Marlin has extended its line of popular centrefire leverguns with the new state-of-the-art rust-resistant Model 1895 SBL in hard- hitting .45-70 Govt. which boasts several valuable new features.
Marlin’s brand-new Model 1895 SBL (Stainless Black Laminated) is a real eyecatcher with all major parts crafted of stainless steel – barrel, receiver, magazine tube, loading gate, trigger guard plate, and enlarged lever loop. The weather- impervious black-grey laminated hardwood pistol-grip stock has a fluted comb, cut checkering and deluxe recoil pad. the nose cap and sling swivel studs are nickel-plated and the gun’s iron sights are blued. Over a decade ago, Marlin brought out the Model 336M which was the first American lever-action rifle made of stainless steel to resist corrosion and rust. Then in 2001 the Model 1895GS appeared with all its major parts made of stainless steel.
The new Marlin 1895 SBL then, is the latest incarnation of the company’s guide rifle concept and has a number of new features. Pre-eminent is an enlarged lever loop like the one on the Winchester John Wayne used in Stagecoach and Rio Bravo. This feature allows the user work the lever whilst wearing gloves in sub-zero temperatures such as those encountered in Alaska. It also has a 470mm barrel that is 19.50mm at the dished muzzle, with an underslung magazine tube that’s 10mm shorter and holds six .45-70 rounds. As issued, it weighs a hefty 3.5 kgs. In place of the usual barrel band attachment, the tubular magazine is pinned and dovetailed at the front and barrel and magazine are retained farther back by the forearm’s nosecap.