This is my J.C. Higgins .22LR (Marlin Model 81) purchased by my Father in 1956. He would take us to the dump to shoot rats until we ran out of shells. I started hunting squirrels with this rifle and can't begin to count how many I have gotten. At one time my mother, who loved squirrel and pheasant, asked me if I could shoot them a little closer to the head so I added a tip-off Weaver scope, then went to a 4X Tasco World Class 1-inch scope. It has an 8X Weaver on it now but it is too much power for me, so I am going to put the Tasco back on. In 58 years, this gun has easily shot 30,000 rounds and never had a failure. I did drop it one time and broke the butt plate, which I had to have replaced. You ask what is that finish it has? O.K., don't laugh: It’s 20W Quaker State motor oil. I used to rub it down after each use and sometimes when I was just admiring it.