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30" Matted 1886 - Cody Show
August 1, 2020
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I thought I would share a few pictures of an interesting 1886 I stumbled upon at the Cody Show this year. 

S/N 105352 is a 30" Matted Octagon barrel rifle that was ordered with a double set trigger and a "fancy stock", (no checkering or pistol grip). The caliber is 40-82 WCF and it went through the warehouse in October of 1895. 

The matted barrel is the most scarce feature by far, but the 30" barrel, DST, and fancy 2X wood sure don't hurt the package. Enjoy!

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August 2, 2020
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That is SO cool!

August 2, 2020
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Beautiful piece

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August 2, 2020
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and your photographic skills are rather impressive!!!!!!!

August 2, 2020
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And all this time, I thought you collected nothing but "short" rifles !!

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Bert H. said
And all this time, I thought you collected nothing but "short" rifles !!  

Just in '94's ........ It was actually the matting that pulled me in on this one. The other extras seemed to make it a unique rifle so I couldn't resist. I've got a later 1894 shortie with the coarse "wavy" matting so this one makes a nice comparison piece with the finer "checkered" style of matting. 

I do have a 32" Hi Wall that goes against my short rifle genre as well. Gotta take the short rifle blinders off once in a while. 

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Nice gun.  Why didn't I get to see it?

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Chuck said
Nice gun.  Why didn't I get to see it?  

Because you are old & slow. As the old saying goes... "the early bird gets the worm"

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Chuck said
Nice gun.  Why didn't I get to see it?  

It laid on the sellers table for a couple days and then on mine for the last two. I should have pointed it out after I finally got to meet you. That kind of gun doesn't really jump out as being scarce until you pick it up. The 30" bbl and matting aren't that noticeable just walking by. I suppose the wood catches your eye first, then the discovery of other oddities present themselves.

Some folks really promote how scarce their guns are with note cards, signs, or verbal advertising. This particular individual quite often has something quite interesting and never really voices what he has. Its always fun to look a little closer to see what's hidden and hopefully find a gem you weren't expecting. 

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Folks,  Gary just plain "sees" things most of us don't!  Another that was particularly good at that was Scott.  Me?  I have to ask the grocery store where the bread is again!  Tim

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pdog72 said

It laid on the sellers table for a couple days and then on mine for the last two. I should have pointed it out after I finally got to meet you. That kind of gun doesn't really jump out as being scarce until you pick it up. The 30" bbl and matting aren't that noticeable just walking by. I suppose the wood catches your eye first, then the discovery of other oddities present themselves.

Some folks really promote how scarce their guns are with note cards, signs, or verbal advertising. This particular individual quite often has something quite interesting and never really voices what he has. Its always fun to look a little closer to see what's hidden and hopefully find a gem you weren't expecting.   

I was just teasing.  I wasn't looking for an 86.  Someday I want to trade mine up but I had just bought a marshal 1860 Army so I didn't have any money.  It was nice to meet you.  Just glancing at the 86's there seemed to be a lot of nice ones.  Some were in what I call the scary range.  Too nice to be real.  They may have been but I didn't look.  I need an antique 1897 and a Model 1917 US issued.

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Bert H. said

Chuck said
Nice gun.  Why didn't I get to see it?  

Because you are old & slow. As the old saying goes... "the early bird gets the worm"  

Well I'm not the oldest but could be one of the slowest.

August 3, 2020
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Beautiful is right.  Thanks for the pictures!

 

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August 3, 2020
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I heard you found a nice one.  Great looking gun.  Waiting on the video showing how well that set trigger works and billowing BP smoke.

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August 3, 2020
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That is a very nice 1886. Thank you for sharing it with us

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Gary - you are certainly correct about the scarcity of the matted barrel. A Summer 2007 Collector article notes research by John Madl found only 206 Model 1886's with a matted barrel (all calibers) - not enough for every 1886 collector to have one. 

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Gary - you are certainly correct about the scarcity of the matted barrel. A Summer 2007 Collector article notes research by John Madl found only 206 Model 1886's with a matted barrel (all calibers) - not enough for every 1886 collector to have one.   

Yes, I figured I better take a run at it when had the chance. Not too many of them floating around. 

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Beautiful and desirable rifle in so many respects.  I am sick with envy.  

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Gerald - another beautiful rifle.  And let me just state, I love matted barrels!  Thanks to both of you for sharing.  Nice photos by the way.

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