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  • What is a Glenfield

    Marlin lovers and owners are often subject to the head-scratching dilemma that not all Marlins are marked as being made by Marlin. For nearly three decades, there existed an odd doppelganger, the unrecognized but nonetheless identical twin separated at birth and raised by different parents with a different name. That name and these often-besmirched guns are known as the Glenfields. Why were these made? For decades, Marlin firearms sold their guns mail order, by traveling salesmen, or...
  • 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...
  • Mount up! Saddle ring Marlin cowboy guns

    Harkening back to the good old "hell for leather" days of the U.S. cavalry, the saddle ring attachment on Marlin lever action rifles have been around for over a century and is still available (of sorts) today. Why the saddle ring? Close up of Marlin 1893 SRC .30-30 Win caliber saddle ring carbine via Collectors Arms European horse soldiers of the Napoleonic Wars often added a small carbine to their more traditional armament of saddle pistol, saber, heavy sword, and lance. At some point,...
  • Marlin's 375 North Haven Big Bore

    For a few brief years in the Reagan-era, Marlin ponied up a lever-action hunting rifle that was among the pinnacle in hard-hitting big game guns of its kind. Based on the same 1895 action proven over the course of a century, the new gun used a very old round that had similarly been reinvented. What is the .375 Win? Back in the 1880s, one of the most effective "cowboy" rounds was the big-bore .38-55 Winchester. This black powder fueled cartridge could send a 255-grain bullet out a couple...
  • The 22 Marlin Dragunov

    The Marlin Model 60 and its 22LR cousins such as the 75, 99, 990 and others, have been a staple of gunracks across the country for decades. However, some of us grow old of the standard walnut stocks and want to branch out into something more tactical. The ATI Fiberforce stock ATI, long known for their aftermarket gunstocks and accessories, introduced their Fiberforce stock for the classic Marlin Model 60 more than ten years ago. Retailing for $49 on their website, it is made of DuPont...
  1. Veteran huntress and teeth puller scores again with her trusty Marlin

    Dr. Mili Irizarry de Buschatzke, a Cazenovia New York dentist and skilled outdoorswoman, once more bagged a very nick buck during the first weekend of the Empire State's brief but bountiful gun season-- with her Marlin .270 at her side. No stranger to bucks Dr. Irizarry is something of a modern-day Diana, who, year after year manages to harvest excellent sized mature bucks, doing her part in the wildlife conservation process. In 2010, she took a nice 6-point in upstate Madison County on...
  2. Meet the $50,000 Marlin Model 1889 Lever Action Rifle

    Founded by John Mahlon Marlin in North Haven, Connecticut in 1870, the Marlin Firearms Company within just a couple decades had become a strong contender in the gun industry. One of its most popular, and in many ways, most enduring of designs, the Model of 1889, has proven to be among the most collectable of the breed. Moreover, you wouldn't believe what some of these old guns go for. The design of the 1889 Marlin's first two cowboy rifles, the Models of 1881 and 1888, were catch-up guns...
  3. Forgotten perfection: The Marlin MR-7 bolt action rifle

    Marlin over the years has stepped up to the plate and provided an enduring series of bolt-action rifles over the past several decades. These guns all had two things in common: first, they were largely excellent designs. Second: their production run ended too soon. Perhaps none of their historic offerings hits these two points harder than the MR-7. Why the design? Known primarily for its semi-auto and lever-action rifles, Marlin has also dabbled in throw-bolt guns off and on as well. Back...
  4. How to Properly Pronounce 10 Gun Names You're Likely Saying Wrong (VIDEO)

    By default, if you are a member here (or just stopping by), odds are you are a dyed-in-the-wool Marlin fan. However, even you likely have had at least a few of the below pass through your hands at one time or another. There are few things more embarrassing for a new gun owner than mispronouncing the name of a firearm. It's even more embarrassing for a long-time gun owner. To help the gun owning public, our friends over at OutdoorHub put together this great video to lay out how to better...
  5. The Classic Marlin Model 39: Rimfire Lever Perfection

    Marlin Firearms spent the first half-century or so if its existence concentrating on center-fire rifles, shotguns and revolvers. However, after World War I, the company switched gears, made a play for the popgun market--, and got it nearly perfect right off the bat. Why the 39? Rimfire pipsqueak cartridges have been around since the 1850s when Smith and Wesson crafted the first .22 Short, which led in turn to the upgraded 22 Long some 15 years later and finally, in 1887, the .22LR. Even...
  6. Q: 784-pound bear? A: Marlin 45-70. End of Story

