Very strong hammer springs.
Nice easy trigger release.
Very tight hinge.
Very minoe nicks in any wood or metal.
Center front ball sight.
Very slight dent about 3/4 up the r/h barrel, outside. Somebody bumped something.
Blueing (can be seen in photos) worn off around action and trigger guard, and going up the barrel.
Blueing is actually more like a "browning", a dark suntan.
No rust anywhere.
Inside of barrels are not "as-new", but not corroded out either.
You can see the butt plate and stampings (all are hidden under the lever-action removable forearm, serial # only on forearm = 22197 with 06 between ser# and screw).
Digits 5 stamped on underside of each barrel adjacent to forearm latch.
P stamped on underside of left-hand barrel (seen on left in photo as well).
Wood has been refinished.
Wood has "checked" outside of, and following along the path of the metal housing for the action. Not actually a crack in the stock, but some fatigue where the hand carving of the raised wood meets the long flow of rest of the stock.
First question: Is this the real deal?
Second question: 1877 paper hulls came out. Would this safely fire paper hulls?
Third question: Other than TOTW for brass shells, where does one look for shells?
Fourth question: Max load Classanr dares to put through this (payload and BP)?
Fifth question: When was it made?
Sixth question: Was $300 too much to pay?