Model: 1894 Carbine
Serial Number: 2109497
Year of Manufacture: 1979
Caliber: .357 Magnum
Action Type: Lever Action Side Ejecting with 9 Round Tubular Magazine. This rifle uses a half-cock notch on the hammer as a safety.
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “The Marlin Firearms Co. New Haven, Conn., U.S.A. / Model 1894—Carbine-Micro-Groove—Cal. .357 Magnum”. It also has a “JM” proofmark next to the receiver. The top tang is marked “21094947”. The aperture sight is marked “Lyman 66LA”.
Barrel Length: 18 ½”
Sights / Optics: The rifle is mounted with a full buckhorn rear sight with ladder dovetailed into the barrel. It also has a Lyman Model 66LA aperture sight mounted on the top of the receiver. This sight features ¼ minute audible click micrometer adjustments for elevation and windage via coin slotted (stay-set) knobs and a replaceable aperture disc. The gold bead front sight is dovetailed into the barrel.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are smooth varnished dark walnut with a nice grain. The straight grip buttstock has a black plastic buttpad with white spacer and a swivel stud, also with a white spacer. There are no marks on the stock nor on the forend. The plastic buttplate is checkered with Marlin outlined in an oval. The LOP measures 13 3/”. The stocks rate in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: All metal parts are blued steel except the trigger, which is gold plated, and the buttplate scews, which are brass. The top of the receiver is flat. The top and bottom of the receiver and the tang have a dull matte finish while the rest of the rifle has a polished finish. The hammer has sharp serrations.
Finish Originality: All Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the microgroove rifling is shallow. There is no erosion..
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 98% of its metal finish. The only marks are a small wear mark on the bottom of the lever, a small mar in the matte finish just behind the hammer on the top tang, slight wear on the top and left side of the bolt and a small mark on the front edge of the hammer. All of the screw heads are undamaged and show no marks. The markings are sharp and clear. The only sign that this rifle has ever been fired is a mark from the firing pin on the front face of the hammer. 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: The current Model 1894 is based on the Model 336 action scaled down for pistol-sized cartridges and parts are not interchangeable with the original Model of 1894. So far, over one million Model 1894 rifles have been sold. In the mid-1990s, Marlin changed the .357 and .44 barrels from 12-groove-or-more "Micro-Groove" rifling to 6-groove "Ballard" style rifling to better handle the lead bullets used by Cowboy Action shooters. Fortunately, this rifle was made in 1979, the first year the carbine was introduced, and has the tack driving micro-groove rifling. The rifle is not marked with the 1894C model designation, perhaps because it was one of the first produced. This rifle is in remarkable condition given its age, and would make a great addition to a collection or as a gift to a young shooter.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This rifle can be transferred in California.
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