Model: Model 45 Camp Carbine
Serial Number: 09601217
Year of Manufacture: 1991
Caliber: .45 ACP
Action Type: Blowback Operated Detachable Magazine Semi-Automatic Carbine
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “THE MARLIN FIREARMS CO. NORTH HAVEN, CT. U.S.A. / MODEL 45 – MICRO-GROOVE BARREL – CAL. 45 AUTO” and the right side of the barrel has the “Warning”. The left side of the receiver is marked “09601217”.
Barrel Length: 16 ½”
Sights / Optics: The carbine is mounted with an orange plastic front sight blade set in serrated ramp’s dovetail. There is a folding semi-buckhorn rear sight with elevator.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The one piece stock is smooth stained hardwood with a red rubber Marlin butt pad and sling swivel mounts. There are light handling marks, no chips, cracks or scratches. The LOP measures 14” from the front of the trigger to the rear of the butt pad. The stocks rate in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: All Original
Bore Condition: The bore is dark and there is the typical Marlin Micro-Groove in good condition. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This carbine retains about 97% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows a few very small spots of surface erosion and marks where scope mount bases had been on top of the receiver. The filler screws for the receiver top scope mounts are not provided. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this gun rates in about Fine Plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. There is a magazine disconnect safety. The spacing for the scope mounts are the same as a Marlin Model 336. The safety is mounted in the forward portion of the trigger guard, similar to the M1 Garand. There is a bolt hold back (and release) on the side of the magazine well, just behind the magazine release button. The Marlin magazine is a copy of the Colt 1911 magazine and this gun should function properly with most 1911 magazines. We did not fire this carbine.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: One Marlin CAL. 45 AUTO magazine is provided in Fine condition.
Our Assessment: These are nifty little carbines and a good companion for anyone who already owns a single stack 1911 since they can take the same ammo and magazines. They take the same scope mounts as the Marlin 336 lever action 30-30, so mounts are easily available. The Camp Carbine lends itself particularly well to red dot sights if iron sights seem to be getting smaller and fuzzier. The same receiver top spacing lets you mount some of the Williams peep or fiber optic sights (but you may have to install a higher front sight in the front dovetail.) Replacement springs are available from Wolff and the only other part likely to wear out is a buffer for the bolt, and they too, are now available. The Camp Carbine was discontinued by Marlin in 1999 and a small cult has grown up around them. They can work well for home defense, especially for people who find the 1911 difficult to manipulate and shoot or desire a long gun but are worried about over penetration.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This carbine can be transferred in California.
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