Ruger Reintroduces the Marlin 1894 Lever-Action Rifle

Chambered in .44 Mag. Need we say more?

posted on July 3, 2023
Marlin 1894

Sturm, Ruger & Company has reintroduced the Marlin Model 1894 Classic chambered in .44 Mag. The Model 1894 Classic retains all the traditional characteristics that made the rifle truly iconic and beloved by enthusiasts.

“We’re very excited to introduce our first Ruger-made Marlin Model 1894,” said Ruger President and CEO Chris Killoy. “We have spent many months working to make this rifle the best it can be.”

Chambered in .44 Mag., the Model 1894 Classic wears a beautifully finished American black walnut straight stock and matching fore-end. Its clean and crisp checkering accentuates both the aesthetics and utility of this carefully crafted rifle.

Richly blued, and featuring a square finger lever, this alloy steel rifle is equipped with a 20-inch cold hammer-forged barrel with standard six-groove rifling at a twist rate of 1:20 inches. The firearm is also capable of shooting lighter-recoiling .44 Spl. ammunition. The Model 1894 is equipped with a tubular magazine capable of holding ten .44 Mag. cartridges. Capacity increases to 11 rounds with .44 Spl.

“Our focus continues to be on quality,” Killoy said. “We remain committed to making firearms worthy of John Marlin’s legacy. The fit and finish of this rifle is reminiscent of what was produced by Marlin craftsmen in New Haven, CT, many decades ago.”

The Ruger-made 1894 Classic is marked “Mayodan, NC,” bears a “RM” or Ruger-made serial number prefix and features the red and white “bullseye” in the stock. Additional models in different chamberings and configurations will be released throughout the coming year.

Due to the anticipated strong demand and the limited quantity of Ruger-made Marlin lever-action rifles, Ruger encourages retailers to contact their distributors for availability. In addition, the company advises consumers not to leave deposits with retailers that do not have confirmed shipments.


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