Marlin Firearms Co. Model 1895 Dark 1895D .45-70 Gov’t Lever Rifle MFD 2020

SOLD FOR: $2525

LSB#: 230517MC011

Make: Marlin Firearms Co.

Model: 1895 Dark

Serial Number: MR80411I

Year of Manufacture: February 2020 (Barrel Date Code)

Caliber: .45-70 Government

Action Type: Lever Action Rifle w/ Magazine Tube

Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “THE MARLIN FIREARMS CO. ILION, NEW YORK. U.S.A. / * * * * MODEL 1895D CAL. 45/70 GOVT. * * * *” and at the rear with a triangle and poorly stamped “LO”. The left side of the receiver is marked with a QR code and the serial number “MR80411I”.

Barrel Length: 16.25” Threaded

Sights / Optics: The front sight is an XS tall blade with a white line on the rear face that is integral to a raised base and screwed to the barrel. The rear sight is a ghost ring dovetailed to a base which is screwed at the rear of the installed XS Lever Rail which is an 11” picatinny-style rail that spans from about med-barrel to the rear end of the receiver (no scope is included).

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece black wood with black webbing finish that feature a capped enlarged forend, semi-pistol grip, fluted straight comb, sling stud in the belly and forearm cap, and a black rubber Decelerator buttpad. Two tiny dings are barely visible on the right side of the buttstock. There are no cracks in the stock. The LOP measures 13 1/2” and 12 1/2” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttpad and wood, respectively. The pad shows only light rub wear. The stocks rate in about Fine-Excellent overall condition.

Type of Finish: Parkerized

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore. In this writer’s opinion, the bore rates 10/10.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 98% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows some faint draglines throughout. There are some light handling marks on the receiver. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are crisp. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine-Excellent condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. A black canvas string lever wrap is installed. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.

Our Assessment: The original Model 1895 rifle ceased production in 1915, and was upgraded and brought back into production in 1972. The barrel is chambered in .45-70 Govt. and has Ballard rifling, which produces tighter groups with lead bullets than Marlin’s Micro-Groove rifling.

This is the Model 1895 Dark from Marlin Firearms Co. Rating in about Fine-Excellent condition with 98% finish remaining, it is evident that this rifle has not seen much use in the field, or it was extremely well cared for by its previous owner. It comes with an installed rail requiring only your optic of choice and it will be ready to hunt with. Please see our photos and good luck!


Marlin Firearms Co. Model 1895 Dark 1895D .45-70 Gov't Lever Rifle MFD 2020
Marlin Firearms Co. Model 1895 Dark 1895D .45-70 Gov’t Lever Rifle MFD 2020