SOLD FOR: $2925
Serial Number: MR37109I
Year of Manufacture: August 2019 (Barrel Date Code)
Caliber: .44 Remington Magnum / .44 Special
Action Type: Lever Action Rifle with Tubular Magazine
Markings: The left shoulder of the barrel is marked “1894SBL” and “THE MARLIN FIREARMS CO. ILION, NEW YORK, U.S.A. / * * *MODEL 1894SBL – CAL. 44 REM. MAG. OR 44 SPL.* * *” and at the rear with a magnaflux and the barrel date code. The left side of the receiver is marked with the serial number. The top of the bolt is marked “44MS”. The right side of the barrel is marked “P” at the rear.
Barrel Length: 16.5”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is an XS blade with a vertical white line integral to a base that is screwed to the barrel. The rear sight is an XS ghost ring at the rear of the XS lever rail.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered gray/black laminate wood with a capped forearm, capped pistol grip, straight comb, sling stud in the belly and forearm cap, and a Decelerator buttpad. There are some scratches on the left side of the forearm at the front. There are some other scattered minor draglines throughout the wood. There are no chips or cracks. The checkering is crisp and sharp. The LOP measures 13 1/2” and 12 1/2” from the front of the trigger to the rear of the buttpad and wood, respectively. The pad shows hardly any wear and is soft. Overall, the stocks rate in about Fine-Plus condition.
Type of Finish: Stainless
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling sharp. There is no erosion. In this writer’s opinion, the bore rates 10/10.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 95% of its metal finish. There are some scattered little nicks and scratches on the barrel and magazine tube. There are some faint marks on the sides and bottom of the receiver. The screw heads range from sharp to lightly tool marked. The markings are crisp. Overall, this rifle is in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly and smoothly. The lever safety is present and functions properly. The receiver also contains a push safety that blocks the hammer from hitting the pin. 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: This rifle comes in its original serial matching box with a hammer spur and a manual.
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. This example is the quick-handling 1894SBL with a 16.5” barrel. This rifle retains about 95% of its finish and is in Fine condition. Please see our photos and good luck!