Articles from Shooter

  1. Marlin's unique .410 Lever Action Shotgun

    If asked to name perhaps the most popular lever action rifles in history, odds are Marlin would top that short list of answers. The thing is, did you know that Marlin made a shotgun version of the carbine? Better yet, that it was in sweet-shooting .410? If not then keep reading... The classic Model 410 In 1929, Marlin took their standard Model 1883 lever action rifle and reworked it as a shotgun. To do this they had to lengthen the loading port, modify the tubular magazine, and replace the...
  2. Marlin's legacy of pump scatterguns

    We all know and love Marlin firearms for their legacy of fine rifles of all sizes and types. However, part of what has made the company great is their willingness to adopt new ideas and give the people what they want. Moreover, what the people have wanted over the past couple centuries were pump-action shotguns. And, yes, Marlin has made several. Let us look at them in their evolutionary order The beginning In 1898, Marlin produced their first shotgun. To compete with Winchester's very...
  3. Forgotten Tube-fed bolt rimfires: The Marlin 781 and 783

    You say that you love the underbarrel tubular magazine of the classic Model 60 but also want the nice, steady, short-throw bolt action of the 800 series Marlins and a groovy walnut stock? Man, if they made that in one gun, it would be heaven, right? Well the good old JM Marlin Company did just that in the 1970s and 80s with the 781 series rifle and its cousins. The design In 1970, Marlin perfected their 780 series rifle, which is a nice little .22 rimfire that had a natty Monte...
  4. Marlin's Deer Mauser: The Model 455

    The name Mauser is legendary when it comes to bolt-action rifles. Their design in the late 1800s heralded a new age of firearms technology and revolutionized the military\'s of the day. This led to an evolution in hunting rifles that soon followed. And yes, Marlin even had one of these in the stable for a while. We give you the Model 455. Belgian roots In the 1950s the international firearms mega plant of Fabrique Nationale in Liege, Belgium was transitioning from making Mauser...
  5. Bolt Action Marlin Sako rifles: The Model 322

    When you think Marlin, most people have a .22 rifle or lever-action cowboy gun spring to mind. Then of course the company also (briefly) made shotguns and revolvers as well as bolt action centerfires. Wait, what was that last part again? Oh you mean you never heard of the Model 322? Well, pull up a chair. (This 322 is a nice example that has had its original peep sight removed and a scope added. Be aware of changes like this when looking at a 322) Finnish heritage In the far away land of...
  6. Enter The Bersa Giveaway Before It's Too Late!

    The BersaForum.com Bersa Thunder 380 Giveaway closes soon and I need you to get entered. You can get this exact Bersa shipped direct to your FFL if your name is drawn from the giveaway thread at the completion of the giveaway. To get entered follow this link: [URL]http://www.bersaforum.com/forum/f5/bersa-thunder-duotone-380-giveaway-1361/[/URL] Thanks to the great folks over at Eagle Imports for this great donation, and I look forward to seeing your entry on BersaForum.com!
  7. New Home for CZ Owners - Free Decals!

    I just launched a new community for CZ firearms and if you own or have ever been interested in them I would appreciate you joining! Here\'s a link to registration. [URL]http://www.cztalk.com/account.php[/URL] If you sign up and help us get started, I will send you two MarlinForum decals for your first 40 post. For more information on claiming your decals please follow this link. [URL]http://www.marlinforum.com/forum/f17/free-marlinforum-decals-helping-us-launch-cztalk-com-2003/#post32854[/URL] Thanks for...
  8. Your Chance to win a Bersa!

    One of the other sites in our network, BersaForum.com, is giving away a brand new Bersa Thunder Duotone .380 donated to the community by Eagle Imports. This snappy looking gun is a must for any serious collector, and now is your chance to enter this great contest! Here's a link on how to get entered. [URL]http://www.bersaforum.com/forum/f5/bersa-thunder-duotone-380-giveaway-1361/[/URL] If you have not already registered on BersaForum.com, here's a link to do that....
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