SOLD FOR: $1200
Model: 45 Camp Carbine
Serial Number: 09602025
Year of Manufacture: 1991
Caliber: .45 ACP
Action Type: Blowback Operated Detachable Magazine Semi-Automatic Carbine
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “THE MARLIN FIREARMS CO. NORTH HAVEN, CT. U.S.A. / MODEL 45 – MICRO-GROOVE BARREL – CAL. 45 AUTO”. The left side of the receiver is marked “09602025”. The floorplate of the magazine is marked “MARLIN / CAL .45 AUTO”. The right side of the barrel is marked with a two line warning address.
Barrel Length: 16 ½”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a vent-hooded orange blade that is dovetailed to a serrated ramped riser that is screwed to the barrel. The rear sight is a flip-up U-notch leaf that is dovetailed to the rear of the barrel. The top of the receiver has two sets of drilled, tapped, and filled holes for mounting an optic (not included).
Stock Configuration & Condition: The one piece stock is smooth stained hardwood with a pistol grip, straight comb, sling swivel front and rear with a green canvas sling attached, and a brown rubber Marlin butt pad. The bottom of the forearm has a factory test sticker. There are scattered nicks, compressions, and scratches throughout the wood with the most notable along the left side of the stock. There are some stains on the left side of the buttstock. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 14” from the front of the trigger to the rear of the butt pad, which shows some light wear and discoloration. The stocks rate in about Very Good overall condition.
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 97% of its metal finish.There are some light marks along the top of the receiver, likely from a previously equipped mounting rail. There are a few freckles of oxidation on the barrel near the base of the rear sight. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this gun rates in about Fine-Plus 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 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!