Marlin Firearms Co. Model 1893 Takedown 30-30 26″ Lever Action Rifle, C&R

SOLD FOR: $1140

LSB#: 210917MW38

Make: Marlin

Model: 1893 Takedown

Serial Number: 381840

Year of Manufacture: 1906-1912, C&R

Caliber: .30-30 Winchester

Action Type: Takedown 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. AUGUST 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 “381840”.

Barrel Length: 26″ Octagonal

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a rear sloping blade slotted in a base that is dovetailed to the receiver. The rear sight is a flat top U-notch with an elevator piece that is dovetailed to the barrel. The top of the receiver is drilled, tapped, and filled for the installation of a sight (not included). The upper tang is drilled, tapped, and filled in two places for the installation of a tang sight (not included).

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 evenly scattered compressions, draglines, dings, and scratches throughout. These imperfections have darkened with age. There are no visible chips or cracks. The LOP measures 11 7/8” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The buttplate shows a light patina and scraping at the heel and toe. The stocks rate in about Good-Very Good overall condition

Type of Finish: Blue & Case Colored

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is dim with erosion mainly in the grooves. The rifling is rounded yet well defined.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 55% of its current metal finish. The leading edges of the barrel show light thinning and there is scattered faint oxidation throughout. The receiver shows a mottled patina and has scattered erosion. The mag tube also shows a light patina throughout. There are scattered little nicks and scratches. The screw heads range from sharp to lightly tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this gun rates in about Good-Plus condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. However, the take down lever is stiff and will need to be lubricated. 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. This example was manufactured between 1906-1912. This would make for a nice collection piece. Please see our photos and good luck!

Marlin Firearms Co. Model 1893 Takedown 30-30 26" Lever Action Rifle, C&R
Marlin Firearms Co. Model 1893 Takedown 30-30 26″ Lever Action Rifle, C&R