Marlin Reintroducing the Model 1895 Trapper in .45-70 Gov’t

The compact .45-70 is back. (Photo: Ruger)

Ruger is continuing to restore and refresh Marlin’s catalog since their recent acquisition, bringing back favorites old and new. Now they’re bringing back a timeless workhorse, the Model 1895 Trapper.

“This American-made lever-action rifle was manufactured with great pride and attention to detail,” the company said in the announcement. “You can expect the same time-honored design as the traditional 1895, combined with Ruger’s trusted reputation for producing high-quality, reliable firearms.”

The Trapper is a handy and compact carbine chambered for .45-70 Government. It a two-tone satin stainless lever-action rifle with checkered black laminate wood stocks.

The Trapper has a traditional semi-pistol grip stock and an updated forend that’s thinner, lighter and easier to handle. It has a 16.1-inch cold hammer-forged stainless steel barrel and a 5+1-round capacity.

It comes with adjustable Skinner sights, standard, with a blade front sight and a rear peep sight. It also features a 11/16-24 threaded barrel for use with muzzle devices and even suppressors since the threaded portion extends past the end of the magazine tube.

Intended for hunting and protection from large animals, the Trapper is a handy utility rifle. (Photo: Ruger)

The Trapper has two traditional sling studs, one on the forend cap and the other under the stock and a slightly enlarged loop for comfort and use with gloves.

It comes with a rubber buttpad, which will help with recoil as the Trapper only weighs 7.1 pounds unloaded. It also has an offset hammer and manual cross-bolt safety for peace of mind while carrying the carbine with a round chambered.

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The Trapper also has a spiral fluted, nickel-plated bolt for improved reliability in a wide range of conditions. The receiver, lever and trigger guard plate are all CNC-machined from 416 stainless steel forgings for durability.

This updated Model 1895 Trapper is built to be used and last lifetimes, but production may be limited as it’s a special edition. It also comes with a limited-edition price tag of $1,349, although prices in stores and online are typically a bit less.

For more information about these and more, visit Ruger and Marlin today.

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About the author: Max Slowik is a writer with over a dozen years of experience and is a lifelong shooter. He has unwavering support for the Second Amendment and the human right to self-defense. Like Thomas Paine, he’s a journalist by profession and a propagandist by inclination.

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  • Clint W. May 21, 2022, 9:43 am

    So, the firearm manufacturers are claiming their CNC, turret lathes and milling machines are making the parts automatically now, no more machine tool operators with years of skill behind them, and apparently machined so accurately, no more hand fitting such that a minimalist gun smith at the factory can assemble them, so why do they cost 2 and 3 times what they did just a few year ago? I’m sure the answer is along the lines of, if they still needed skilled machinists and gunsmiths, they would cost 6 and 8 times as much. Things have come a long way from a Ted William 30-30 you could order out of the Sears catalog for $130…and have it shipped to your door. I know the next argument, that 130 buck 30-30 was also when I was making $5.5000 a year and could afford truck payments, buy food, pay rent, (gas was 22 cents at the Sunoco Custom Blending pump for the lowest octane), so now that 130 is 1300, but $130 then or $130 in 2022 is still the same to me.

  • jrkmt1 May 21, 2022, 12:44 am

    I’d rather see the Marlin Model 60 reintroduced but that’s probably unlikely. Too much competition for Ruger’s 10/22.

  • Mike in a Truck May 20, 2022, 1:46 pm


  • James Gately May 20, 2022, 11:30 am

    Waiting for the shorter barreled 444 Marlin.

  • CJ Parios May 20, 2022, 9:53 am

    Waiting for a Trapper in 44 Special/44 Mag…

  • Frank Manzo May 20, 2022, 8:33 am

    Where can you find the new “Rugerlins” at less than MSRP? Every online source is selling them for almost twice that! Glad I already have some original JMs on hand.

  • Nicky J May 20, 2022, 7:50 am

    Who in their right mind would need a 45-70 for trapping Beaver,Fox, wolf??…… Maybe Moose!!! NOT!

  • MeSeaHunt May 20, 2022, 7:31 am

    If you don’t have the item you are attempting to review in front of you then DO NOT waste our time reading the same brief outline that we could read on the manf site…….. c’mon now I know they taught you better!!

    • S.H. Blannelberry May 20, 2022, 8:20 am

      It’s not a review. It’s a new product announcement.

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