New From Marlin: the Dark Series

Marlin Dark Series

Now this is cool. Suppressor-ready, blacked-out lever guns from Marlin. This is their new Dark Series and the first two models are available with 16.25-inch barrels chambered either in .30-30 or .45-70.

Above is the Model 1895 Dark Series in .45-70, threaded 11/16×24 for a big-bore suppressor like a Bowers 458 or a Liberty Goliath. Nice looking setup. MSRP is $949.

The Model 336 Dark Series is a .30-30 Winchester threaded 5/8×24. Same MSRP, same good looks.

We all know Marlin has been a bit hit-or-miss of late, but these guns felt smooth and well-fitted to me. We’ll be getting our hands on a couple for full T&E soon. Gotta love a suppressed lever gun!


  1. avatar Jeff In CO says:

    If they would take this a step further with a full integral suppressed barrel, I would be in!

  2. avatar VerendusAudeo says:

    If I recall correctly, Teddy Roosevelt had a .30-30 with a Maxim Silencer so he wouldn’t disturb his neighbors when he was hunting.

  3. avatar Gov. William J Le Petomane says:

    Remlin’s had the bugs worked out for a few years now. I wouldn’t worry about them being ‘hit or miss’ any more than a Rem 700 or anything else in the sub $1000 range. Service could be hit or miss though.

      1. avatar Art out West says:

        Dang!! That is cool! It really is a game changer.

        I’d love to have one in .357.

        Of course one of these Marlin dark rifles would be pretty sweet in .357 or .44 mag as well. I love both Marlin and Henry rifles.

      2. avatar Chris T in KY says:

        “The day the Earth stood still”

      3. avatar Widdler says:

        I’ll have a 16″ big boy steel version in .357 with a large loop please.

      4. avatar Gov. William J Le Petomane says:

        There’s still a couple advantages to the Marlin. It still has an extra round of capacity and it’s perfectly safe to unload by cycling the action with the safety engaged, so Henry’s advantage is a matter of a minor inconvenience. The Marlin’s also a bit cheaper, but the Henry’s trigger is better. Fixing the trigger on the Marlin is pretty easy, but if you do it’s no longer cheaper. And I think there’s an advantage to Marlin’s micro-groove rifling. I’ve seen a couple reviews where 20″ 30-30s were producing velocities higher than the factory specs for 24″ barrels. Either way, competition is a good thing.

    1. avatar Donttreadonme says:

      Yep, most people dontcrealize that the worn out machinery that was causing the quality ussues was replaced.

  4. avatar Jeff the Griz says:

    Strange I didn’t see the announcement that Henry has a new line with a side loading gate.

    1. avatar jwm says:

      Yep. Already heard the news elsewhere.

      1. avatar Jeremy S. says:

        It’ll go up here soon. It was on our Instagram feed yesterday! 😉

  5. avatar Kyle says:

    I’ll respect Marlin as well as many other gun makers more when they’ll stop operating and therefore paying taxes to states like New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, etc.

    Buy guns from these states just supports states that hate our guts.

    1. avatar Jay in Florida says:

      Im one who is boycotting almost if not all NY made guns.
      There has been many a Kimber Id like to have. I have also been looking to replace my long gone Marlin 336.
      None of which will happen as long as they are made by or the company stays in NY.
      I just added Pachmyer to my lists. They are still in Connecticut.

      1. avatar Ed Schrade says:

        Agreed, but over $900 for a lever action, absurd. Every since these ” investors ” bought out firearms companies, the prices have gone sky high.

        1. avatar Paul says:

          Agreed on prices. I was 16 in 1972, when I decided to buy a new deer rifle. The Winchester 94 cost me $78, new, from the sporting goods store on the town square. A note: my Winchester was assembled with machine screws. A nephew who bought the “same gun” a few years later had a riveted thing, that couldn’t be easily disassembled. Yes, prices are outrageous.

          That was also my first experience with “gun control”. The guy at the counter wouldn’t allow me to walk out with my purchase. My dad had to come down to approve the sale. Total waiting period – 1 1/2 hours, lol!

        2. avatar GS650G says:

          You want a gun made from metal and wood by American craftsmen?
          It costs a lot of money.

      2. avatar Jeremy S. says:

        Kimber is moving. Arkansas, i believe.

        1. avatar SouthAl says:

          Hadn’t heard that. Good on them. I wish AL could have lured them down though.

  6. avatar Ed Rogers says:


  7. avatar barnbwt says:

    I remember when Mossberg got a ton of shit for doing a tacticool lever gun, but now it’s cool?

    1. avatar Mister Furious says:

      Because it was the ugliest eyesore in the history of guns.

    2. avatar El Duderino says:

      Because it had a rattle-y M4 stock and no real purpose.

      I’m not going to rush out and buy either Marlin, but they have a purpose. Time will tell if the 336 has any appeal to the hush crowd. The 1895? Heck yes! Load up giant 600-700 grain solids and push ’em to 1000fps.

  8. avatar Nate in CA says:

    But where is the suppressor friendly tactical ammunition?

    Where’s my 240gr .30-30 anti-personnel loading?

  9. avatar Widdler says:

    So how long before we can get these for the 1894? I’ve been waiting for a blued 16″ .357 or .44 to come out.

    1. avatar Lee. the Fudd says:

      I heard a Marlin Rep say the 1894 was in the plan. 357, 44, and even in .410. Likely a SHOT 2020 announcement. I’d go for a model 39. Rep also explains they’re parkerized, not blued.

      1. avatar Widdler says:

        Well, with these coming out and Henry putting in side gates we’ll just have to see who launches a 16″ .357 first. My money’s sitting on the table, was going to settle for a rossi but not now. My LGS says their tough to find anyway, plus I’m not a fan of the top eject. I guess patience is a virtue that pays off sometimes.

  10. avatar Bitter says:

    Is buying a suppressor for a rifle the same Process and hassle as for a pistol?
    Also I’ve been wanting a 45-70 forever and now I may be more inclined to get one.

    1. avatar RidgeRunner says:

      Recently bought the Marlin Trapper SBL in 45-70, what a beast! Love it.

    2. avatar Jeremy S. says:

      Yes, all firearm silencers are treated equally.

  11. avatar Chris T in KY says:

    The lever gun will become the primary self defense weapon in restricted areas of the USA.
    Soon someone will produce the “President Theodore Roosevelt suppress lever gun special edition”.
    There I said it first.

    1. avatar edward kenway's ghost says:

      I see it as a reasonable alternative to restricted semi-auto “black rifles” with banned magazines. With the right accessories (trigger, precision barrel, suppressor) and a respectable cartridge it would make a very versatile and accurate rifle at short to intermediate ranges.

  12. avatar Shire-man says:

    Like a budget Grizzly customs job. I’m down.

  13. avatar Rincoln says:

    This is great, as I’ve always wanted a 45/70 lever-action suppressed. My problem, and the reason I don’t have one yet, is the twist rate on the barrels. It’s simply not within my “margin-for-error” to run subsonic loads and not have a baffle strike. Do we have any data on these new “suppressor ready” versions?

  14. avatar MoBaldeagle says:

    I bought my Marlin lever 30-30 back in the 70s brand new from Central Hardware sporting section and paid $75.00 for it

  15. avatar Stephen M says:

    I’d be in for one in either .35 Remington or .45 Colt.

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