Model: Model 1893
Serial Number: 431366
Year of Manufacture: Pre-1935
Caliber: .32-40 Winchester
Action Type: Lever Action Rifle, Tubular Magazine
Markings: The barrel is marked “Marlin Fire-Arms Co., New-Haven, Ct. U.S.A. / Pat’d Oct. 11. 1887. April 2. 1889. Aug. 1. 1893” / “32-40”, and “Special Smokeless Steel”. The top of the receiver is marked “Marlin Safety”. The underside of the frame is marked “431366” and the upper tang is marked “Model / 1893”.
Barrel Length: 24″
Sights / Optics: This rifle is mounted with a dovetail set front beaded blade and a dovetail set rear leaf and elevator, semi-buckhorn sight with the elevator present.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are varnished wood. The condition of the wood is exceptional, with proud fit to the metal and very few marks or dings. We believe this to be the original wood condition. The wood has darkened a bit where it meets the metal. The LOP measures about 13 3/4″. The stocks rate in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue / Case Color
Finish Originality: Factory Original – Guaranteed
Bore Condition: The bore is mirror bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no pitting or erosion present.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 95% of its original metal finish. The balance of the finish shows only a few surface marks on the barrel and magazine tube, about 3″ back from the muzzle. These marks are extremely light. The frame shows the majority of its case colors, with thinning at the edges and where handling is frequently found. The colors are still vibrant, with just a hint of mottling. This is the best condition Marlin we have seen. The Screw heads are as close to unturned as could be expected on this rifle. The markings are crisp, even raised on the barrel – there is no question that the metal finish is original. Overall, this rifle rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this rifle.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: There is one of these in the NRA national firearms museum and this one is better. Courtesy of the NRA: “In 1881, the Marlin Firearms Company was incorporated, and production of Ballard rifles continued under the Marlin banner until they were eventually discontinued circa 1891 due to the rising popularity of repeating rifles. Marlin continued to expand his product line, introducing his Model 1881 lever-action tubular magazine repeating rifle in that year. Many key features had been patented by Andrew Burgess and others, but John Marlin incorporated these into a single functional firearm. This rifle was available in a variety of calibers ranging from .32-40 to .45-70 Government, a feature that would not be duplicated by competing Winchesters for several more years”. Further improvements led to the release of the Model 1893.
This is the takedown configuration Marlin 1893 in a condition that is difficult to explain. Rarely do rifles cross our tables retaining the amount of finish that this one retains. Case color is a notoriously fragile finish, and to find an 80-90 year old rifle with these bright colors is exceptional. We love this rifle and are certain a better one will not become available for quite some time.
Sold For: $4,251.00