This has been brought up before but I don't think anyone really answered the question.
Brand New Marlin 1894CSS in .357 just arrived at my gun dealer. Wood quality and grain is very nice all around. Checkering is standard Marlin quality. Stainless steel and action looks and feels very nice.
Marlin JM Proof on left side where it should be. No REP or Remington markings on the gun, box, paperwork, or labeling anywhere.
Serial number 91xxxxxxx indicates built in 2009 and is located in TWO places - on left side of the receiver AND under the hammer in tiny laser and dots.
This gun looks and feels like any North Haven built rifle I have ever seen including my three rifles. It is near perfect all around - nothing like any of the Ilion built guns that I have seen.
TOMRAY or BOBBYTJR - can you advise who put that laser marking under the hammer?
Here is the rifle - it is on hold at the gun dealer: