SOLD FOR: $1140
Model: 45 Camp Carbine
Serial Number: 09600925
Year of Manufacture: 1991
Caliber: .45 ACP
Action Type: Blowback Operated Detachable Magazine Semi-Automatic Carbine
Markings: The left side of the receiver is marked “09600925”.
Barrel Length: 16 ½” Aftermarket. We were unable to remove the stock to inspect the barrel for a manufacturer marking.
Sights / Optics: The front sight blade is missing leaving a serrated ramped riser that is screwed to the barrel. The base is slotted for a hood that is also not present. The rear sight has been removed and filled with a blank dovetail. There are two drilled, tapped, and filled holes toward the front of the receiver. The rear of the receiver is equipped with a fully adjustable Williams peep aperture sight.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The one piece stock is press smooth stained hardwood with a pistol grip, straight comb, sling stud front and rear, and a brown rubber Marlin butt pad. The receiver and barrel have been bedded in the stock. The left side of the stock is relieved for the peep sight. The wood shows some scattered scuff that have taken portions of the finish off with the most notable being on the right side. There are scattered light stains throughout the wood. There is a small chip in the wood at the rear of the receiver. There are scattered nicks and scratches on the left side of the buttstock. There are no cracks. The LOP measures 14” from the front of the trigger to the rear of the butt pad. The stocks rate in about Good overall condition as modified.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This carbine retains about 96% of its metal finish. There is some erosion at the rear of the barrel. There are a few sparse marks on the barrel. There is some faint thinning on the leading edges of the receiver and a light scuff on the top. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this gun rates in about Fair condition. (See mechanics)
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. There is a magazine disconnect safety. The safety is mounted in the forward portion of the trigger guard, similar to the M1 Garand. There is a bolt hold back (and release) on the side of the magazine well, just behind the magazine release button. The Marlin magazine is a copy of the Colt 1911 magazine and this gun should function properly with most 1911 magazines. We did not fire this carbine. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: One 10-round magazine is included.
Our Assessment: These are nifty little carbines and a good companion for anyone who already owns a single stack 1911 since they can take the same ammo and magazines. They take the same scope mounts as the Marlin 336 lever action 30-30, so mounts are easily available. The Camp Carbine lends itself particularly well to red dot sights if iron sights seem to be getting smaller and fuzzier. The same receiver top spacing allows for mounting of the Williams peep sight that is currently installed. The Camp Carbine was discontinued by Marlin in 1999 and a small cult has grown up around them. They can work well for home defense, especially for people who find the 1911 difficult to manipulate and shoot or desire a long gun but are worried about over-penetration. Please see our photos and good luck!