Marlin Firearms Co. 1895GBL 1895-GBL 45-70 Gov’t 18.5″ Lever Rifle MFD 2014
SOLD FOR: $1550
Model: 1895GBL (Guide Big Loop)
Serial Number: MR23095E
Year of Manufacture: 2014 (Date On Box)
Caliber: 45/70 Govt.
Action Type: Lever Action Rifle with Tubular Magazine & Big Loop (BL) Lever
Markings: The left shoulder of the barrel is marked “1895GBL”, “THE MARLIN FIREARMS CO. ILION, NEW YORK, U.S.A. / * * * MODEL 1895GBL – CAL. 45/70 GOVT. * * *”, and “PI” at the rear. The right shoulder of the barrel is marked with Marlin’s two-line warning and “REP” in an oval at the rear. The left side of the receiver is marked with QR code and the serial number. The buttpad is marked “DECELERATOR”.
Barrel Length: 18 1/2”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a brass beaded blade that is dovetailed to a serrated riser which is screwed to the barrel. The bead is slightly bent at the front. The base is slotted for a hood that is not present. The rear sight is a semi-buckhorn elevator sight with a U-notch leaf that is dovetailed to the barrel. The top of the receiver is drilled, tapped, and filled in four places for mounting an optic (not included).
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered laminate wood with a capped forearm, capped pistol grip, straight comb, and a weave textured Decelerator butt pad. The wood shows no major imperfections, just a few infrequent light marks. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 3/8″ and 12 1/4” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttpad and wood, respectively. The pad has some faint edge wear. Overall, the stocks are in about Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is some light fouling but no erosion.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 97% of its metal finish. There are some sparse faint scratches on the barrel and receiver, notably next to the front sight. There is light thinning on the hammer and some oxidation in the serrations. The action shows light 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 trigger is crisp. The receiver contains a push safety that blocks the hammer from hitting the pin. The lever safety is present and functional. 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: This rifle comes in its original serial matching box with a hammer spur, safety lock,
Our Assessment: This Marlin 1895GBL (Guide Big Loop) is in beautiful condition with about 97% of its original finish remaining. This is chambered in the classic 45-70 Govt. caliber. As is usual with military ammunition, the .45-70 was an immediate hit among sportsmen, and the .45-70 has survived to the present day. Today, the traditional 405-grain (26.2 g) load is considered adequate for any North American big game within its range limitations, including the great bears, and it does not destroy edible meat on smaller animals such as deer due to the bullet’s low velocity. It is very good for big-game hunting in brush or heavy timber where the range is usually short. The .45-70, when loaded with the proper bullets at appropriate velocities, has been used to hunt the African “big-five.” The .45-70 has been loaded and used to hunt everything from birds to elephants and the cartridge is still undergoing new development work. The winning bidder would be privileged to bring this one home. Please see our photos and good luck!