New for 2024: Marlin 1895 Dark Lever Gun in .45-70

Tactical lever guns are all the rage this year, but Marlin's the innovator that started it all ... and the latest innovation is here!

posted on February 7, 2024

This year is definitely the Year of the Lever Gun, tactical and traditional, but there's one company that birthed the "black lever gun" trend: Marlin. Back in 2019, we were amused and intrigued by what was (at that time) a novelty ... and five years later, Marlin's still innovating while the others are catching up. This year, Marlin's introducing its Marlin 1895 Dark in .45-70, and we checked it out at the 2024 SHOT Show.

This new iteration of the 1895 Dark features a nylon-reinforced polymer stock, with M-Lok slots for optics and accessories, as well as QD cups to easily mount a sling. A cheek riser is included with the stock, for better eye alignment with a Picatinny rail-mounted optic. Feel like optics are too "2024" for you? A ghost ring rear sight and tritium front blade are included. At the stock's rear, a recoil pad helps sop up the force from heavy-thumping .45-70 rounds. MSRP $1,429;!


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