SOLD FOR: $1076
Model: 1893 Takedown
Serial Number: 251741
Year of Manufacture: 1902, 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 FIRE-ARMS CO. NEW-HAVEN, CT. U.S.A. / PATENTED OCT. 11. 1887. APRIL 2. 1889. AUG. 1. 1893” and “30-30.” at the receiver. The left shoulder of the barrel next to the rear sight is marked “SPECIAL SMOKELESS STEEL”. The top of the receiver is marked “MARLIN SAFETY”. The upper tang is marked “MODEL / 1893”. The bottom of the receiver is marked with the serial number “251741”
Barrel Length: 26″ Octagonal
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a forward sloping blade slotted in a base that is dovetailed to the receiver. The rear sight is a buckhorn with a U-notch and an elevator piece that is dovetailed to the barrel. The upper tang is drilled, tapped and filled in two places for the installation of a tang sight.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece smooth walnut with a capped forearm, straight grip, straight comb, and a crescent steel buttplate. The wood shows scattered compressions, draglines, dings, and scratches throughout. These defects have darkened with age, as has the wood. There are no visible chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 1/8” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The buttplate shows faint pitting and has been polished bright. The stocks rate in about Good-Very Good overall condition
Type of Finish: Blue & Bright
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The bore is dark with erosion throughout. The rifling is well defined. There is an M.E. of 0.0.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 93% of its current metal finish. The mag tube shows some scattered light nicks and scratches and older erosion under the refinish. The receiver shows scattered faint older pitting and a few spots of fresher oxidation. The screw heads are slightly disfigured with serviceable slots. The markings are sharp. Overall, this gun rates in about Very Good-Fine condition as refinished.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. However, the take down mechanism is stiff and we could not take it down. 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: 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. This is a takedown rifle variation of the Model 1893. In 1895, Marlin began chambering its Model 1893 for smokeless powder cartridges, including .30-30 Winchester as seen here. This example has been refinished and was done so well. This would make for a nice collection piece. Please see our photos and good luck!