Gun Report

Marlin 1894 .44 Magnum

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Reviewed in the context of self defense, we believe the Trapper simply outdoes the Marlin. Because the Winchester costs less and does slightly more, we wouldn’t buy the Marlin unit.

Marlin 1894 .44 Magnum

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Home Defense
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The Marlin’s hooded front sight with lined ramp killed glare, but we think it slowed us down in the target-acquisition drills.
The top strap was ideal for adding a scope mount, making way for mounting a tactical scope for rapid target acquisition. The breech block moved underneath and ejected to the right.

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