Marlin Firearms is famous for its lever action rifles and for its .22 rimfire rifles.
In 2003, Marlin Firearms acquired the assets of H&R 1871, the world’s largest manufacturer of single-shot shotguns and rifles. This gave Marlin Fireams control over the brands Harrington & Richardson, Wesson & Harrington, and New England Firearms.
In addition, Marlin Firearms acquired the L.C. Smith company in 1945 and sells firearms under that name.
Perhaps the most popular Marlin firearm is the Marlin 336 lever-action rifle.
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Marlin Firearms, one of the country’s largest and oldest manufacturers of lever-action rifles, announced in November that the company had purchased the assets of H&R 1871, the world’s largest manufacturer of break-action, single-shot rifles and shotguns. According to Marlin executives, production of H&R 1871 guns will continue at that company’s Gardener, Mass., plant, with no “significant changes” anticipated in either personnel or production.
Articles on Marlin Rifles
This modern version of the old 1894 has a 22″ barrel and a short magazine tube holding six rounds. The stock is a straight-grip style with the normal good quality Marlin walnut used in both butt stock and forearm. The action contains a hammer block safety and, like all Marlins, is easily scoped.
Now we have a stainless steel lever action Marlin Model 1894 SS, and this just may be the ideal woods rifle. The material is the main thing to distinguish this model from other Marlin .44s. It’s compact with a 19.5-inch barrel and straight grip stock with 14-inch length of pull. These dimensions fit most folks and I found the little carbine to handle with ease.
Marlin recently unveiled an exciting offering of short, handy leverguns with octagonal barrels and straight grip stocks. Available on a limited basis through one particular distributor, Davidson’s, these guns come in both .41 Mag. and .45-70. Additionally, two new standard catalog items are Long Range Cowboy Leverguns in both .30-30 and .38-55.
If there is anything that even comes close to rivaling a big-bore sixgun when hunting deer, bear, or wild hogs in heavy brush or timber, it is a short-barreled lever-action chambered in a big-bore sixgun or rifle cartridge.
Fast, handy, and powerful — this new .444 from Marlin fills all the requirements of the perfect brush gun.
The New Model 1897 Cowboy rifle has the same look and feel of the commemorative version, but sports a plain-sided receiver with no engraving or gold inlays.
Articles on Marlin Shotguns
Marlin has resurrected rimfire shotguns with its new Model 25MG “Garden Gun.” This bolt-action seven-shot repeater chambers potent .22 WMR shotshells made exclusively by CCI. Its 22″ barrel has no pattern-destroying lands or grooves. This gun is specifically designed for shotshell use. It can also fire standard .22 Magnum bulleted ammo, but don’t expect stellar accuracy.
Articles on Marlin Ammunition
In collaboration with Hornady, Marlin has created a new levergun cartridge that is ideal for deer or black bear in brush country.
If simply looking for a big bore levergun cartridge that would readily handle anything in North America short of the big bears, the choice would be a .444 Marlin. Come to think of it, even with the big bears included this would not be such a bad choice.
The .444 Marlin fills an important shooting niche. It does with a 300 gr. bullet what the .45-70 accomplishes with a 400 gr. bullet. Accompanying recoil is, of course, significantly less. Hornady, Sierra and Speer all now offer 300 gr. bullets suitable for use in the .444 Marlin. Accuracy with them is superb.
The new cartridge, called the .450 Marlin, may not bear a magnum label, but it still gives magnum-style performance.
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Books on Marlin Firearms
A history of Marlin firearms from 1863 to the present – the company and the men who made it. Includes details of all models of rifles and the many other Marlin products.
Learn how to make your own “poor man’s MP5” from the popular and affordable Marlin .22. This versatile, ultracompact machine pistol will shoot 1,500+ rpm like the MP5 but is half the size of the German import in weight and length. Construction requiresonly common tools and materials.