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Marlin Model 1893 32/40 obsolete calibre Lever Action .32 Rifles

Marlin Model 1893 32/40 obsolete calibre Lever Action .32 Rifles

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Pembroke Dock, WalesUpdated 1 week ago
SubcategoryLever Action
Sale typeTrade
ModelModel 1893 32/40 obsolete calibre
Manufactured YearCirca 1890
MechanismLever Action

This is a decent looking Marlin model 1893 chambered in obsolete 32/40 calibre manufactured pre-1900. This carbine has a 26” round barrel and a walnut stock. There is evidence of original finish as can be seen and the rifle is mechanically sound with the original sights extant. There is a small crack on the wrist that is not going anywhere but I will mention it. The Marlin model 1893's were renowned for a weakness on the wrist, usually repaired in antiquity if the damage required it.

Towards the end of the 19th century, Marlin was increasing its stance as a main competitor to Winchester. Not only was Marlin first with a lever gun that could chamber the popular .45-70 Gov’t cartridge (the Model 1881), but the Model 1889 introduced Marlin’s side-ejecting, solid-topped receiver. The latter was stamped “Marlin Safety,” implying it was safer than Winchester’s open, top-ejecting system.

These features were the result of a collaboration between John Mahon Marlin and Lewis Lobdell Hepburn, a noted firearms designer who had been on the winning Creedmoor rifle team in 1874. Hepburn joined Marlin in 1886 and, realising the firearms world was entering the era of smokeless powder, decided to update the 1889 by lengthening its action, strengthening the bolt and devising a two-piece firing-pin safety—a feature still in use by Marlin today.

Marlin christened the improved lever-action the Model 1893, and offered it as a rifle or a saddle-ring carbine, both featuring casehardened receivers and sporting blued Ballard match-grade barrels. Initial chamberings were for the .32-40 and .38-55 black powder cartridges Marlin had developed for the Ballard. In 1895, Marlin began chambering its Model 1893 for smokeless powder cartridges, including .30-30 Win. and later the .32 Win. Spl. (Which Marlin called the .32 High Power Special) and a proprietary .25-36 Marlin.

This was a successful design and was manufactured until 1925 but in smaller numbers than Winchester.

An opportunity to purchase an iconic historical range rifle in a calibre that can be owned in the UK as a collectible item without the necessity of obtaining a Firearms Certificate. An interesting rifle that is a little different from the much more prolific Winchester 1894.

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