Original U.S. Marlin Model 1891 New Safety Repeating .22RF Rifle made in 1893 - Serial 89784

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. World-renowned sharpshooters Annie Oakley, a star of Buffalo Bill's Wild West, and Frank C. Miller, crack shot of the Irwin Bros. Cheyenne Frontier Days Wild West Show, often shot with Marlin rifles in their exhibitions.

"I gave as high as 15 exhibitions a day, shooting under all conditions, rain, wind, night, in parades in the streets," Miller said in a 1915 interview. "And late last fall, I used some of the guns on a hunting trip to Canada and Wyoming. From all this, you can see what opinion I have of Marlin guns."

This classic '91 example is in .22LR Rimfire, with a 24" octagonal barrel. The model 1891 was a refinement of the earlier "New Safety" Model 1889, which was he first solid-top receiver, lever action rifle with a side ejection that threw the fired cases, or live cartridges, to the right-hand side of the rifle as opposed to being thrown straight up and out of the gun. This particular model was made for the smaller .22 and .30 rimfire cartridges, anticipating later models.

The top of the barrel engraving is clear:

PAT'D NOV.19.1878 APRIL 2.1889. AUG.12.1890 MARCH 1.1892.

The top of the receiver is marked MARLIN SAFETY and the bottom receiver shows serial number 89784, indicating that this rifle was manufactured in 1893. The bore looks to be in excellent condition, and is shiny with clear lands and grooves. 

Overall, the gun looks near new. We are almost positive it has been restored, however the work is excellent, with no degradation of the markings on the barrel and receiver. The stocks are excellent, with a lovely walnut color, and a lot of flame in the butt stock, as shown.

Overall a very nice condition gun in fully functional order. A fine example of a classic western target or varmint gun, ready to display!


Year of Manufacture: 1893
Caliber: .22LR
Cartridge Type: Rimfire Cartridge
Barrel Length: 24 Inches
Overall Length: 40 1/2 Inches

Action type: Lever Action Repeater
Feed System: Round tube magazine

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