NRA Gun of the Week: Marlin Firearms 1894 CSBL Rifle

posted on May 18, 2019
Lever-action rifle enthusiasts seeking an example built for the modern era, yet rugged enough to sustain hard field use, need look no further than the Marlin Firearms Model 1894 CSBL chambered for .44 Mag. and .357 Mag. Weighing in at 6.5 lbs. with an overall length of 35”, the 1894 CSBL proves a handy and capable pistol-caliber carbine, whether for trekking the back country providing camp meals or punching targets all day at the range. The rifle's polished stainless steel receiver combined with wood-laminate furniture contributes to its rugged nature, and the use of a big-loop lever makes fast-action shooting enjoyable. Ushering the rifle into the modern era is the addition of the included XS Sights Lever Rail mounted atop the receiver. To learn more, check out this week’s NRA Gun of the Week video hosted by American Rifleman's David Herman.

Model: 1894 CSBL
Manufacturer: Marlin Firearms
Action Type: lever-action center-fire rifle
Chambering: .357 Mag.
Receiver: stainless steel
Barrel: 16.5”, stainless steel
Stock: wood laminate
Magazine: six-round tubular
Sights: adjustable ghost ring rear, post front; XS Sights Lever Rail
Trigger: 5-lb., 4-oz. pull
Weight: 6 lbs., 9 ozs.
MSRP: $1,215

Additional Reading:
Tested: Marlin 336 Dark Lever-Action Rifle
Lever-Actions for Personal Defense
The Lever-Action Rifle: An American Classic
Video—ARTV: Marlin Firearms Today


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