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Marlin 1894C hard to find in N. Virginia

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by vta33, Jul 6, 2006.

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  1. vta33

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    My brother lives in N. Virginia and has gone to the Walmarts within a 25 mile drive from Alexandria and none of those stores stock a Marlin 1894C (.38/.357). Also, he was told they can't be ordered. What gives with Walmart?

    Anyway, Walmart sells the rifle for $396.92 and that's within the range my brother is willing to pay.

    Anyone in the N. Virginia/Greater DC area know of a Walmart that has one of these rifles in stock.
     
  2. Limeyfellow

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    Try one of the gunshows. The last ones I been too had dozens.
     
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    If there is a Dick's close by try it as well. I got my step-son a Remington 870 Express in 20 guage as a birthday and graduation gift two years ago for $20 less than Wal-Mart. You may also want to check ClarK Bros. in Warrenton. If you don't mind a day trip try Greentop in Glen Allen.
     
  4. vta33

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    Is that Dick's Sporting Goods? If so, I found two locations on the net. One in Dulles and one in Fairfax. Thanks.
     
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    Dick's

    Yes. We have one hear in Charlottesville and I have been pleased with their sales staff. Give them a try.
     
  6. priv8ter

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    Well...

    Good luck finding one...mine is the funnest gun to use that I own. Just a great little carbine.

    $400 sounds a bit steep...you can usually pick them up for right around $300 at the sporting goods stores around here.

    greg
     
  7. vta33

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    hard to get

    I just got this email from my brother:

    I checked with Dick's and they all gave me a quote over $500.00.

    I checked with other dealers and one guy gave me a quote of over $600.00.

    The best I could do was at Virginia Arms in Woodbridge at $450.00, and they said none of their distributors had the rifle in stock. I placed the order and they will call with a status. The salesman said he has no idea why it's so hard to get this particular rifle but no one seems to have it. I can get Marlin in 30-30, 45, and 44 Mag the same day.

    T
     
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    I just put one on lay-away with my local dealer, $450. If I remember correctly, that's lower than MSRP. I can't wait until I finish paying it off and take it to the range.
     
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    That's crazy!

    I just looked at Davidson's whole sale(www.galleryofguns.com) and they show none in stock either. And their price through one of my local gun stores is $462, so $450 should be a good price.

    I swear these things weren't that expensive a few year ago.

    greg
     
  10. vta33

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    priv8ter wrote, "I swear these things weren't that expensive a few year ago."

    Heck, it was only a few months ago here in So. Calif that the Big 5 sporting goods chain was selling this rifle for $319.99 on sale. New sale price is $339.99 and that rifle goes on sale once every five or six weeks.

    The retail price recently jumped $20 to $399.99.

    Just phoned the local Big 5 and there are no Marlin 1894C rifles in stock at that store or in the warehouse but two nearby stores (Thousand Oaks and Santa Barbara) have one each @ $399.99.
     
  11. MAKster

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    1894C unavailable

    I have also been looking for a Marlin 1894C for the past 6 months. I've been to 4 gunshows and many many gun shops and haven't seen a single one. I tried to special order one from a local shop, but it has been a month and they haven't been able to find one yet. I think $450 is a good price if you can find one. Also, the version that Big 5 is selling is less expensive because it has a lower quality hardwood stock while the regular 1894C is walnut. Good luck.
     
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    None at Turner's

    MAKster wrote, "I have also been looking for a Marlin 1894C for the past 6 months. I've been to 4 gunshows and many many gun shops and haven't seen a single one. I tried to special order one from a local shop, but it has been a month and they haven't been able to find one yet. I think $450 is a good price if you can find one. Also, the version that Big 5 is selling is less expensive because it has a lower quality hardwood stock while the regular 1894C is walnut. Good luck."

    Right. I had forgotten about the quality of the stock on the rifles that Big 5 sells.

    Just phoned Turner's in Reseda, CA and there are no 1894C rifles in any of their 13 stores or the warehouse.
     
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    I got two places for you to check -

    I ordered ones from Gander Mtn in Washington, PA and Woodland Outdoor World in Uniontown, PA about two months ago. They both had them in stock for me at $430 or thereabouts about a week ago - but I had already found one at Cabela's in the used gun rack.

    They're out there, must have just started shipping recently.

    As for you lucky folks with the BIG 5 sporting goods places, well, just be nice.
     
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    ive been looking for a month now( n.cali) and looking and waiting. big 5 here is an absolute joke.
     
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    thanks

    Here's a Marlin 1894C for sale
    http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/Vie...?Item=52008899
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    Thanks Iacoochee. I forwarded that URL to my brother. That black walnut stock is nice.

    Heck, I think *I'm* gonna buy one next time Big 5 has 'em on sale.
     
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    Thanks Rock_Steady

    Thanks Rock_Steady. I'll pass on the Gander Mtn and Woodland Outdoor World to my brother.
     
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    Well, I bought my 1894C at Green Top, which is just north of Richmond. Is that too far?
     
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    Just as an aside, the 1894's sold by Big 5 have hardwood, rather than walnut, stocks. That's one way they're able to hold down the cost.

    I spent months looking for one, and finally had to special-order it; paid through the nose. Then I was in Wichita Falls at their Big 5, and they had hardwood-stocked 1894's for $299. So I bought that one, too ("for my wife").

    They are great little rifles, to be sure. Everybody ought to have one. Or two.
     
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    Dulles gunshow

    After looking for a Marlin 1894C for months with no luck, I found a Navy Arms 1892 with octagon barrel at the Dulles, VA gunshow last weekend. It's used but in good condition so I'm happy.
     
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    I just phoned Green Top. They sell 'em for $459 but they're on back order.
     
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    I'd go with Virginia Arms in Manassas or Green Top. Both are top notch outfits that are willing to work - within reason - on the price and provide superior customer service (as opposed to Wal Mart, which apparantly wont even try to order it).

    The other option is also to try Potomac Arms in Alexandria (0 Prince Street, its actually located over the Potomac River) if its still around. Last time I checked, they were getting out of the new gun business but might still be able to order you one (my father in law ordered a Henry golden boy from them about a year ago).

    Wouldn't give the gun banning bigots at Dicks the time of day.
     
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    Does Wal-mart ever carry the CP with the short ported barrel? That's my next lever and sounds like a killer price range from what I'm seeing in these parts of SoCal. ... or maybe I'll settle for a Guide Gun in 45/70 if I can't find a CP at a lesser price. :D

    Justin
     
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