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

SOLD FOR: $805

WOA#: WY240321BS163

Make: Marlin

Model: 1893

Serial Number: 347452

Year of Manufacture: 1893-1906

Caliber: .32-40

Action Type: Lever Action Rifle with Full-Length Tubular Magazine

Markings: The top of the receiver is marked “MARLIN SAFETY”.  The top of the barrel is marked “32-40” and “MARLIN FIRE-ARMS CO. NEW-HAVEN.CT, U.S.A. / PATENTED.OCT.11.1887.APRIL 2.1889. AUGUST 1 1893.”.  The left shoulder of the barrel is marked “=FOR BLACK POWDER=”.  The bottom of the receiver is marked “347452”.  The buttplate is marked “FAJER”.

Barrel Length: 26” Half Octagon Half Round

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a beaded blade dovetailed to the barrel.  The rear sight is a u-notch buckhorn sight with riser dovetailed to the barrel.  The top tang is with an adjustable peep sight.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece smooth walnut with a straight grip, straight comb, hard rubber buttplate and a banded forend.  There are some compression lines.  The LOP measures 14 1/8” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. There are no chips or cracks.  There are some nicks and scratches primarily on the buttstock. The stocks rate in about Fine overall condition as refinished.

Type of Finish: Blue

Finish Originality: Refinished

Bore Condition: The bore is gray with very faint erosion and well defined rifling. The muzzle has either been shaved or scrubbed. In this writer’s opinion the bore rates 8/10 for C&R.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 97% of its metal finish. This rifle has been completely reblued.  There are a few scattered minor pits visible scattered about the lever, receiver, and barrel.  There are scuffs on the left and right side of the barrel near the chamber. The screw heads range from lightly tool marked to disfigured with usable slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this gun rates in about Fine condition as refinished.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The hammer has a half-cock safety and the lever locks up solidly. 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 chambered in .32-40 is a classic lever-action rifle, highly regarded for its craftsmanship and historical significance. Introduced by the Marlin Firearms Company in the late 19th century, the Model 1893 quickly became popular among hunters and shooters for its reliability, accuracy, and solid build.

The .32-40 cartridge, originally designed for target shooting, also found favor among hunters for its effective performance on medium-sized game. The Marlin Model 1893 in this caliber features a robust design with a solid-top receiver and side ejection, which were innovative at the time. These features not only enhance the rifle’s strength and reliability but also facilitate easy mounting of a scope, a practice less common in the era of its production.

Aesthetically, the Model 1893 is a testament to Marlin’s attention to detail, often featuring high-quality blued steel and finely finished wood stocks. The lever-action mechanism is smooth and dependable, contributing to the rifle’s enduring popularity. Collectors and enthusiasts appreciate the Model 1893 not only for its performance but also for its historical value, representing a significant period in the development of American firearms.

Overall, the Marlin Model 1893 .32-40 stands out as a remarkable firearm, blending historical significance with practical shooting performance. Its enduring design and reliability continue to make it a prized possession among collectors and a functional piece for those who appreciate classic lever-action rifles.  Please see our photos and good luck on your bid! – L.S.

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