Marlin Firearms Model 1894 Carbine .357 Magnum 18.5″ JM Lever Rifle, 1978

SOLD FOR: $3100

LSB#: 230904DP003

Make: Marlin

Model: 1894 Carbine

Serial Number: 22168380

Year of Manufacture: 1978

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 “22168380”.

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 light handling wear on 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 some light discoloration near the heel and sharp checkering. Overall, the stocks are in Excellent 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. In this writer’s opinion, the bore rates 10/10.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 98% of its metal finish. There is a small pit on the left side of the receiver at the rear. There are a few faint lines on either side of the receiver. The hammer shows operational wear. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in Fine-Excellent 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 is in fantastic condition with about 98% of its original metal finish and a mirror bright bore. 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, 1978
Marlin Firearms Model 1894 Carbine .357 Magnum 18.5″ JM Lever Rifle, 1978