Marlin Firearms Model 444S .444 cal Lever Rifle, 1978

SOLD FOR: $906

WOA#: WY240211PM002

Make: Marlin

Model: 444S

Serial Number: 22109469

Year of Manufacture: 1978

Caliber: .444 Marlin

Action Type: Lever Action Rifle with Tube fed magazine.

Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “THE MARLIN FIREARMS CO. NORTH HAVEN, CT. U.S.A. MOD. 444S  MICRO GROOVE BARREL CAL. 444 MARLIN.”. The left side of the barrel also has a “JM” stamp proof. The right side of the barrel is marked “ WARNING BEFORE USING GUN READ OWNER’S FOR SAFE OPERATION”. The tang is marked with the serial number “22109469”.

Barrel Length: 20”

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a brass beaded blade that is dovetailed to the barrel. The rear sight is a flat-top U-notch elevator sight that is dovetailed to the barrel. The top of the receiver is drilled, tapped, with scope rings mounted.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece smooth wood with a capped forearm, semi-pistol grip, straight comb, and a rubber vented buttpad. The stock and fore end have scattered scuffs, scratches, and minor compression marks.  There are no chips or cracks on the fore end, stock or buttplate. The LOP measures 13.25” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The buttplate shows scattered light marks. The stocks rate in about Very Good overall condition.

Type of Finish: Blue

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no visible erosion in the bore. In this writer’s opinion the bore rates 9/10.

Overall Condition:  This rifle retains about 90% of its metal finish. There are some light surface scratches on the receiver, some wear marks on the lever, the loop of the lever has a small patch of surface rust, the barrel and magazine tube both have a few small patches of surface rust and a few small surface scratches. The markings are clear. The screw heads are sharp and the pins are unmarred. Overall this rifle rates in about Very Good condition.

Mechanics:  The action functions 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 Model 444S, manufactured in 1978, is a classic lever-action rifle chambered in .444 Marlin caliber. Known for its robust construction and powerful performance, this rifle has become a favorite among hunters and enthusiasts seeking a reliable firearm for hunting big game at close to medium ranges. The .444 Marlin cartridge offers hunters exceptional stopping power and terminal performance, making it suitable for taking down large and dangerous game such as bear and elk.

Featuring a lever-action design, the Marlin Model 444S provides shooters with quick and smooth cycling, allowing for rapid follow-up shots when needed. The rifle’s classic walnut stock and blued steel construction evoke a sense of traditional American craftsmanship, while its timeless styling and ergonomic design ensure a comfortable and intuitive shooting experience. Whether used for hunting in dense brush or open fields, the Marlin Model 444S is a dependable and versatile rifle that continues to be cherished by hunters and collectors alike.

As a product of the late 1970s, the Marlin Model 444S represents a golden era in firearms manufacturing, characterized by quality craftsmanship and attention to detail. With its rugged build and proven performance, this rifle has stood the test of time and remains a symbol of American ingenuity and innovation in the firearms industry. For collectors seeking a piece of American firearms history or hunters in search of a reliable rifle for big game hunting, the Marlin Model 444S .444 cal lever rifle is a timeless choice that continues to earn its place in the hearts of shooters and enthusiasts.Please see our photos and best of luck with your bidding!!!-C.J.

Marlin Firearms Model 444S .444 cal Lever Rifle, 1978
Marlin Firearms Model 444S .444 cal Lever Rifle, 1978