Marlin 1894 Dark

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Marlin's Dark Series feature enlarged lever loops, as well as a paracord wrap and sling. Not only is the Model 1894 one of the safest lever-actions available, it is also one of the strongest. The massive locking block in the rifle has a lot of engagement surface inside the receiver and it handles high pressures well.

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Lever Action





Barrel Length

16.5 "



Marlin 1894 Dark Features

The 1894 features a 16 ½” barrel, top 11” Picatinny rail with a ghost ring rear sight and 18 slots for attaching optics or accessories. The loop is oversized for use while wearing gloves and features a paracord wrap.  The rifle features an offset hammer spur allowing easier use when optics are installed, along with half cock and cross-bolt safeties. A threaded barrel allows for the addition of suppressors or other muzzle attachments. 

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Marlin 1894 Dark Capacity

The underbarrel tube magazine has a capacity of 8 rounds in both the 357 magnum and 44 magnum versions. Loading the magazine is accomplished through a side loading gate on the receiver.  To empty the magazine, the action will have to be cycled until all rounds are ejected from the chamber and the magazine.
With a total length of 34.25” and a weight just under 7 lbs, the 1894 Dark offers good mobility whether defending the home or stalking game in the woods. Paired with a variable optic with a minimum magnification of 1x, this rifle can be one of your best options when out in the field.  Its short length and lack of sharp edges will keep you from getting tangled in dense brush and its light weight won’t cause undue fatigue.

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Marlin 1894 Dark Ergonomics

The style and handling are the same as a typical lever action, so those familiar with levers will find this rifle easy to use. The paracord wrapped lever offers some cushion for the back of the hand while cycling the action. The Ghost Ring rear aperture sight allows for fast target acquisition and the texturing on the furniture improve grip for the user.

Marlin 1894 Dark Fit & Finish

The Marlin 1894 performs smoothly and reliably. The painted wood furniture and parkerized metal surfaces offer a modern subdued look in a historic platform. The side loading gate allows the magazine to be topped off during pauses in shooting. The 1894 Dark brings the history of the “Old West” into the modern era.

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How much is a Marlin 1894 Dark worth?

In 2024 a new or used Marlin 1894 Dark value varies depending on supply and demand. In the last 12 months there is great demand for a Marlin 1894 Dark and most rifles. The Price for a Marlin 1894 Dark has increased in cost by $0.00 in 2024 compared to 2023.

Estimated New and Used Values for a Marlin 1894 Dark Values are based on a basic model with no options or colors.

Condition Trade-In Private Party Dealer
New In box $519.35 $679.15 $799.00
Excellent $479.40 $639.20 $719.10
Very Good $439.45 $639.20 $719.10
Good $399.50 $599.25 $679.15
Fair $279.65 $519.35 $639.20
Poor $199.75 $399.50 N/A

Gun Value Conditions explained:

New in box - 100% condition in unopened box. Excellent - 95%+ condition with or without box.

Very Good - 90% - 95% condition (all parts/finish should be original).

Good - 80-90% condition (all parts/finish should be original).

Fair - 30% - 80% condition, parts, and finish may or may not be original. Must function properly and shoot.

Poor - under 30% condition. Firearm has severe wear and tear, does not function, or is damaged.

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