Here's a scarce Marlin XX Standard Model 1873 Pocket Revolver. These little revolvers were made from 1873 to 1887 in New Haven Ct. Around 10,000 XX Standard 1873 pocket revolvers were manufactured by Marlin during the gun's 13 year production run. Of this total, and overwhelming majority (roughly 9,000) were produced with round, ribbed barrels and fluted cylinders. Marlin revolvers have multiple serial number series based on subtle changes in the designs, but in essence, the gun is largely based on Smith & Wesson's Model 1 "Tip-up" series of revolvers. However, unlike the relatively fragile action of the S&W offerings, Marlin's design featured a more traditional internal cylinder stop; instead of the delicate "external" stops used by Smith & Wesson. This design improvement made Marlin's tip-up pocket revolvers very strong and durable with an overwhelming majority of original examples surviving in perfect functioning condition.
This particular example is in excellent shape with a crisp action and is chambered in the popular .22 short.
This revolver remains in good condition with a large percentage of its original nickel plating present on the frame and cylinder, while barrel sports a smooth mottled patina with no major rust or pitting.
The cylinder locks up nicely and the hammer locks back nicely on full cock (these "tip-ups" didn't have a half cock.). The chambers are in great shape with minimal pitting.
The lock up between the barrel and the receiver is tight with no side-to-side play. The bore is good with some light scattered piting
The original hard rubber grips are in excellent condition. This revolver is in great shape and would make for an excellent addition to anyone's vest pocket.