Sold For; $2,525
Model: 1894CBC, Cowboy Competition, First Year
Serial Number: 98204249
Year of Manufacture: 2002, First Year
Caliber: .38 Special
Action Type: Lever Action Rifle with Full-Length Tubular Magazine
Markings: The right side of the barrel is marked with Marlin’s two-line warning. The left side of the barrel is marked “1894 COWBOY COMPETITION” followed by “THE MARLIN FIREARMS CO. NORTH HAVEN, CT. U.S.A. / ***MODEL 1894CBC – 38 SPECIAL***” and is also marked with the “JM” proof. The left side of the receiver is marked with the serial number. The top of the receiver is marked “MARLIN SAFETY”.
Barrel Length: 20″, Octagonal
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated blade dovetailed to the barrel. The front sight previously had a bead but it has been cleanly removed by a previous owner. The rear sight is a “U” notched semi-buckhorn elevator sight dovetailed into the barrel. The notch can be reversed to present a “V” notch and has a white diamond aiming reference.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece smooth American walnut with a straight grip, straight comb, checkered black hard rubber Marlin buttplate, and Marlin “bullseye” in the belly. There are a few very light compressions and a few draglines. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures approximately 13 3/8″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has light wear and some discoloration. Overall, the stocks are in about Fine Plus-Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Blue with Case Hardened Receiver, Bolt, & Lever
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the Ballard rifling is sharp and deep. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 95% of its metal finish. The frame has thinning, most noticeable on the right at the right front. The barrel and tube very few light little scuffs and draglines. The lever has thinning from use. The front sight previously had a bead but it has been cleanly removed by a previous owner. There are a few other scattered light marks and operational wear. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in about Fine Plus-Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly and smoothly. There is a receiver-mounted cross-bolt safety. The lever safety is present and functions properly. We have not fired this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: For more than a century, Marlin’s 1894 has served as a popular pistol-caliber lever-action rifle. The design is still in production today and finds favor with both hunters and Cowboy Action Shooting competitors. This example is a Model 1894CBC Cowboy Competition made with a 20” octagonal barrel and chambered for .38 Special and a tube for 10 rounds. The rifle is in about Fine Plus-Excellent condition with most of its metal finish remaining and light wear in the stocks. This rifle comes factory tuned and upon picking it up and feeling how silky smooth and slick it is, I wouldn’t have guessed it was a factory action job. The bore is bright with sharp rifling and no erosion. With its smooth lever action, used with .38 Special cartridges it is perfect for Cowboy Action Shooting or informal target practice. Lever action rifles are some of the most fun and will never lose their charm, this one is in nice condition making it a great “used” option. Please see our photos and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This rifle CAN be transferred/sold in California.