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  • 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...
  • Vintage Trombone Action Marlin pop guns

    Back around the turn of the century, slide-action rifles were all the rage. You see this was before the age of the reliable semi-auto and many makers had jumped on the pump gun bandwagon. No less a company than J. Marlin's firearms factory was no exception, turning out no less than a half dozen models before World War Two. (Marlin Model 18) Why the slide? In the 1900s, if you wanted a fast handling rifle, you went pump action. With no reliable semi-automatics on the market, bolt-actions...
  • The Marlin Ballard Rifles

    Born in Massachusetts in the 1820s, Charles Ballard was a machinist with a good eye for details. In 1861, Ballard filed patent No. 33,631 for a single-shot rifle that reloaded a cartridge from the breech with a rolling block mechanism. Deep cut rifling grooves helped keep the rounds on target at extremely long ranges. This was a big thing at the time as almost every rifle of the day was a muzzle loading cap-and-ball type. Ball and Williams, Ballard's employer during the Civil War (1861-65),...
  • 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...
  • Cleaning and maintaining your rifles

    Marlin has long produced bolt-action rifles culminating with the MR-7 and later X7 series today as well as legacy semi-autos. However, keeping your rifle in tip-top condition is up to you. The primarily area of attacking the burnt carbon, metal shavings, and corrosive primer chemicals left behind by every range or field session is the barreled action. With a safe and unloaded weapon, with no brass or ammo around, remove your bolt and set it to the side. Next, use your cleaning rod in the...
  1. The Appleseed Marlin 795 Liberty Training Rifle

    Marksmanship is a dying art in the United States that has been a staple of our country since the Revolutionary War. A group of grassroots volunteers known as the RWVA has teamed up with Marlin to produce a special model rifle to help change that. What is Appleseed? Around the country every year, at shooting ranges from coast to coast, hundreds of Project Appleseed events are held that are open to the public. At these events, students of all ages learn to shoot a 20" target out to 500 yards...
  2. The Marlin Ballard Rifles

    Born in Massachusetts in the 1820s, Charles Ballard was a machinist with a good eye for details. In 1861, Ballard filed patent No. 33,631 for a single-shot rifle that reloaded a cartridge from the breech with a rolling block mechanism. Deep cut rifling grooves helped keep the rounds on target at extremely long ranges. This was a big thing at the time as almost every rifle of the day was a muzzle loading cap-and-ball type. Ball and Williams, Ballard's employer during the Civil War (1861-65),...
  3. Buying a Used Marlin Lever

    The Marlin Firearms Company has in one way or another been in business for over 140 years. Throughout that time, one thing has remained constant: the production of lever action rifles. With literally 30 million of these guns out there floating around, there are a few things to look for in used ones. Stock and forearm This 'bullseye' insert will let you know whether a rifle stock is made of birch or walnut and also give you a clue as to when it was made. Unless you are getting a...
  4. Marlin Lever Guns for Home Defense

    The home defense lever action carbine is an animal that few have considered. Long thought to be used just for hunting and plinking, these rifles are also a little thought of tool for home defense. Why a pistol caliber carbine For the defense of your home from invasion by criminals intent to victimize, the weapon of choice has usually been the firearm. In the world of these firearms for defense, the primary duty has fallen to the handgun. However, in many cases, the handgun isn't fully...
  5. Did Marlin Ever Make Handguns

    Those of you that are well aware of everything that was the Marlin Firearms Company over the past 100+ years know that the company had its hand in everything that went boom from time to time. Besides their classic lines of rifles, they made shotguns, machineguns, military weapons, and yes, Virginia, even a pretty large line of revolvers. Classic Marlin Pistols and Revolvers William Brophy in his excellent work, Marlin Firearms: A History of the Guns and the Company That Made Them, possibly...
  6. 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...
  7. The Marlin 99-M1 Carbine

    One of the most popular rifles of the World War 2 era was the M-1 carbine. The short and handy little .30 caliber rifle, with its short length of pull, one-piece wooden stock, and abbreviated barrel, was standard issue to thousands of troops across Europe and the Pacific. Marlin capitalized on the mystique of this popular rifle when it came out with its own version in .22LR, the 99M1. What was the M1 Carbine? Formally, the "United States Carbine, Caliber .30, M1," but commonly just...
  8. 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...
  9. King of the Swamp the Model 55

    When I was a kid, my great uncle Gus took me out to the delta marsh of the oxbow lakes of the Mississippi River. For those unaware of the area, this is one of the finest parts of the country to sit and wait for flight after beautiful flight of wood ducks, snow geese, and Canadian geese to fly over. The night before the trip he reached far back into his closet and retrieved a bundle the size of a pair of baseball bats wrapped in an old wool blanket and tied with a piece of cord. "Here you...
  10. Famous Old West Marlin Users

    Looking at the synthetic stocked brand new CNC machined rifle on your gun rack with its micro-grooved barrel, you would be hard-pressed to realize that some of the legends of the Old West carried Marlin rifles. Here are a few you may have heard of: Annie Oakley One of the most famous of all shootists was Ms. Phoebe Ann Moses, better known by her stage name of Annie Oakley. She was a great admirer of Marlin rimfire rifles and perhaps her best-known trick was centered on one. She repeatedly...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. Marlin 60 Muzzlelite Bullpup Stocks

    Have an old Model 60 and want to upgrade that 1960s squirrel gun look for something more modern without harming the gun itself? A Muzzlelite Bullpup stock may be just what you are looking for. Why Bullpup designs have been around since the 1900s, take the magazine and action of a semi-automatic rifle, and place it behind the trigger, making the overall length of the rifle shorter. The Muzzlelite Bullpup stock for the Marlin Model 60 does this in a dramatic way. By relocating the trigger...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
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