Marlin Firearms Co. Model 1893 .38-55 Winchester Lever Rifle, 1894 Antique

SOLD FOR: $1028

LSB#: 220415BB003

Make: Marlin

Model: 1893

Serial Number: 105840

Year of Manufacture: 1894, Antique

Caliber: .38-55 Winchester

Action Type: Lever Action Rifle with Half-Length Tubular Magazine. The mag tube is not original to the gun.

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. AUGUST 1. 1893.” and “38-55” at the receiver. The top of the receiver is marked “MARLIN SAFETY”. The bottom of the receiver is marked with the serial number “105840”.

Barrel Length: 22.75? Half Octagonal, Half Round. The lack of a shelf between the octagonal and round portion of the barrel leads us to believe that this barrel was modified after leaving the factory.

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a silver blade slotted to a base that is dovetailed to the barrel. The rear sight is a buckhorn V-notch elevator sight that is dovetailed to the barrel. The upper tang has two drilled, tapped, and filled holes for mounting a tang sight (not included).

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece smooth walnut with a capped forearm, straight grip, straight comb, and a crescent steel buttplate. The wood has been refinished as is evident by areas of pooling. There are several scattered nicks, compressions, and draglines. There are two notable dark gashes on the forearm on the bottom and left side. There is notable pooling around the wrist. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 1/4” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The buttplate shows scattered light pitting. The stocks rate in about Very Good-Plus overall condition as Antique and refinished.

Type of Finish: Blue & Case Colored

Finish Originality: Original w/ Cold Blue Touch-Up on the barrel.

Bore Condition: The bore is somewhat bright with some scattered pitting in the grooves. The rifling shows some wear but is well defined and deep.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 10% of its current metal finish. There are some trace amounts of case color on the upper sides of the lever, though it shows a darker patina throughout. There are scattered nicks, dings, and scratches throughout. There is scattered pitting throughout, most notable on the receiver. Evidence of cold blue touch up is visible on the barrel The screw heads range from lightly tool marked to disfigured with serviceable slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this gun rates in about Good condition as Antique and touched up with cold blue.

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. It was produced from 1893 to 1936. This example was manufactured in 1894, making it rather early in production. This example has strong mechanics and would make a good refurbishment project. Please see our photos and good luck!

Marlin Firearms Co. Model 1893 .38-55 Winchester Lever Rifle, 1894 Antique
Marlin Firearms Co. Model 1893 .38-55 Winchester Lever Rifle, 1894 Antique