Stopped at a gunshop in Mt. Airy, MD yesterday and saw my 1st Remlin 1894 rifle . Actually it was a 1894ss in 44 mag. (I've had a 1894css on order with my regular gunshop since last Dec.). I took a close look at the rifle and am pleased to report that it cycled smoothly, it didn't appear to have any cross threaded screws, the sights appeared to be indexed at 12 o'clock like they should be, and wood to metal fit was ok. The dealer said he just got the gun yesterday from his distributor. Hopefully this is a sign of the quality of 1894 rifles to come. My only complaint was that the forend wood is definitely thicker than on real Marlin 1894's and the asking price was a healthy $725.00. That is over a hundred dollars more than I paid for an actual Marlin 1894css I bought two years ago. Maybe as more of these rifles begin to show up and pent-up demand is satisfied the price will drop some.