[NRA 2019] Lever Action! Marlin Dark 336 & 1895

by Pete

Honestly, as a suppressor nerd, I haven’t been this excited about a production lever action rifle in, well, forever. Marlin has just announced two new rifles that are both twists on classic designs. The Marlin Dark series will include a 336 chambered in .30-30 as well as an 1895 chambered in the great and powerful .45-70. You know, for lions, tigers and bears. Both guns feature a stealthy black parkerized finish, 16.25” barrels, big loop levers and muzzle threads for adding your favorite brake. Yeah, that’s it. A muzzle brake.

The question is, which one would you pick? Is a .30-30 rifle with the right load enough gun to take down anything in North America? Is a .45-70 with the right load sufficient for any land animal in the world? (Because defending yourself from Great White sharks with a levergun seems a bit silly, don’t you think?)

Currently, I don’t have anything in the armory that can defend against T-Rex attacks, so I’m leaning towards the 1895 Marlin Dark. But then the question is, which suppressor to pair with a big bore gun? The Bowers Group makes the Vers 458 that can handle full powered loads. And SilencerCo makes the Hybrid 46. Decisions, decisions.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.

336 Marlin Dark

  • SKU: 70497
  • Caliber: 30-30 Win
  • Capacity: 5 + 1
  • Barrel Length: 16.25”
  • Threads: 5/8” x 24
  • OAL: 34.5”
  • MSRP: $949

1895 Marlin Dark

  • SKU: 70455
  • CALIBER: 45-70 Gov’t
  • Capacity: 5 + 1
  • Barrel Length: 16.25”
  • Threads: 11/16” x 24
  • OAL: 34.5”
  • MSRP: $949


Huntsville, AL– The speed and accuracy of Marlin lever actions blacked-out and tricked out for the modern hunter. Our new Dark Series rifles feature a stealthy-tough matte black parkerized finish and a black-webbed hardwood stock/forend, with a host of performance enhancements, including a threaded barrel, big-loop lever and XS Lever Rail with ghost ring peep that also accommodates a wide variety of optics.


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  • Old Gringo Old Gringo on Apr 28, 2019

    Just notice something funny. The MSRP is $949. The Marlin youth model Spikehorn (SH) is $469 today, free shipping. The SH is 1 inch shorter at 33.25 inches. I can add a rail, they just screw on (you know) for about $15.00. Now look at the front sight on the SH....it sits back about 1/2 inch or so. I can thread that barrel without touching that front sight, in about 15 minutes and add a thread protector for $8. Some of them let you keep the rear sight. Or you can get a rear peep sight that will fit on the rail if you want to take the scope on and off. If you have the angular cutter, pilot and threading die, you can do lots and lots of guns for the cost of those tools which is about $175.00. For someone who has already threaded barrels and has these tools, there is no added cost. Just saying the price is pretty steep in my view.

  • Briarpatch6 Briarpatch6 on Apr 28, 2019

    Really hope they offer one in .357, .44, or .45LC. Love lever guns, but not really a fan of $1.25-2.50 per trigger pull.