Marlin Firearms Co. Model 1894 .25-20 WCF Lever Action Rifle 1906 C&R

SOLD FOR: $800

WOA#: WY240315JV024

Make: Marlin

Model: 1894

Serial Number: 346413

Year of Manufacture: 1906

Caliber: .25-20M (WCF)

Action Type: Lever Action 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.” in front of the rear sight and “25-20 M” at the receiver. The underside of the receiver is marked “346413”. The upper tang is marked “Marlin / MODEL ‘94”.

Barrel Length: 24” Octagonal

Sights / Optics:  The front sight is a beaded blade dovetailed to the barrel with serrated face. (Not Original). The rear sight dovetail has been filled. The top tang is drilled, tapped and filled for a tang sight (not included). The top of the receiver is drilled, tapped, and filled.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two piece smooth walnut. The buttstock has a straight grip, straight comb, and a steel buttplate while the forend has a steel nose cap. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 3/4” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stocks rate in about Excellent overall condition as refinished,

Type of Finish: Blued

Finish Originality: Refinished

Bore Condition:  The bore is dark with scattered light erosion. The rifling is well defined.  In this writer’s opinion the bore rates 6/10 for C&R.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 99% of its refinish. There are some minor scratches on the barrel exterior but overall there is little to no wear post being refinished.  The screw heads are sharp with serviceable slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Excellent condition for C&R refinished.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The hammer has a half-cock safety. The trigger is light and crisp. We did not fire 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 1894 in .25-20 is a splendid example of late 19th-century American firearms craftsmanship. Introduced in 1894, this lever-action rifle quickly earned a reputation for its balance of power, precision, and user-friendly operation. Chambered in the versatile .25-20 Winchester cartridge, it was a preferred choice for small game hunting and target shooting.

The Model 1894 features Marlin’s characteristic solid-top receiver and side ejection, ensuring strength and durability while facilitating easy scope mounting. Its smooth lever-action mechanism allows for rapid cycling, making it a joy to shoot. The .25-20 cartridge, known for its mild recoil and reliable accuracy, paired perfectly with this rifle, offering excellent performance for various shooting activities.

The Marlin Model 1894 in .25-20 is not just a firearm; it’s a piece of history that reflects a bygone era of American innovation and rugged outdoor life. Its enduring design and reliable performance make it a treasured item for collectors and enthusiasts who appreciate the legacy of Marlin firearms.  Please see our photos and good luck on your bid! – L.S.

Marlin Firearms Co. Model 1894 .25-20 WCF Lever Action Rifle 1906 C&R
Marlin Firearms Co. Model 1894 .25-20 WCF Lever Action Rifle 1906 C&R