Classic Marlin 1894 Lever Guns Returning to U.S.!

Ruger's reviving this touchstone of American innovation, and demand is already fierce.

posted on June 27, 2023
Ruger Marlin 1895

The Marlin Model 1894's 130-year path features many twists, hairpin turns and bumps in the road, but that path is now doubling back home ... American gun cabinets. Ruger, which is now Marlin's parent company, has just announced that it's re-introducing this classic American standby. It's big news ... so big, in fact, that it comes with a caveat: The first tranche of rifles will be a limited quantity facing a tremendous demand. Ruger is cautioning consumers not to leave deposits with retailers that don't have confirmed shipments. 

The first model to be released will be chambered in .44 Rem Mag. Ruger has spared no expense in bringing this lever-action beauty back; it 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.

The Model 1894 Classic retains the traditional characteristics that made this a truly iconic 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.

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. 

“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.” For more information, visit



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