Marlin Firearms Model 1894 Carbine .357 Magnum 18.5″ JM Lever Rifle, 1979

Sold For: $1,250.00

LSB#: 220611GS021

Make: Marlin

Model: 1894 Carbine

Serial Number: 21071929

Year of Manufacture: 1979

Caliber: .357 Magnum

Action Type: Lever Action with Full Length Tubular Magazine

Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “THE MARLIN FIREARMS CO. NORTH HAVEN, CONN., U.S.A. / MOD. 1894—CARBINE-MICRO-GROOVE—CAL. .357 MAGNUM” and at the rear with an ovalled “JM” proof mark. The top tang is marked “21071929”.

Barrel Length: 18.5”

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a brass beaded blade dovetailed to the front of the barrel. The rear sight is a folding “U”-notch leaf and elevator sight dovetailed to the rear of the barrel. The top of the receiver is drilled, tapped and filled to accept a scope mount (none included). The left side of the receiver has two drilled, tapped, and filled holes for a side mounted sight (not included).

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece smooth hardwood with a banded forend, straight grip, straight comb, checkered black plastic Marlin buttplate and Marlin “bullseye” in the belly. There is a notable dragline on the left side of the buttstock that appears to be a crack at first glance but is not. There is also a notable scuff on the right side of the forearm at the front. There are other generally dispersed small compressions, light scratches, and minor scrapes. There is light discoloration in the wood grain on the left side of the forearm. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 3/8″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has finish loss on the sides, light-moderate wear at the heel, and generally sharp checkering. Overall, the stocks are in Good-Very Good condition.

Type of Finish: Blued

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 80% of its metal finish. There is finish loss and light pitting on the left side of the receiver. There is also finish loss to erosion on the left side of the barrel and at the muzzle. There are two spots of finish loss on the top of the barrel as well. There is light thinning on the leading edges of the receiver. There are some infrequently dispersed light little nicks and scratches throughout the metal surfaces. The hammer shows operational wear. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in Very Good condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The hammer has a half-cock safety position, the rifle is equipped with a lever safety. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.

Our Assessment: The Marlin 1894 is one of the stronger lever-action designs ever produced, it has been in production, with very few changes, for over a century, now. The action is robust, dependable, and remarkably easy to disassemble and clean. As a field rifle, it is handy to pair this light and easy-to-use carbine with a similarly chambered revolver. Cowboy Action Shooters have embraced this design, as well. The .357 Magnum is regarded by many as an excellent hunting, metallic silhouette, and self-defense round. With proper loadings it can also be effective against large or dangerous game, such as bears and ungulates. This example has about 80% of its original metal finish. This is a nifty little rifle, and will make a very happy owner of the winning bidder! Please see our photos and good luck!

Marlin Firearms Model 1894 Carbine .357 Magnum 18.5" JM Lever Rifle, 1979
Marlin Firearms Model 1894 Carbine .357 Magnum 18.5″ JM Lever Rifle, 1979