Picked up a marlin 1895GBL today. a good 45-70 has been on my short list for the last two decades. price was 620$ new. the GBL stands for guide big loop. the barrel is 18.5 inches capacity 6+1. (pardon the finger prints i cleaned it up for the next pic) ive read a lot about marlin being bought out by the company that owns remington and about cross bolt safeties and how rotten marlin guns are in fit. ive check out a LOT of marlins in the last few weeks read a lot of opinions and it seems that those that dont own one hate them those that do love em. well i bought one. on first pass i dont see any apparent flaws in a gun at this price point. the purpose of the gun is a good backup brush rifle for my trips to texas. the finish is about what i expected for a utility gun. its not the best bluing job but its far better than the stuff generally being offered by remington winchester and others in the sub 1000$ range. a lot of talk has been done about cross bolt safeties on lever guns. below you can see the safety just below the hammer. while its not in the most accessable location it does have a huge benefit. the marlin version when activated acts as a very simple decocker. the trigger can be pulled and the hammer safely lowered on a live chamber with the safety on. the hammer can then be half-cocked and the safety turned off. i honestly do not see how this is in any possible fashion a negative feature.