SOLD FOR: $3999.99
Serial Number: 198246
Year of Manufacture: 1900
Caliber: .32-40 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 “32-40” 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 “198246”. The receiver has No. 3 engraving. The left side shows a dog chasing a deer. The right side shows a game scene. There are decorative borders and floral scrolls throughout. The front sight is marked “MARBLES” and “SHEARD”. The tang sight is marked with patent dates.
Barrel Length: 26? Octagonal
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a brass beaded blade that is dovetailed to the receiver. The rear sight has been removed and filled with a blank dovetail. The upper tang is equipped with a flip-up peep aperture that is adjustable for elevation.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece smooth walnut with a capped forearm, S-bottom pistol grip, straight comb, and a hard rubber Marlin buttplate. The stocks have a couple of light compression marks throughout. There is some hardly notable material loss at the top right front edge of the forearm. There are a few light draglines. There are no visible chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 1/4” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The buttplate shows moderate-heavy wear with well defined checkering and logo. The stocks rate in about Very Good-Plus overall condition
Type of Finish: Blue & Case Color
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright with light erosion in the grooves. The rifling is sharp.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 50% of its metal finish. The receiver and magazine tube shadow a light mottled patina. The case coloring has gone completely mute on the receiver and lever. There are patches of faint erosion throughout the bore. There is thinning on the leading edges. There are scattered little dings and scratches about the metal, mostly on the barrel though. The screw heads are slightly disfigured with serviceable slots. The markings are clear and the engraving is strong. Overall, this gun rates in about Good-Plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. 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. In 1895, Marlin began chambering its Model 1893 for smokeless powder cartridges, including .30-30 Winchester as seen here. This example features Marlin No. 3 pattern engraving showing game scenes on either side with beautiful floral scrolls and decorative borders. It was manufactured in the year 1900 and retains about 50% of its finish and the mechanics are sound. This would make for a nice collection piece. Please see our photos and good luck!