Rebirth Of A Icon: Ruger Reintroduces The Iconic Marlin 1894 Lever Action Rifle

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By Drew Bryant
July 6th 2023,

Get ready to celebrate the return of a legendary firearm as Ruger Firearms unveils the reintroduction of the Marlin 1894 lever action rifle chambered in .44 Magnum. This highly anticipated comeback brings back a beloved and iconic rifle that has captivated shooters for generations. Ruger’s decision to revive the Marlin 1894 in .44 Magnum showcases their commitment to preserving the heritage of the lever action while delivering modern innovation. With its rich history and powerful capabilities, the Marlin 1894 .44 Magnum is set to reignite the passion of enthusiasts and collectors alike.

Below, is the press release from Ruger on the reintroduction of the Marlin 1894 lever action rifle.

Press Release

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is proud to announce the reintroduction of the Marlin® Model 1894™ Classic chambered in .44 Rem Mag. The Model 1894 Classic retains the traditional characteristics that made this a truly iconic rifle.

“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 Magnum, the Model 1894 Classic sports a beautifully finished American black walnut straight stock and forend. The 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” cold hammer-forged barrel with standard six-groove rifling and a 1:20” twist rate. Also capable of shooting the lighter-recoiling .44 Special, the Model 1894 is equipped with a tubular magazine that will accept 10 rounds of .44 Magnum ammunition, or 11 rounds of .44 Special.

“Our focus continues to be on quality,” continued Killoy. “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 calibers 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 and advises consumers not to leave deposits with retailers that do not have confirmed shipments.

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