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  • Five Classic Marlin Rifles

    Marlin has been in the gun biz for going on 150-years. Founded just after the Civil War by John Mahlon Marlin, they have produced more than a hundred models of firearms in almost every caliber imaginable. Here we look at five of their timeless classics. These guns were all extremely popular standard production models that helped make the brand a household name. Model 1895 Lewis Hepburn was Marlin's preeminent firearms designer in the 19th century. He invented a long line of lever action...
  • Marlin Exhibit at the Frazier

    Like cool old guns and have a soft spot in your heart for those made by Marlin? Did you know that there is a world-renowned museum that specializes in arms and armor and they have a room just for Marlin? If the answer to the first question is yes and you don't already know the answer to the second: it's the Frazier History Museum. What is the Frazier? When you walk into the museum, you are greeted with the 3500-pound limestone monument to the 1st German Regiment (32nd Indiana Volunteer...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • The Marauder: Marlin's short-barreled cowboy gun

    While no one ever accused the Marlin 30 series lever action rifle of being too long in the field, the company has from time to time flirted with chopping it down even further. One of the shortest of these was the briefly made 336 Marauder. Isn't it cute? The basic platform Way back in 1893 one LL Hepburn, a gunsmith at Marlin, was issued patent number 502,489 for a new locking bolt system with a two-piece firing pin and rectangular bolt that could be actuated by an under-rifle lever...
  1. The Suppressed Marlin Project

    Marlin has long been a name in the 22-rifle business and their new XT22 series comes out of the box ready for a suppressor. With that in mind, we here at Marlin Forum thought what better than to do a suppressor build. Why a suppressed 22 rifle? Suppressors most obviously save hearing and allow the sportsman to hunt without the aid of in-ear or over-ear hearing protection. Since the ears are free, this increases situational awareness and makes the hunter both safer and more alert. Since...
  2. The Strange Tale of the Marlin Mach 2 717M2

    Shooting across the sky like a comet came the Marlin Mach 2. This handy little .17HM2 caliber semi-auto had fun written all over it. Yet just as soon as it appeared, just like a comet, it raced away and vanished. Yes, we said .17HM2, not .17HMR When the .17HMR was introduced in 2002, it was hailed as the greatest single small caliber round since the .22 Magnum. The thing is, it was just a little too much for lighter-made rifles to handle. This led to the .17 caliber Hornady Mach 2,...
  3. The Marlin Bicycle Rifle

    A hundred years ago, Marlin modified one of its most popular rifles for the most advanced vehicle of the day. While today we would advocate having a truck gun or say a gun is a good car gun, back in 1897, it was all about having a gun for your bike. The Model 1897 Introduced three years before the dawn of the 20th century, the Model 1897 Marlin was a cute little rifle chambered in .22 Short, Long, or Long Rifle. It was, like most Marlins of the time, lever-action. Its underbarrel tubular...
  4. Suppressing a Marlin Lever Action Rifle

    Offering benefits in hearing protection, increased accuracy, and adding a great advantage to your hunting experience, more than 27,000 legal sound suppressors are sold every year in the United States. With lever action Marlin rifles among the most popular rifles in the country, it is only logical that these two concepts should meet for a little quiet introspection. Why would you do this? Rifles, just like pistols can be suppressed under some circumstances. The best firearms for...
  5. 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....
  6. High on the Hog with Marlin Lever Actions

    Marlin has been in the lever gun biz for a bit over a hundred years. When they first started, their guns were often used to hunt wild game including feral pigs, javelina, and boar. Well, a century later, we still have a hard time finding something that does a better job of it. Just why is it so good? The Marlin lever action rifle, no matter whether it\'s a 336, 1895, Model 444, or what, is a short and stubby gun. By rigorous definition, these guns are almost all \'carbine\' sized rifles....
  7. 1895 Lever Action Rifle

    From Batter Mans I've always been fascinated by classic lever actions from the 1800s. Take the Marlin 1895 Lever Action Rifle, for instance. There are a variety of versions for this rifle, but I'm going to highlight the standard Marlin 1895. It is a gun that retained all of its classic futures, but has been upgraded to join the modern the world, and it was responsible for bringing back the powerful .45-70 cartridge. .45-70 Cartridge This was a round developed for the US Army Springfield...
  8. 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]https://www.marlinforum.com/forum/f17/free-marlinforum-decals-helping-us-launch-cztalk-com-2003/#post32854[/URL] Thanks for...
  9. 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!
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
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