SCARCE Antique J.M. MARLIN “38 Standard 1878” SPUR TRIGGER Pocket Revolver
Late-1870s Everyman Sidearm
Here we present an antique Inscribed Marlin .38 Standard 1878 Spur Trigger Pocket Revolver, made circa 1880 in New Haven, Connecticut with a production run from 1878 through 1887 with a total of 9,000 being manufactured. This 1878 model is different than its Marlin predecessors. It features a steel frame and flat bottom butt, with hard rubber monogram grips with “JMM” imprints on the tops. It is chambered for a .38 centerfire cartridge. The revolver bears much resemblance to Smith & Wesson’s pioneer top-hinge cartridge revolvers. During a time when many, if not most people carried a firearm, these affordable little revolvers were small enough to conceal and carry, yet provide some level of protection or peace of mind, even when the town did not allow firearms within its limits.
The overall condition is very fine. Original nickel plate and case colored finish. The action is excellent. The bore is shiny bright with sharp rifling. The “JMM” trademarked grips are in fine shape. The numbers match. A wonderfully preserved Marlin revolver!
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Barrel is 3-1/4 inches.
Caliber: .38 Centerfire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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