Hi all...I'm a noob so PLEASE go easy on my 'initiation'...
So my dad recently passed an left me this antique Marlin. It's a pretty cool gun but I know absolutely nothing about them. I see that the tang is screwed down with one recessed screw and two more that aren't recessed...? Was this most likely an attempt to reinforce the tang to the stock due to some common issue these Marlin's had, or is this odd/unknown?
It reads, "MARLIN FIRE-ARMS CO. NEW-HAVEN, CT. U.S.A.
PATENTED. OCT.11, 1887 APRIL 2, 1889 AUGUST 1, 1833.
on the top of the octagon barrel.
To the left of the rear sight on the first angle from top on the barrel it reads, "<>SPECIAL SMOKELESS STEEL<>
Then on the top again, all the way to the back of the barrel it reads, "30-30"
On top of the receiver it reads "MARLIN SAFETY"
Bottom of receiver, toward front - "167562"
On the tang "MODEL 1893"
Would love to hear what y'all think about common issues with these, value, usability etc.
the 2 that are not recessed are to mount a tang sight....like "Quigley Down Under"....nice rifle
Welcome to the Marlin Forums! You inherited one nice rifle! How is the bore?
Vietnam Vet.........June 66 to Dec 67........Retired Military and LE
Team 45-70 #789, Team Old Phart #109, Team 30-30 #869, Team 444 #609, Team Shotgun #54, Marlin League of Endangered Gun Owners #184, Team 1894 #373, Team Mauser #28, Team 35 Rem #596, Team Rossi #061, Team Bolt Action Rimfire #120
"We sleep safe in our beds only because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm."
Passed down 1893 30-30. Might be one definition of today's "holy grail" that's some serious heirloom stuff right there.
Welcome to Marlin Owners!
That's a beauty there, and to have it passed down from your Dad means a lot. By the way, by the serial no. 167562 that rifle was built in 1898, oh the stories it could tell.
They are well built rifles and I wouldn't hesitate to get it out to the range.
Wyoming Dinger Ringer Association, emeritus Billy Dixon
Team 35 #413
Team 30-30 #848
Team 45/70 #1019
Team 32 Special #84
Team 336-44 Magnum #1
"The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference - they deserve a place of honor with all that's good." - George Washington
A real treasure you can pass on. My kids have asked me to write up a history and family history of my guns. Your story motivates me to do the write up. Some inherited from my father and grandfather need a narrative to maintain the memory.
A great gift from your father, be sure to tell the story to the kids on the family history. Congratulations, take her out and warm the barrel. DP
TEAM 444 #187, Team 35 #7, Two Marlin 1894Cs, Remlin 1894C, 1894-44mag, 1952 Marlin 30-30, 1966 Texan 30-30. Glenfield 36G & two 30A's 30-30, 30-30 XLR, , five- 35rem. 1951 SC, 1952 SC, 1957, 1975 and 2008, 38-55 CB, M-375, 308 MX, 338MXLR, 444P, 444SS, , XS-7 22-250, XS-7 7mm-08 AI,
Welcome to the forum from South Carolina! That is a spectacular rifle! If you are not familiar with lever guns and it hasn't been fired in a long time, might not hurt to give it a good cleaning, check the bore, and the fit of the rifle in general. If you are concerned about anything bring it to a reputable local gunsmith to check it out. But chances are you can grab some 30-30 winchester rounds and go out and shoot it! Congrats on that rifle! Have you ever shot it before or did you see someone shoot it?
Team - 444 Club Member #535
Team - 450 Club Member # 128
Team - 1894 Club Member #298 CB Ltd 45LC, CB Ltd 44mag, 1894P, Talo 45LC, 1894 Ltd CB 357Mag
Team - 336 Club Member #474 Marlin 336CB 30-30, CB 38-55, 30-30 SRC
Team - 336-44 Club Member #16
Team - 45-70 Club Member #1056 - 1895CB, ABL, GBL, SBL
Marlin League - Member # 153
Team - 44-40 Club Member #32
Marlin 39D .22
Wheel Gun - Member #48
Team - 375 Club Member #92 Marlin custom Maruader
Welcome to the MO site from west Texas. You have a very nice rifle with a lot of potential, both for future use as well as it's past history within the family. Best of luck with it. Shenandoah
All our life we trade our time for money, hoping to make enough money to do what we dream of, before we run out of time.
Never remove a fence without learning why the fence was put up in the first place.
US Army (Ret)
Member HYPHEN-ATED GANG (Cal 32-40)
Team 30-30 - member 399
Team Old Pharts - member XXIV