And Marlin decided to make a one off 1894 that would be available only this one year. I cannot believe I got the chance to own one, let alone in this condition. If anyone was watching, this was the one that was listed on Gunbroker for $900. It sat for 5 days with no bids and I began to get nervous someone would bid. I wanted to bid at the last minute but during lunch I thought of something I hadn't considered. Was it for sale locally by the seller? I called the gunshop it was for sale at and asked if it was pulled and put away or if it was on the floor. He checked and verified that it was for sale in the store as well. Crap... I asked if he would take his asking price over the phone and close the auction, I'd gladly pay it! He wasn't the owner and said he would have to call the owner and see if he would take it since it was on consignment. Apparently this rifle was part of an estate of a deceased collector and his wife had brought his collection in to sell. He told me he would call me back in 15 minutes. That turned into never calling me back and this was Saturday. They called me back to my surprise Monday and told me that they had spoken to the widow and she agreed to sell it to me! The rest is history... Whew am I one happy camper!
I hope I didn't under deliver and I hope you enjoyed it. Maybe it brought back some good memories, maybe my rifle isn't as rare as I thought and I've wasted your time. If so I apologize! But boy oh boy is it rare to me and I'm beside myself! Thanks for your time, hope the wait was worth it.