(Merchant O’Death:) Are you still interested in a Marlin lever gun?
(Me:) Yeah, but I want this one:
Found it online for $625 plus freight, but I’ve got some expenses to cover this month. Probably won’t be able to afford it for another couple of months.
(MO’D:) We have a bead blasted stainless version of that gun (or one very similar to it) that came in used today. Gray laminated stock. Rear peep sight.
(Me:) What kind of price? This one?
(MO’D:) Pretty much the same gun but the guy had it bead blasted resulting in a matte finish. I will have a look at the price tomorrow when I get to work.
(Me:) The big thing is the large-loop lever and the six-round magazine tube. With this one, I’d kinda like it black, but I can always get it cerakoted. But the stainless rifles are a lot pricier than the chromoly steel ones. Even used, I’d expect the stainless version to run close to $800. That’s a bit more than I’m willing to spend.
But let me know.
(MO’D:) I’ll text you with the details.
(Me:) You are an evil, evil man.
(MO’D:) Yes. Yes I am.
He texted me this morning. It wasn’t $800.
I traded a pistol to get it. I can pick it up August 13. I’ll be bringing it to the Rendezvous.