SOLD FOR: $1221
Serial Number: 97022607
Year of Manufacture: 2003
Caliber: .44 Rem. Mag. / .44 Spl.
Action Type: Lever Action Rifle with Tubular Magazine
Markings: The left shoulder of the barrel is marked “THE MARLIN FIREARMS CO. NORTH HAVEN CT. U.S.A. / * * MODEL 1894 CAL. 44 REM. MAG. OR 44 SPL. * *” and at the rear with a “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 1/4”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a hooded beaded blade dovetailed to a serrated ramped riser and screwed to the barrel. The rear sight is an elevator sight from which the elevator piece and sight leaf are missing. The top of the receiver is drilled, tapped, and filled in four places.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece smooth wood with a capped forearm, straight grip, straight comb, sling stud in the belly and forearm cap, and a checkered black Marlin buttplate. The wood shows a light mark here and there but there are no major imperfections. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 3/8” from the front of the trigger to the rear of the buttplate, which shows faint wear at the heel. Overall, the stocks rate in about Fine-Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 96% of its metal finish. There is some light surface oxidation on the bottom and top of the receiver. The barrel and mag tube show a few faint marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are crisp. Overall, this rifle is in about Fine-Plus 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: None.
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 rifle retains about 96% of its finish and is in Fine-Plus condition. Please see our photos and good luck!