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Old June 14, 2015, 11:04 AM   #1
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Marlin model 1893

I have a new project to work on and I have some questions

Perhaps some experts out there can help me:

I have a gun that was made in or around 1916, it has the model 1893 designation (as opposed to the later model 93) and a "C" prefix on the serial number.
In addition it has what appears to be an import stamp from Century Arms International (CAI STABLVT).

Did Marlin send any model 1893s to Europe during WWI? Do I have a potential WWI surplus lever action?
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Old June 14, 2015, 03:31 PM   #2
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You really need to ask this at the Marlin Owners site in the Collectors forum...

I have never heard of import marks on an 1893...Certainly none from Century...

As far as the C prefix, I believe that would put it closer to 1919-1920, but possibly before the war ended...

http://www.marlinowners.com/forum/marlin-collectors/
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Old September 13, 2017, 10:32 PM   #3
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quick update, I contacted Century, all they could tell me was that the gun was imported.

I am guessing that the gun came across the border from Canada, not Europe.
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Old September 14, 2017, 06:19 AM   #4
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Thanks for the update...

Interesting that you remembered starting this thread...
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Old September 14, 2017, 12:50 PM   #5
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For the 1893s, the A-D serial prefixes ran sequentially with serial numbers from 0001-9999.
So there's no good way to date them, other than just guessing based on where the serial number falls in that range, and guessing when that would fall between 1916 and 1921.
I would say yours was probably made in 1918 or 1919.


The import markings are interesting. Could be from anywhere.
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Wow, it took them a while to get back to you huh?
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