SOLD FOR: $1126.01
Serial Number: 97028519
Year of Manufacture: 2003
Caliber: 44 Rem. or 44 Spl.
Action Type: Lever Action Rifle with Full-Length Tubular Magazine
Markings: The left shoulder of the barrel is marked “THE MARLIN FIREARMS CO. NORTH HAVEN, CT, U.S.A. / * * * MODEL 1894PG-CAL. 44 REM. OR 44 SPL. * * *” and at the rear with a circled “JM” proof. The right shoulder of the barrel is marked with Marlin’s two-line warning. The upper tang is marked with the serial number. The top of the bolt is marked “44”.
Barrel Length: 20”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a hooded beaded blade on a serrated riser that is screwed to the top of the barrel. The rear sight is a flip-up semi-buckhorn U-notch sight that is dovetailed to the rear of the barrel. The top of the receiver is equipped with a Redfield scope that has a fixed 4x magnification, a duplex reticle, and a wide field of view. The scope shows a few minor scratches on the outside and the lenses are clear. The scope rates in about Fine condition overall.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered walnut with a capped forend, semi-pistol grip, fluted straight comb, firm brown rubber Marlin buttpad, sling swivel in the belly and bottom of the forearm cap, and Marlin “bullseye” in the belly. There are no notable imperfections, just a faint handling mark or two. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 1/2″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttpad. The pad shows some white discoloration on the face and the sides. Overall, the stocks rate in about Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright and the rifling is shallow yet well defined. There are some scattered pinpricks of erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 98% of its metal finish. There are some faint marks on the receiver and barrel, hardly worth noting though. The bolt and lever show faint operational wear. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in about Fine-Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly and smoothly. The lever safety is present and functions properly. The receiver also contains a push safety that blocks the hammer from hitting the pin. The hammer has a half cock safety position. 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: The installed Redfield rear sight.
Our Assessment: The Marlin 1894 is one of the stronger lever-action designs ever produced, it has been in production, with very few changes, for over a century, now. The action is robust, dependable, and remarkably easy to disassemble and clean. As a field rifle, it is handy to pair this light and easy to use carbine with a similarly chambered revolver. Cowboy Action Shooters have embraced this design, as well. This example is in Fine-Excellent overall condition and will make a very happy owner of the winning bidder! Please see our photos and good luck!