SOLD FOR: $1580.99
Make: Marlin Firearms Co.
Serial Number: 19169887
Year of Manufacture: 1981
Caliber: .357 Magnum
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, CONN., U.S.A. / MODEL 1894 – CARBINE-MICRO-GROOVE – CAL. .357 MAGNUM” and at the rear with a “JM” proof. The upper tang is marked with the serial number. The right side of the barrel is marked with a two-line warning address.
Barrel Length: 18 1/2”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a brass beaded blade that is dovetailed to the top of the barrel. The rear sight is a flip-up semi-buckhorn elevator sight with a U-notch that is dovetailed to the barrel. The top of the receiver is drilled, tapped, and filled in four places for mounting a scope (not included). The left side of the receiver is drilled, tapped, and filled for a side sight (not included).
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece smooth walnut with a capped forearm, straight grip, straight comb, checkered black hard rubber Marlin buttplate, and Marlin “bullseye” in the belly. The bullseye appears to have been reglued at some point. The bottom of the forearm has a blakc sticker applied to it. The forearm wood shows some light scuffs and draglines and the buttstock shows some nicks and finish loss on the right side of the buttstock. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 1/2″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate shows scattered marks along the edges and the checkering is generally sharp. Overall, the stocks rate in about Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is well defined. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 95% of its metal finish. There are some infrequently scattered light nicks and scratches throughout the metal surfaces. The lever shows a faint plum hue on the sides. The action shows light operational wear and there is oxidation in the serrations of the hammer. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly and smoothly. The lever safety is present and functions properly. 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 example has been well kept, retaining about 95% of its original metal finish. This is a nifty little rifle, and will make a very happy owner of the winning bidder! Please see our photos and good luck!