Marlin Firearms Co. Model 1893 .32-40 Winchester 26” Lever Rifle, 1906 C&R

SOLD FOR: $1,025

WOA#: WY240307RA005

Make: Marlin

Model: 1893

Serial Number: 332371

Year of Manufacture: 1906

Caliber: .32-40 Winchester

Action Type: Lever Action Rifle with Full-Length 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. AUG. 1. 1893” and “32-40” at the receiver. The left shoulder of the barrel is marked “SPECIAL SMOKELESS POWDER”. The top of the receiver is marked “MARLIN SAFETY”. The bottom of the receiver is marked with the serial number “332371”.

Barrel Length: 26” Octagonal

Sights / Optics:  The front sight is a silver blade slotted to a base that is dovetailed to the barrel.  The rear sight is a u-notch semi-buckhorn elevator with riser.  The upper tang has two drilled, tapped, and filled holes for mounting a tang sight (not included). The top of the receiver has two drilled, tapped, and filled holes.

Stock Configuration & Condition:  The stocks are two-piece smooth walnut with a capped forearm, straight grip, straight comb, and a crescent steel buttplate. There are compressions, scratches, nicks, and scuffs throughout. The LOP measures 13 1/4” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. There are no chips or cracks.  The stocks rate in about Very Good condition.

Type of Finish: Blue & Case Colored

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp.  There is no erosion in the bore.  There is minor corrosion at the muzzle. In this writer’s opinion the bore rates 9/10 for C&R.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 30% of its current metal finish. The balance of the finish on the receiver is a light, even patina with some trace amounts of case color in protected areas and light erosion on the sides. The lever shows a darker patina throughout. The leading edges of the barrel have thinned. There are some scattered nicks, dings, and scratches throughout. The screw heads range from lightly tool marked to disfigured with serviceable slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this gun rates in about Good Very Good condition as C&R.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The hammer has a half-cock safety position. We have not fired this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.

Our Assessment: The Marlin Model 1893 in .32-40 is a classic lever-action rifle that embodies the craftsmanship and ingenuity of late 19th-century American firearms design. Introduced in 1893, this rifle was designed to accommodate the powerful .32-40 Winchester cartridge, making it a favorite among hunters and marksmen of its time. The Model 1893 features a robust and reliable lever-action mechanism, a hallmark of Marlin’s engineering prowess, ensuring smooth operation and rapid fire capability.

This rifle is not only a functional tool but also a piece of history. Its design reflects the era’s transition from black powder to smokeless powder cartridges, marking a significant evolution in firearm technology. The octagonal barrel, often found on these models, adds a touch of elegance and balance, enhancing both its aesthetic appeal and accuracy. The .32-40 cartridge, known for its moderate recoil and excellent accuracy, made the Model 1893 an ideal choice for deer hunting and target shooting. Owning a Marlin Model 1893 in .32-40 is like holding a piece of the American frontier, a testament to the rugged spirit and innovative spirit of its time. Please see our photos and good luck! – L.S.

Marlin Firearms Co. Model 1893 .32-40 Winchester 26” Lever Rifle, 1906 C&R
Marlin Firearms Co. Model 1893 .32-40 Winchester 26” Lever Rifle, 1906 C&R