SOLD FOR: $1185
Serial Number: 222302
Year of Manufacture: 1901 C&R
Caliber: .30-30 Winchester
Action Type: Lever Action Rifle with Full-Length Tubular Magazine
Markings: The top of the barrel is marked “-Marlin Firearms Co. NEW-HAVEN, CT. U.S.A.- / -PAT’D OCT. 11. 1887. APRIL 2. 1889. AUG. 1. 1893- / SPECIAL SMOKELESS STEEL” and “30-30.” at the receiver. The top of the receiver is marked “MARLIN SAFETY” and the left of the barrel is marked “SPECIAL SMOKELESS STEEL”. The upper tang under the tang sight is marked “MODEL / 1893”. The bottom of the receiver is marked with the serial number “222302”
Barrel Length: 20″
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a base with a rotating blade wheel that can be rotated between three different blade sights. The base of the rotating wheel is slotted and pinned to the original sight base. The rear sight is a flip-up elevator sight with a V-notch glider. The elevator is marked “2-9” on the right side. The tang sight is a push-release flip-up aperture that is adjustable for elevation.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece smooth walnut with a straight grip, straight comb, carbine style steel buttplate and a banded forend. The stocks have some scattered compressions, draglines, tiny dings, and light scratches. There is a small chip at the bottom rear of the forearm. There is some play between the forearm and metal. The LOP measures 13 1/4” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The buttplate shows scuffing and light oxidation at the heel and toe. The stocks rate in about Very Good overall condition
Type of Finish: Blue & Case Color
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is semi-bright with faint erosion throughout. The rifling is deep. There is an M.E. of 1.0.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 75% of its metal finish. The case coloring on the receiver has faded considerably but is still visible in certain areas. There is a light, even layer of surface oxidation on the receiver. The barrel bands show oxidation and scratching. There is oxidation on the right side of the barrel and notable scratches on the left. The screw heads range from lightly tool marked to disfigured with usable slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this gun rates in about Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly, though it is a bit stiff. The hammer has a half-cock safety and the lever locks up solidly. 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: This is the first rifle Marlin designed for, then new, smokeless powder cartridges. Marlin christened the improved lever-action Model 1893, and offered it as a rifle or a saddle-ring carbine, both featuring case hardened receivers and sporting blued Ballard match-grade barrels. In 1895, Marlin began chambering its Model 1893 for smokeless powder cartridges, including .30-30 Winchester as seen here. Manufactured in 1901, this example is in Very Good condition given its 120 years of existence. Please see our photos and good luck!