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DOPE BAG

MARLIN
MODEL 1895GSBL
B

road interest in the .45-70 Gov't
has waxed and waned repeatedly
during its 130-year existence,
but this bruiser of a cartridge has
never died out completely thanks
to support by a small but dedicated
group of die-hard big-bore aficionados
and to the range of interesting firearms chambered in it. From trapdoors
to lever guns, single-shots to Gatlings,
many different actions have played
host to the .45-70 over the years.
But while most of these platforms
have long since come and gone,
Marlin's Model 1895 is not only still
alive and kicking, it remains one of
the company's best sellers. Over the
decades, many iterations of the Model
1895 have been produced-varying
mainly in terms of their barrel lengths,
capacities and features-but in 2015,
Marlin introduced what it designed to
be the toughest, most weather-resistant variant yet: the Model 1895GSBL.

Although the green-and-black
color scheme of the 1895GSBL may
seem a bit unorthodox to many
lever-action fans (traditionally a very
orthodox bunch), the gun's internals will be very familiar to those
who have experience with other
modern Model 1895s. Rather than
start from the ground up with the
GSBL, the engineers at Marlin chose
instead to make a number of tweaks
and improvements to the company's
already successful SBL model.
Remarkably similar to the design
first introduced back in 1895, the
GSBL is a lever-action repeater that
functionally resembles Marlin's Model
336. Cartridges are fed into the rifle
via a loading port on the right side
of the stainless steel receiver and are
housed inside a tubular magazine
mounted beneath the barrel. The
magazine extends to just shy of the
muzzle, and has room for six .45-70
rounds. The lever's downstroke drops
the locking block and draws the cylindrical bolt rearward, simultaneously
cocking the hammer while the boltmounted extractor pulls the spent
case from the chamber and the ejector
expels it through the right-side ejection port. Concurrently, a cartridge

is released from the magazine and
is loaded onto a carrier. During the
upstroke, the carrier lifts the cartridge
into position where it can be pushed
into battery by the returning bolt.
Like the rest of Marlin's big-bore
series, the Model 1895GSBL features
a solid-top receiver, which makes for
much simpler mounting of an optic
compared to the various open-top leveraction designs, and the rifle's receiver is
drilled and tapped for such a purpose.
An off-set hammer spur comes standard
with the gun, and permits cocking of
the hammer without potential interference from a low-mounted scope.
The gun's round barrel measures
18.5", giving the GSBL a compact
overall length of less than 37". A big
loop lever provides plenty of room for
shooters with large hands or those
wearing gloves, and the pistol grip
stock is ergonomically contoured
to place the wrist in a comfortable
position. The firearm's 3/4" rubber
buttpad is slightly curved in order to
hug the shoulder and is checkered to
provide a non-skid surface. All Marlin
center-fire lever-actions since 1984
have had a crossbolt safety in the rear
of the receiver above the trigger, and
the GSBL is no exception.

The Marlin 1895GSBL's receiver is drilled-and-tapped for the installation of an optic, and the rifle
ships with an off-set hammer spur so that such a scope doesn't interfere with the hammer.
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