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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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Marlin Camp Carbine

    One of the classic modern rifles from Marlin's line wasn't in a rifle caliber. Produced for almost two decades, the pistol-caliber Camp Carbine is well remembered and growing in collectability. Design The Marlin Camp carbine was a elegant and utilitarian little rifle. Introduced in 1985 during the height of the Ruger Ranch Rifle craze, it offered a handy little blow back operated semi auto rifle that chambered inexpensive handgun ammunition. Chambered in either 9x19mm Parabellum or the...
  • 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...
  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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....
  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. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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!
  15. 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...
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