Marlin 1895 Guide Gun
So far, Ruger’s acquisition of Marlin has proven beneficial, and the rifles they’re making may be the greatest Marlins ever. We got the opportunity to test and review the Model Marlin 1895 Guide Gun SBL during our 2022 Gun Test last year, and Marlin revealed late in 2022 that they were reintroducing the Model 1895 Guide Gun—the third rifle to be restored.
The 1895 Guide Gun is the first Ruger-made Marlin in blued-finish alloy steel (the SBL and Trapper are stainless), and it has an enlarged lever loop. This initial type of guide gun is chambered in.45/70 Gov’t. and has all of the features that Marlin owners have come to expect. Marlin 1895 Guide Gun includes a 6-round capacity, a side-gate loading mechanism, and long-lasting laminated wood furnishings.
Although the receiver is tapped for scope mounting, the weapon comes standard with a hooded brass bead front sight and a semi-buckhorn rear sight. Marlin 1895 Guide Gun muzzle is threaded 11/16-24 and comes with a tight-fitting thread guard, much like the rest of the new Marlins. A nickel-plated bolt ensures smooth cycling. The new Marlins we’ve tried are some of the cleanest and tightest-fitting Marlins we’ve tried, and we expect the Guide Gun to be the same.
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