Sold For: $1,781.76
Model: 1894 Cowboy Limited Rifle
Serial Number: 91050392
Year of Manufacture: 2009 (http://www.gunvaluesboard.com/marlin-serial-numbers-dates-of-manufacture-1664.html)
Caliber: .357 Magnum & .38 Special
Action Type: Lever Action with Full Length Tubular Magazine
Markings: The left shoulder of the barrel is marked “1894 COWBOY LIMITED”, “THE MARLIN FIREARMS CO. NORTH HAVEN, CT. U.S.A. / MOD. 1894CB – CAL .357 MAG. oR 38 SPL.” and with a “JM” proof mark. Marlin’s two-line warning is marked on the right shoulder of the barrel. The left side of the receiver is marked with the serial number, which is found again on the end label of the factory box.
Barrel Length: 20” Tapered Octagonal
Sights / Optics: This rifle is mounted with a semi-buckhorn “U” notched rear elevator sight. The sight insert has a white diamond aiming point below the notch, and is reversible, with a “V” notch on the other end. The front sight is a brass bead dovetailed into the top of the barrel. The rear face of the base below the bead is vertical and serrated. The top of the receiver is drilled, tapped and screw-filled for the addition of a scope base (not included), top of the receiver has a matte finish to reduce glare.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two piece smooth walnut set with a thin lacquer finish. The forend has a small mark on the underside, of shallow depth. The butt stock has a strait wrist, sporting the Marlin eye on the belly. There are no notable marks on the butt stock, both items are free from cracks and major damages. The LOP measures 13 1/4” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate, which shows some odd olive drab green, we are unsure what caused this, there is no major wear present. The buttplate is in about Fine condition. The stocks rate in about Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: The rifle is blued with a matte black finish on the top and bottom surfaces of the receiver and the tangs.
Finish Originality: All Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the Ballard rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore .
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 98% of its metal finish. There is light operational wear on the hammer and lever, however there are no other wear or damage marks that catch the eye until very close inspection. This rifle looks to have seen minimal use with proper care in the interim. The screw heads are sharp and the markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The lever is smooth and closes solidly. The hammer has a half-cock safety position and there is a cross-bolt safety at the back of the receiver. The magazine tube holds 10 rounds. We did not fire this rifle.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Included is the rifle’s original factory box, which shows some punctures through the material, along with roughing on the edges and wrinkling on the sides, rating in Very Good condition. Also included is an NRA insert, clear plastic bag, sheet of anti rust paper and an unused Marlin lever lock, all in Excellent condition.
Our Assessment: This is a Marlin Model 1894 Cowboy Limited rifle made in 2009 and chambered in .357 Magnum or .38 Special. It has a 20” barrel and is blued with a black matte finish on the top and underside of the receiver and its tangs. The stocks are smooth walnut with a straight grip and black checkered plastic buttplate. The rifle is in about Excellent condition with about 98% of its original finish remaining. The action is tight and the bore is bright with sharp rifling. This will make a great rifle for Cowboy Action Shooting, for which it was specifically designed. It is good choice for a new shooter as the Marlin’s don’t cost as must as an 1873, so you won’t have to put out a whole bunch of money just as you are getting started. The rifle can’t be short stroked like an 1873 Uberti, but the lever stroke isn’t bad the way it is, and the action is smooth. This is perfect for those who want to shoot the same caliber as a handgun that is already owned, and don’t want to have to load two different calibers.