s with a production run between 1876-1891 in New Haven, Connecticut. Early manufactured Marlin Ballard rifles almost never have the caliber stamped on the barrel, as is this example, while the post-1881 guns almost always have the caliber marked.
The Ballard design was utilized during the Civil War and retained a following after the conflict as it was simple and rugged. Though Winchester Model 1866s and 1873s were the latest and greatest in firepower, the Ballard was the firearm of many during this period characterized by conflict and westward expansion.
This rifle features a fully octagonal barrel with standard blade front sight and semi-buckhorn rear. This one also has a receiver mounted peep sight. The left side of the receiver is marked “J.M. MARLIN. NEW HAVEN CONN. U.S.A./PATENTED. FEBRUARY 9, 1875/ BALLARD’S PATENT.NOV.5.1861”.
The overall condition is near fine. Original finish and patina. The action is excellent. The bore is bright with great rifling. The walnut stock shows some wear and remains solid. A fantastic piece!
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Barrel is 26 inches.
Caliber: .22 S, L, LR Rimfire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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