What’s old is new again with the reintroduction of the Marlin 1895 hitting the floor at this year’s NRA Annual Meeting in Houston last week. Despite its name, the age of the new 1895 is less long in the tooth, with just a few months of production under its belt so far.
Ruger purchased Marlin Firearms for $30 million when Remington Outdoors filed for bankruptcy, and the long-awaited return of the 1895 lever guns came a few months later. The new 1895 SBL has been shipping to distributors since 2021.
Complete with a ghost-ring rear aperture sight and a fiber-optic dot with a tritium front sight, this classic lever still hosts some modern tech to keep it on target. This big-loop lever has a 19-inch barrel, and it’s a handsome blend of old-meets-new tech. From our personal handling at the NRA showroom floor, the action was also smooth and fast.
The arrival of the 1895 has been well anticipated, and there was a steady flow of folks coming by to check out this revived firearm. We’ll have some more for you when we get range time with the Marlin 1895 this year. Regardless, it promises to be a fun summer shooter.