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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Marlins New XT-22 Rifle

    In their new Mayfield Kentucky plant, Marlin is setting the state to redefine the bolt-action 22 rifle. This debut series, dubbed the XT-22, has all the makings of a rimfire legend. Design of the XT22 Taking the New Haven produced 2004-2010 eras Marlin 925 as a starting point, the company made several improvements and the XT22 was born. The firearm comes in at 5.5 pounds unloaded which means you can put a decent set of optics, nice rings, a strap, and camowrap on it for heavy use in the...
  • The Marlin UD M42 Submachine gun

    During World War 2, dozens of new weapons were rushed into service around the world. One of those that you may not have heard of was the M-42 submachine gun. You may be interested to know that a certain well-known firearms manufacturer made this rare and exotic weapon by the name of Marlin. Why the UD M-42 At the entrance of the United States into World War 2 in December 1941, the standard US submachine gun was the Thompson Auto. The Thompson was and still is a beautiful gun but it was...
  • 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...
  1. The mysterious and beautiful Marlin Ballard Pope Schuetzen rifles

    Back at the tail end of the 19th century, shooting sports societies centered on hyper accurate rifles were all the rage in polite society. It was during this time that many Marlin Ballard rifles became heavily modified for use in these events, and many picked up finely tuned Pope Barrels to produce the uber rare Marlin Ballard Pope Schuetzen rifle. Confused? Keep reading Serial #22268, 35-40, 32 3/4" No. 4 Marlin-Ballard Hartford Pope barrel #220 with a bright excellent bore. Sold for...
  2. The little known Marlin Model 200 crack barrel shotgun

    It a fit of growth before being acquired by Remington, in 2000 Marlin purchased the assets of H&R 1871, a Massachusetts-based firearms maker who had likewise made guns under the moniker of NEF for generations. This company, the largest manufacturer of single shot shotguns and rifles in the world, even made a Marlin branded shotgun for a brief period. Marlin's single shot background Known primarily for their rifles, Marlin Firearms of New Haven, Connecticut also sold a line of shotguns for...
  3. When Marlin went big bore: The Original Super Goose

    For just a brief but glorious time, Marlin gave the masses of water fowlers what could be considered one of the most popular bolt-action large caliber shotguns of its day-- the 34-inch barreled Model 5510. And yes, the "10" is the size of the gauge. The bolt-action Marlin burners Today the Marlin Firearms Company is best known for its line of rimfire plinkers and lever-action hunting rifles, but they also made shotguns for nearly a solid century. Between 1903-1954 they produced no less...
  4. Marlin's Long Tom 120 scattergun

    For well over a century JM Marlin's firearms company made a line of pump action shotguns that got little attention when compared to their much more popular rifle line that both began the company and endure today. Among this flock of rare birds included the super groovy Model 120 with its optional forty-inch (40 inch) barrel. That is not a misprint. Marlin's pump line Starting in 1898 Marlin made its first slide or trombone action shotgun, the imaginatively named Model 1898. This remained...
  5. The Screaming hot Marlin 336SC Zipper of yesteryear

    If you are a predator or varmint hunter, odds are the thought of a 50-ish grain .22 caliber bullet with a velocity of over 3200 feet per second would get your attention. Well the thing is, the round itself has existed for almost a century as the .219 Zipper and furthermore, there is a classic JM rifle that chambered it and it's considered one of the "holy grails" of modern Marlin lever guns. What is the Zip? As explained by Gun Digest's Dan Sheeler, the .219 Zipper was birthed out into the...
  6. 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...
  7. The super 45.70: Marlin's .450M and the rifles that use it

    Facing its 15th birthday this year is the Hornady inspired and Marlin developed "modernized" .45-70 that is known far and wide as the .450 Marlin. This straight-walled bruiser, which is capable of providing a vehicle for bullets up to 500-grains in weight, is a new take on a big game cowboy guns. What is .450? Debuted at the year 2000 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Hornady and Marlin introduced a round developed by ammo genius Mitch Mittelstaedt. Although similar to a .458 Win Mag (or its parent,...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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,...
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