SOLD FOR: $2875
Make: Marlin Firearms Co.
Model: 1895 Dark
Serial Number: MR80089I
Year of Manufacture: January 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 “BO”. The left side of the receiver is marked with a QR code and the serial number “MR80089I”.
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. Installed to the rail via one-piece Cabella’s rail with integral rings is a Cabella’s Covenant AR scope with 1-8x magnification and an illuminated, glass-etched BDC reticle with 300- to 600-yard holdover points. The scope shows little in the way of notable wear and the glass is clean and clear. The scope rates in about Fine-Excellent overall condition.
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 with an attached paracord sling, and a black rubber Decelerator buttpad. There are some faint streaks of finish wear on the right side of the buttstock and on the comb. There are some other faint handling marks. There are no chips or 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-Plus overall condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion but there are streaks of thick stubborn fouling. In this writer’s opinion, the bore rates 8.5/10.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 94% of its metal finish. There is a notable little cluster of dings on the left side of the barrel below the front sight and a small white scuff on the right side of the mag tube in the same area. There are some light scratches and nicks on the right side of the receiver and the loading gate shows finish loss. There is an area of faint discoloration on the left side of the receiver. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are crisp. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. A black canvas paracord 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: The previously mentioned sling and scope are included as well as a round-holder stock sleeve.
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. manufactured in 2020 rating in about Fine condition with 94% finish remaining. The rifle features a sleek, all-black appearance with a threaded 16.25” barrel, providing maximum handling and maneuverability. It comes equipped with an XS picatinny rail that is mounted with a Cabela’s Covenant AR scope. This rifle is undoubtedly a beauty and will serve its new owner well for decades to come. Please see our photos and good luck!