SOLD FOR: $1,050.00
Serial Number: MR16746G
Year of Manufacture: Modern
Caliber: .45-70 Government
Action Type: Lever Action with Full Length Tubular Magazine.
Markings: The markings visible on the left side of the barrel are “1895GBL” and “***MODEL 1895GBL – CAL. 45/70 GOVT.” with other marking obscured by the scope rail, some of Marlin’s warning is also visible on the right. The left of the receiver is marked with a QR square and the serial number. The right of the scope rail is marked with an XS Sights logo, “LEVER SCOUT” and a patent number. The front and rear sight bases each have an XS logo marked on them. The scope has a Gunsite logo on each side of the objective bell, the left of the turret housing has a Leupold “L” medallion and the bottom is marked “LEUPOLD VX-2 1.25-4X28 SCOUT / CS100992Y”. The shell-holder on the buttstock is marked “D. JOHNSTON / MAKER / ALASKA” in oval on the bottom-left-rear. The sling has a Galco logo near the front and the rear-inside is marked “SAFARI CHING SLING F819T / HAND MADE / -USA-” and “RS11B”.
Barrel Length: 18 1/2”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blad with a vertical white line on its rear face in a base screwed to the front of the barrel. The rear sight is a ghost ring dovetailed to a base screwed to the rear of the receiver. An 8″ picatinny rail is mounted to the front of the receiver and a mount in the rear dovetail on the barrel holding a Leupold Gunsite VX-2 Scout 1.25-4×28 scope with duplex reticle. The scope has a few scattered light marks on the body and clear glass, in about Fine condition.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered laminate wood with capped forend, capped pistol grip, straight comb, solid black basket-weave textured rubber Decelerator buttpad, sling studs front and rear and a shell-holder on the butt with 6 shell-loops. The stocks have only a few scattered light compressions and light handling marks. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 3/8” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttpad. The pad shows little to no wear, in about Excellent condition. The stocks rate in about Fine-Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp with no erosion. There is some light stubborn fouling in a few spots in the grooves.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 98% of its metal finish. The barrel has a scratch on the right approximately 2″ behind the front sight, otherwise there is only light operational wear and handling marks. The screw heads are sharp and the markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine-plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The lever is tight and the action is smooth. There is a lever safety, a half-cock safety position on the hammer and a cross-bolt safety at the back of the receiver. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This rifle comes with the installed scope as described. The Galco Scout Ching Sling has light-moderate wear with some cracking from age and use, in about Very Good condition. The lever is wrapped wtih para-cord. The shell holder has light wear, in about Very Good-Fine condition. A hammer-offset has been installed allowing the user to manipulate the hammer if a traditional eye-relief scope is installed.
Our Assessment: This is a “New Model” Marlin Model 1895GBL lever action rifle made with a 18 1/2” barrel and full length magazine tube. The original Model 1895 rifle ceased production in 1915, and was upgraded and brought back into production in 1972. The barrel is chambered in .45-70 Govt. and has Ballard-type rifling. The rifle is in about Fine-plus condition with about 98% of its original finish remaining. The bore is bright with sharp rifling and no erosion. This rifle has been set up loosely around the “scout rifle” concept from Jeff Cooper. The rifle has a long eye-relief low power variable scope, ching sling, storage on the gun for additional ammunitionand is capable of being single-fed through the ejection port if necessary. This is an interesting take on the scout rifle concept and is chambered for a cartridge which has seen a revival in recent years, able to achieve amazing performance with modern propellant and projectiles. Please see our photos and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This rifle can be transferred in California.