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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 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...
  • 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...
  1. The Marlin 444

    Marlin has long been the king of lever action rifles, and without a doubt the .444 Marlin has been one of the most popular heavy rounds of the last half century. Now as the round is fast coming up on its 60th birthday, let's put some perspective into the big .444 slugger. Why the need Large game hunters in North America in the late 19th century discovered the venerable .45-70 Government round. The .45-70 was adopted by the US Army in 1873 and used in all of the late Indian Wars as well as...
  2. The Marlin Model 2000 Target Rifles

    Marlin firearms, first founded in 1870 by Mr. John Mahlon Marlin, have been in the rifle business for over 140 years. Most collectors are familiar with their series of .22 plinkers, and game-getters, their vast array of lever action brush guns, and their Glenfield series of shotguns. A group of firearms that even most die-hard Marlin experts don't remember is the M2000 series of precision target rifles. The 2000 series platform Marlin firearms decided to punch out of their comfort level...
  3. Marlin Hammer Spur Extensions

    If you mount a receiver-top scope on the roof of your Marlin lever-gun and need to still cock your hammer to fire, you are going to need an extension as the eyepiece is going to come back too far to squeeze any but the narrowest of thumbs into. Marlin has for a long time shipped the proper extension inside a small plastic bag stapled to the interior of the box. If your rifle is missing the box or was bought new, you may be missing it and have to find one. This short article will help you...
  4. The Marlin Sporting Carbine

    Marlin has been known for its lever-action rifles for decades; however, one particular version of them, the Sporting Carbine, is much rarer than others. The original 1893SC Marlin firearms, at the time based in New Haven, Connecticut, perfected their standard solid-top, side-ejection 1893 lever-action rifle in 1893 (hence the name) The gun, with a 24" standard barrel, was popular but some wanted something more handy. For this purpose Marlin shortened the barrel to 20-inches, dropped the...
  5. The Marlin Guide Gun

    Need a hard-hitting brush gun capable of taking any game in North America? Well the Marlin Guide Gun could be the answer to those needs. Why the Guide Gun? The brush gun has long been defined as a handy rifle with a large heavy bullet. Usually lever-actions, hinge-breaks, or short action carbines, these guns are chambered in rounds like .30-.30, .300 Savage, and .35 Remington. While suitable for white tail, wolves, and small bear, these rounds are a little light when chasing elk and...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
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