    "We heard cracking in the woods, and I realized the bear was coming straight at me," recalled a 16-year-old Tarheel State hunter on his very first trip into the field during the state's annual bear season came across an absolutely immense bruin. What happened next stunned the young sportsman. The problem Bears have always been numerous in North Carolina. Going all the way back to 1761, British Colonel Henry Timberlake accompanied a delegation of Cherokees into the area and reported the...
  7. Marlin Rare Semi-Auto: The Open Bolt Marlin Model 50

    Odds are, you either cut your teeth on or have at least at one point in your life fired a Marlin semi-auto .22LR rifle. Today, the tube-fed Model 60 and its detachable-magazine Model 70 half-brother are the benchmark for rimfire auto-loaders around the world. Who would have thought that this all started in 84-years ago with the humble Model 50. Why was it born? Marlin, coming out of the "Roaring 20s" was a company looking to change. It had established itself with lever-action rifles and...
  8. Marlin's Faux 22 M1 Carbine, the Model 989M2

    Today the AR-15 series rifles are perhaps the most popular semi-auto firearms in the country. In the early 1960s, when the AR was still unknown, the go-to rifle for medium game hunting and home defense was the M1 Carbine. With this understood, Marlin went about creating a M1-ish carbine for small game hunters and plinkers. This gun we know today as the Model 989M2. Just what was the M1 anyway? Formally, the "United States Carbine, Caliber .30, M1," but commonly just referred to as the M1,...
  9. What's new and what's gone from Marlin's 2015 Lineup

    Last week Marlin Firearms released their new 2015 catalog and in its short 12-pages are somethings new, somethings old, somethings borrowed, and somethings blue. With that in mind, we broke it down to see just what is in store for the coming year. New guns [MEDIA=youtube]DqMgYhK2TgQ[/MEDIA] George Kollitides Marlin 2015 Catalog Intro While many manufacturers such (Ruger anyone?) seem to introduce a new gun every week, it seems that Marlin, in the spirit of their cautious...
  10. The Marlin lever action rifle in the hands of an Apache Chief

    During the Plains Wars of the last half of the 19th Century, the U.S. Army employed hundreds of volunteer Indian Scouts, first authorized by Congress in 1866. One of these, Al-Che-Say, of the White Mountain Apache, became decorated veteran of the conflict. This Medal of Honor recipient also was a fan of Marlin lever guns. Who was Alchesay? Born in 1853 Arizona Territory, the 19-year old was already a skilled warrior when he joined the U.S. Army in 1872 as part of Gen. Crook's Expedition...
  11. Marlin's classic stock-tubed Models 88/98

    If you have been around Marlin rifles for a minute, you are used to tubular underbarrel mags, detachable box mags, and even single-shots. However a short-lived series of rimfire plinkers you may not be aware of also exist that load completely differently. The Marlin Model 98--note the side loading port in the buttstock You load it where? In the years after World War II, Marlin was looking to expand their offerings with some new blood. A popular rifle of the time was the Browning Semi-Auto...
  12. Quick thinking homeowner's photo leads to arrest of Marlin burglar

    When a Louisiana resident came home last week, they thought something was odd with the gray 2003 Hyundai Elantra parked in their driveway. They thought it was even stranger when a 25-year-old man she did not know came out her back door carrying a bunch of guns. What happened next was classic. The town Natchitoches Parish nestled in Northwestern Louisiana is a rural area known for its bountiful natural resources including Cane River Creole National Historical Park, Kisatchie National...
  13. Marlin Model 90: The New Haven Double Barrel

    With a company, that has a history now in its third decade; it shouldn't surprise anyone that Marlin has made everything from break-top revolvers, to machine guns for the military, to rifles in calibers from .17HMR to .458 Magnum. They have even made some shotguns to include a very nice boxlock double. (Although discontinued in 1959, the Marlin Model 90 can still make a great upland game piece. Photo from 16-gauge World) Design These guns came about in 1936 when Sears asked Marlin to...
  14. Marlin Peep Sights 101

    Aperture sights, often just called "peep sights" have been around on Marlin rifles both from the factory and as an aftermarket accessory for more than a century. These sights are, for many, the best alternative to optics and have proven themselves for generations in both target and hunting applications. What are they? Basically speaking, peep sights work through a theory called parallax suppression (for an excellent 23-page explanation of just what this is). The concept goes that the human...
  15. You got target rifle in my small game gun! The tale of the Marlin 880SQ

    For a brief period in time, Marlin made a handy .22LR bolt action rifle that with a 7-shot detachable box mag that made a great little field gun. At the same time, they made a tack-driving benchrest rifle with a heavy target barrel. Well, someone at some point had the brilliant crackle of imagination to brainstorm what happened if they put the better of each one together. The 880 series An evolution of the company's Model 780 rifle, this 5.75-pound field, and tin can special used a very...
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