Title: Marlin Model 1894C Lever Action Carbine in .357 Mag w/18 ½ in. BBL
Serial Number: 21191753
Year of Manufacture: 1979
Caliber: .38 Special and .357 Magnum
Action Type: Lever Action with Full Length Tubular Magazine
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “The Marlin Firearms Co. New Haven, Conn. U.S.A. / Model 1984--Carbine--Micro-Groove—Cal. .357 Magnum” and at the receiver with an ovalled “JM”. The upper tang is marked “21191753”.
Barrel Length: 18 ½”
Sights / Optics: This rifle is mounted with a “U” notch rear elevator sight and a brass bead front sight. Both are dovetailed in the barrel. The top of the receiver has a matte finish to reduce glare and is drilled, tapped and filled for scope mounts.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two piece dark walnut. The buttstock has a straight grip and a black plastic checkered buttplate marked “Marlin”, which has a white spacer. There is a sling swivel at the butt and on a magazine band in front of the forend. The butt has a hole for a “Marlin Bullseye”, but the Bullseye is missing. The buttstock shows minor handling marks with compression marks on the bottom side in front of the Bullseye hole. The forend shows light compression marks with a wear mark on the upper left edge. The LOP measures 13 1/2” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stocks rate in about Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: The barrel, magazine tube and the sides of the receiver are blued. The top and bottom of the receiver have a matte finish and the trigger is gold flashed.
Finish Originality: All Original.
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is Marlin micro-groove sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 90% of its metal finish. The barrel shows light handling marks and there is a small spot of pinprick surface erosion behind the rear sight. The front barrel/magazine band shows scratches on its right side and there are scratches on the bottom of the magazine tube. The magazine tube also shows very light pitting along its upper left side. The receiver shows light handling marks plus marks around the lower screw on the left side and wear marks along the upper edge of the port opening. Both of the barrel band screws are disfigured. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly and we were able to cycle .38 Special rounds through it without jams. We did not fire this rifle.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The rifle includes the mounted hammer extension which has a small nick on its front edge from the bottom of the bolt. It is in Excellent condition.
Our Assessment: The Marlin 1894 models are well known in Cowboy Action Shooting circles for their reliability and fast handling. The lever throw is shorter than any other stock pistol caliber lever action rifle and as smooth as they get. (Uberti Model 73’s with short stroke kits have a shorter throw, but this is an expensive alteration to a more expensive rifle). This rifle will feed .38’s and you shouldn’t have any problem getting 10 of them in the 18 ½” magazine. This very fast handling, good looking carbine is perfect for the beginning Cowboy Action shooter that doesn’t want to spend $1500 for a customized ’73.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This rifle can be transferred in California.
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