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  • The Marlin Model 60

    With so many great .22 rifles out there, competition is stiff. Ruger's 10/22, Remington's Nylon and Speedmaster series, the Savage 64, and the single shot Cricket and Chipmunks are out there in numbers that in some cases run into the millions. However, the title of the most popular 22-caliber rifle in the world, with more than 11-million examples produced, goes to the Marlin Model 60. Let's look at the iconic rifle. Design of the Model 60 In 1959 Marlin engineer Ewald Nichol took to create...
  • The Marlin Machine Guns

    Most Marlin owners know of their long legacy of lever action rifles, .22 rimfire guns, and others. However, what most don't know is that the company was one of the largest manufacturers of machine guns in World War One. The Colt-Marlin Light Machine Gun In 1915, during World War I, a New York syndicate bought the company from the sons of John Marlin, the company's founder, and renamed it the Marlin Rockwell Corporation (MRC). In that same year, MRC obtained license to the 1895 Colt Light...
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  1. 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...
  2. 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....
  3. 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....
  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. 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...
  6. 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,...
  7. 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...
  8. Marlin 25MG Garden Gun

    So you have a snake in your garden, or even more common, a flock of small pesky birds that are constantly robbing every piece of fruit from your trees, what do you do? Marlin had that answer and made an unusual gun for this very common need. The Model 25MG, popularly known as the Garden Gun. The origins of this concept Back in the late 1800s, trick exhibition rifle shooters such as Annie Oakley and Buffalo Bill Cody made audiences cheer when they smoked glass balls, soda crackers, and...
  9. The Royal Canadian Marlin Saga

    For just three years in the 1960s, Marlin produced nine of their models in special variants for sales in Canada. Ranging from rimfire guns to full size 336's, these Royal Canadian guns are extremely collectable. What was the program? The Marlin Firearms Company had long been one of the most popular makers of rifles and shotguns in North America. Based in Connecticut, they often had sales over both the far away Southern border with Mexico and the closer Northern border with Canada. Seeing...
  10. Is Marlin the Peoples Lever

    It would seem that the first thing that comes to mind when the words 'lever action rifle' is the Marlin Company. Even so, are they truly the people's champ when it comes to this weight class? Let us look. Who else makes lever actions? Winchester was the Pepsi to Marlin's Coke in the world of cowboy carbines for generations. Their John Browning-designed Model 94 has, with the exception of a few gaps, was in constant production for 112 years. In 2006, the line ended in the US. Its still...
  11. The Marlin Model 70 A Quiet Crowd Pleaser

    One of the most desired and best-loved designs that Marlin ever came out with was the Model 70. This handy little 22 with its detachable box magazine had something for everyone--including those in need of a backpack gun. Basic design Taking the tried and true Model 60 design as a starting point, Marlin engineers borrowed the receiver and action from that little 22 plinker and substituted a detachable box magazine for the under barrel tubular one of the 60. This cut the magazine capacity...
  12. New Jersey and Marlin 22 Assault Rifles

    You may not know this, but by a twist of fate of New Jersey's state laws, the standard Marlin Model 60 semi-automatic rifle is seen as a sinister death-dealer. Yes, the same little 22 caliber, tube-fed Model 60 that is the rifle of choice for target practice around the country is seen in the Garden State as being an assault rifle. How did this happen? Read on... Badly Worded Law With the Federal Assault Weapons Ban of 1994 still in the distant future, the State of New Jersey passed what...
  13. Marlins Short Throw Levermatic

    Want a leveraction rifle with a throw that was so short that it could be cycled while you still have he trigger indexed with your finger? Talk about handy. Well it's not a new gun, it was on Marlin's Levermatic system rifles made in the 1950s and 60s, and they are some of the most shootable and collectable Marlins out there. Basic Design Marlin firearms engineering guru Tom Robinson was issued patent number 2,823,480 Feb 18, 1956 for the Levermatic receiver, a system that he developed...
  14. 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...
  15. The Classic Single Shot Marlin 22

    The single shot Marlin rimfire 22 is possibly the ultimate initial training rifle. With a nomenclature and manipulation procedure that can be taught in a morning, the gun is simple enough that first time shooters can easily understand. With no magazine to fumble with, nor semi-automatic action to worry about, the gun can be loaded one round at a time by a more seasoned shooter while the apprentice works the bolt. After a few rounds of this, even a pre-teen youth can be trusted with the...
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