From the Vault: Marlin Trapper Carbines
It's time to kick back and see what Keith and Steve have found for us at Rock Island Auction Company.... Today it's a pair of "trapper" carbines from the two gunmakers synonymous with lever action rifles, Winchester and Marlin. Despite the name, these stubby-barreled rifles weren't used only by trappers. Anybody who needed a handy, compact, lightweight rifle might carry one, and because they were heavily used "working" guns, originals in good condition are quite rare. The National Firearms Act of 1934 prohibited owning a rifle with a barrel shorter than 16" - unless you paid a tax and registered it as a "short-barreled rifle" (SBR). But now original trapper rifles come under the "Curio & Relic" exemption. The Rock Island Winchester is a Model 1892 saddle-ring carbine chambered in a classic lever action rifle round, .32-20 Winchester or ".32 WCF". The other is a Marlin Model 1893 in .32-40 Winchester. Both guns show signs of honest wear, but both were taken care of, with wood in good shape and the Marlin's casehardened receiver even retaining some its original color.
WARNING: Never attempt to disassemble or reassemble a firearm unless you are absolutely certain that it is empty and unloaded. Visually inspect the chamber, the magazine and firing mechanism to be absolutely certain that no ammunition remains in the firearm. Disassembly and reassembly should follow the manufacturer’s instructions.