This week, we take a look at the Marlin 1894, the first flat-top, side-eject receiver originally patented in 1893 by Lewis Hepburn. Alongside an improved one-piece trigger, Hepburn’s design included a new locking bolt and two-piece firing pin. And the 1894’s short receiver enabled cartridge compatibility with 1888 and 1889 models. Today, one of the best new 1894s is the CSBL—a carbine-length lever gun made of stainless steel. And its chambering in .357 Magnum makes it compatible with .38 Special sidearms many outdoorsmen carry on their hips. Learn more about it in the video embedded above, hosted by Editor in Chief J. Scott Olmsted. MSRP: $1,145.89; marlinfirearms.com.