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  1. The rock and roll Marlin: the M1918 BAR

    Today each Army and Marine fire team contains at least one hard charger who is designated the squad automatic weapon man. This position, first conceived back in 1918, was until the disco era composed of a Joe or Leatherneck armed with a BAR. What's a BAR you ask? (A Marlin-Rockwell M1918 BAR, via Julia auctions) John Browning's trench sweeper Officially designated "Rifle, Caliber .30, Automatic, Browning, M1918," this 16-pound light machine gun was revolutionary when it was introduced in...
  2. Marlin is back, says Remington, promises a return to classic rifles with modern twist

    When Remington, under the aegis of the Freedom Group conglomerate of companies, gobbled up Marlin Firearms in 2007 for $41.7 million, then turned around and announced the long time factory in New Haven, Connecticut would be shuttered, many Marlin purists hung their head and muttered that the days of the classic company were over. Well, four years later, with a solid plan underway, Remington says that the Marlin brand isn't going anywhere and the old designs are coming back-- better than...
  3. Keeping your Model 60 up and running

    The Marlin Model 60 tube-fed .22 semi-auto rifle is one of the most popular guns ever made. Between both the Marlin and Glenfield marked versions, there have been more than 11-million of these handy rimfires pushed out in the past half century. However, they do require a good bit of finesse to clean and maintain. As long as you can find the ammo for these bad boys today, these guns make great plinkers, but need to be maintained. (Photo: Marlin) Basic cleaning In all cleaning, make sure...
  4. The Art of Cold Bluing as Applied to a Marlin

    I have been doing a lot of research on the pros/cons of Cold Bluing vs Hot Salt Bluing as well as the different procedures people use to Cold Blue barrels and parts. There are a lot ideas and products out there to choose from and everyone has their favorites or what works for them to the level they are happy with. My level is as close to perfection as I can get. The reasons for all my research are I am what most would call a little A/R. The comments on how clean I keep my workstation are...
  5. When Marlin held the line against a Japanese invasion of Canada

    In a little known piece of military history, a number of Marlin lever action 1936 rifles played an unsung role in the defense of Canada's west coast during World War Two-- possibly even staving off a Japanese invasion. War comes to Vancouver On the night of June 20, 1942, just off the west coast of Vancouver Island, Canada, Japanese submarine I-26 surfaced. Just six months before, Canada had been drawn into World War 2 in the Pacific as a British and American ally. Already the country had...
  6. Hey, that gun looks like a Marlin but it doesn't say so anywhere on it...

    Over the nearly two century long history of the company, Marlin has always made their own guns. In fact, for a good bit of the 20th Century, Marlin even made guns under different names for outfits like Montgomery Ward, C and C, and Western Auto, which were the precursors for the big box stores of today. These guns were given 'house' names when being sold at bargain basement prices, but deep down inside they are still Marlins. Marlin Model 336 right? Well, its actually a Glenfield Model 30A....
  7. Enter the 177: Marlin Air Rifles

    When you think Marlin Firearms, you think just that-- firearms. Well it seems that there is also a Marlin-branded air rifle on the market today for those little shooters to enjoy as well. With that in mind, we look at the Marlin Cowboy. Marlin air guns? Over the past 130 years, Marlin has made a number of different items including shotguns, burp guns, machine guns, and handguns besides the standard list of .22 rifles, lever guns and bolt-action rigs. However, members ask about old Marlin...
  8. Why the Marlin 336 makes the perfect first deer gun

    As a 13-year-old boy, growing up in the South, deer hunting was in my blood from early childhood. I had often helped dress and clean animals that had been harvested by my uncles and grandpa during our long (Sept-Feb) annual whitetail season and clamored for the opportunity to go along with the rest of the 'tribe.' While I had cut my teeth on rabbit, squirrel, and dove in my lower elementary years, learning how to work a bolt-action .22LR and a crack-barrel 20-gauge stoked with low-brass...
  9. The 308 and 338 Marlin Express

    Within the past decade, Marlin, in cooperation with the ammunition wonks over at Hornady, have come up with a solution to the problem that generation after generation of cowboy carbine lover has lamented-- how do you get a long-range rifle round to fit in a tubular magazine? You see for well over a century, short, fat cartridges that mounted stubby bullets have handicapped the lever-action rifle. This is because these rounds, resting bullet point to primer bottom, risked detonation if said...
  10. One for the bring back list: The Marlin Midget Magnum

    Made in limited numbers for only a brief period, the rifle was designated the Model 25MB, but everyone knows this handy little take down carbine best as the Midget Magnum. Those who known it love it. Those who haven't probably will, and that's the problem because those that have them already aren't letting go. Origins In 1979, Marlin introduced a basic little bolt-action .22 with a 7-shot detachable single-stack box magazine and 22-inch barrel. This rifle, the Glenfield Model 25, was a...
  11. Vintage Trombone Action Marlin pop guns

    Back around the turn of the century, slide-action rifles were all the rage. You see this was before the age of the reliable semi-auto and many makers had jumped on the pump gun bandwagon. No less a company than J. Marlin's firearms factory was no exception, turning out no less than a half dozen models before World War Two. (Marlin Model 18) Why the slide? In the 1900s, if you wanted a fast handling rifle, you went pump action. With no reliable semi-automatics on the market, bolt-actions...
  12. Updated offerings for your legacy Marlin 30.30

    The .30-30 Winchester round (also known as the .30 Winchester Center Fire or WCF) has been around for 120 years or so, making it one of the most durable rifle rounds of all time. The Marlin lever action rifles chambered to fire it, likewise have been updated constantly since that time. With that in mind, let us look at the more modern loadings that will take your cowboy gun from 1895 to 2014. This old Marlin Revelations Model 30 can be updated to take deer out to 300-400 yards with the...
  13. Your Marlin 30.30 as a home defense carbine?

    With all the emphasis today on modern long guns in home defense roles, it's easy to get confused about what is an ideal rifle for these types of scenarios. Well the thing is, you may already have a hard-hitting short-action rifle already in the back of your gun case that can fit the bill just fine. Using a long arm for home defense Any time you encounter the prospect of using a firearm inside a home, you have to worry about two things: over penetration and functionality. Any cartridge...
  14. Burglar Bear: 0, Homeowner with Marlin: 1

    When Victor Peters found a 400-pound black bear tearing through his sunroom in a search for food Wednesday night, the mild-mannered retired park ranger wanted things to work out amicably for both sides. However, when the bear decided otherwise, Peters had his Marlin 1895 there to help even the odds. A black bear, similar to this one, attacked a Florida man's home on two consecutive nights. Photo Wikipedia. The first break in The story began the day before when Peters, 64, of Lady Lake,...
  15. Marlin releases new big loop 1895 GSBL in .45-70

    Those who are a fan of big-bore cowboy action rifles have long known of Marlin's 1895 series rifle. Take this gun and chop it down to make it a guide length carbine, give it a big-loop finger lever, make it stainless steel with a blackened FNC finish, and add a painted and laminated stock-- well that's the GSBL baby. A little history Marlin actually introduced their lever action rifles back in the 1880s with their classic Model 1895 made between 1895 (hence the name) and the entrance of...
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