Sold For: $1,125
Model: 1894C, 1894 Carbine
Serial Number: 20048886
Year of Manufacture: 1980
Caliber: .357 Magnum Only
Action Type: Lever Action Rifle with Full-Length Tubular Magazine
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “THE MARLIN FIREARMS CO. NORTH HAVEN, CONN., U.S.A. / MOD. 1894 – CARBINE – MICRO-GROOVE – CAL. .357 MAGNUM” and is also marked with the “JM” proof. The top tang is marked with the serial number.
Barrel Length: 18 1/2″, Round
Sights / Optics: The original front sight dovetail has been filled with a blank. The front sight is a blade with a red fiber-optic bead, dovetailed to a serrated, ramped base screwed to the front of the barrel. The rear of the barrel has a dovetail with a blank installed. The top of the receiver has four drilled and tapped holes, the rear pair has filled screws, the front has a Williams sight installed. The rear sight has a threaded aperture adjustable for windage in a dovetailed base which is itself mounted to a ramped base, allowing for elevation adjustment. The left of the receiver has a pair of drilled, tapped and filled holes for a receiver sight. The top tang is drilled tapped and filled for a tang sight.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece smooth wood with a straight grip, straight comb, checkered black hard rubber Marlin buttplate, and Marlin “bullseye” in the belly. There are some scattered nicks, scuffs and scratches, mostly in the forend. There is a small loss at the heel and another smaller loss at the top-rear corner on the right of the forend. There are no cracks. The finish of the forend and buttstock do not match. The LOP measures 13 3/8″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has light wear, mostly at the heel, with well defind checkering and lettering. Overall, the stocks are in about Very Good condition as partially refinished and/or replaced.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the micro-groove rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 95% of its metal finish. The finish is thinning at some edges. There are some scattered nicks, scuffs and scratches, most notable are tool marks around the front sight base on the base and the barrel. The action shows light operational wear. The screw heads range from sharp to tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in about Very Good-plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly and smoothly. 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 1894 carbine made with an 18 ½” round barrel and chambered for .357 magnum. This is one of the early 1980s models that has no push button safety or silly warning engraved on the barrel. The rifle is in about Very Good-Plus condition with most of its metal finish remaining and scattered light wear in the stocks. The bore is bright with sharp rifling and no erosion. With its smooth lever action, and .357 magnum chambering, this is great for informal target shooting or hunting at closer ranges where quick accurate follow up shots may be a necessity. Lever action rifles are some of the most fun and will never lose their charm, and this one is in nice condition. Please see our photos and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This rifle CAN be transferred/sold in California.