Another Marlin lever rifle is being reintroduced by Ruger: the Model 1895 Guide Gun

Two years ago Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. acquired Marlin Firearms from Remington Arms. At the time many feared that the well-known lever-action rifles manufacturer would be reduced to a “name only” brand, as often happens with such acquisitions, with many models disappearing forever from the market. But Ruger is respecting the Marlin legacy as promised, now reintroducing the Model 1895 Guide Gun.

The barrel is 19.10"/485 mm, with a 11/16"-24 muzzle thread. A match-polished thread protector is included. Front Sight: is a brass bead with hood.

Last year they offered the Marlin 1895 SBL model again. Now, with the Model 1895 Guide Gun – formerly known as an "1895 GBL" (Guide Big Loop) – Ruger is bringing back the Guide Gun family of rifles. It is Ruger's first introduction of an alloy steel Marlin rifle with a blued finish too. "The Guide Gun is our next step in the expansion of the Marlin line," stated CEO and President, Chris Killoy. "Marlin fans should be encouraged by the growth in product offerings and know that we are going to continuously expand into other models."

Marlin Model 1895 Guide Gun, comfortable and rugged 

The Marlin Model 1895 Guide Gun is chambered in .45-70 Govt. The tubular magazine has a capacity of six rounds. The rear sight is a semi-buckhorn type.

Chambering is the classic .45-70 Govt., with a 19"/485 mm cold hammer-forged barrel (1:20" twist) that can accommodate a muzzle brake or other barrel accessories thanks to a 11/16"-24 muzzle thread (a match-polished thread protector comes as standard). 

Featuring a big loop lever, frame of the Model 1895 Guide Gun is alloy steel. Receiver, lever and trigger guard plate are all CNC machined from alloy steel forgings, and all metal components are glass bead-blasted for a satin finish and blued. Bolt is nickel-plated for smooth cycling and durability. Sights consist in a traditional and fully adjustable semi-buckhorn system.

The brown laminate stock is dimensionally stable in varying weather conditions. The buttstock has a soft rubber recoil pad.

The oversized lever loop is designed for providing clearance for operation with heavy gloves – which is useful for winter or mountain hunting – while the tubular magazine has a capacity of six rounds (plus one in chamber).The loading gate is located on the receiver.

The brown laminate buttstock ends in a soft rubber buttpad to effectively absorb recoil. The slim forend is also brown laminate, with sharp checkering for an excellent grip in all weather conditions. Safeties include a positive, push-button cross-bolt manual safety and the traditional hammer half-cock.

Sling swivel studs and an offset hammer spur are included in the package, that on the U.S. market is priced at $1,149.

Model 1895 Guide Gun specs and price

.45-70 Govt
Magazine Capacity: 
6 rounds
Brown laminate
Receiver Material: 
Alloy steel
Satin blued
Front Sight: 
Brass bead with hood
Rear Sight: 
Barrel Length: 
19.10"/485 mm
Overall Length: 
37.25"/946 mm
Length of Pull:
13.38"/340 mm
7.4 lb/3,356 g
Price (MSRP in the USA):
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