SOLD FOR: $855
Make: Marlin Firearms Co.
Model: 1894 Takedown
Serial Number: 180842
Year of Manufacture: 1899
Caliber: .32 WCF
Action Type: Takedown Lever Action Rifle with Tubular Magazine
Markings: The top of the barrel is marked “MARLIN FIRE-ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN, CT. U.S.A. / PATENTED OCT. 11. 1887. APRIL 2. 1889. AUGUST 1. 1893.” and “.32 W.” The top of the receiver is marked “MARLIN SAFETY”. The upper tang is marked “MODEL / 1894”. The serial number is found on the underside of the frame.
Barrel Length: 28”
Sights / Optics: The gun is mounted with a dovetail set front blade sight and a dovetail set leaf and elevator rear sight, with elevator present.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece smooth walnut with a capped forend, straight grip, and a steel crescent buttplate. There are several nicks, scratches, and compressions, however there are no chips or cracks. Some of the more notable of these can be viewed on the right and left side of the buttstock. The LOP measures 12.15” from the front of the trigger to the rear of the curved steel buttplate, which shows scattered erosion throughout. The stocks rate in about Very Good-Fine overall condition as Antique.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is somewhat bright and the rifling is slightly rounded yet sharp. There is scattered erosion throughout.
Overall Condition: This gun retains about 70% of its metal finish. There is some infrequently scattered pitting and pinprick erosion, primarily on the barrel. There are some nicks, dings, and scratches dispersed about the surfaces. The finish on the leading edges of the barrel has thinned. The nose cap shows a mottled patina appearance. The screw heads are serviceable though a bit worn. The markings are clear. Overall, this gun rates in about Very Good-Plus condition as Antique.
Mechanics: The action functions as correctly. We have not fired this rifle. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: The Marlin lever actions are often forgotten, especially next to the Winchesters, but they shouldn’t be. Marlin was there, building great quality and reliable rifles alongside Winchester and in the glory days of American Manufacturing. Both on the frontier, and even today, many prefer the Marlin to a Winchester. This gun is an important piece in firearms history, in American history and will be an important piece in your collection. This rifle is an early example from 1899 and has obviously been well cared for over its 124 years of existence. Please see specs below, our photos, and good luck on your bid!