Gun Library ArticleMarlin Firearms
From all of the personalities that helped in the making of firearms history, John Marlin was one of the most important and impressive ones. The first two models that he produced are still made today and throughout time he has managed to maintain the highest standards of quality for the products standing under the Marlin brand. Let’s take a look at some of his most famous models, along with their characteristics and their many qualities.
1895 model – one of the most famous ever manufactured by Marlin firearms, with a 22’’ barrel and especially adapted for the .45-70 cartridge. This gun was designed by the already famous C.H. Ballard and was especially known for its black walnut pistol grip stock. The cut checkering feature and the swivel studs make this model particularly attractive, not to mention the tubular magazine designed for 4-shots. Respecting the same lever-action mechanism and having an innovative block safety, the 1895 Marlin remained in history as one of the most ingenious lever-action rifles ever designed. Modern features have made this classical model even better, being especially regarded with favor by true gun enthusiasts.
From what we have seen so far about Winchester and his company, we could say that he was an extraordinary man and that he managed to leave an incredible legacy for the American gun making industry. The 1866 model used the same cartridges as the Henry repeating rifle did, with a .44 caliber but had other major improvements for the magazine and came with a forearm consisting of wood. It was more than improved, it was made up to perfection and it was a strong proof that the name of Winchester was going to last.
336 A model – made in the same classic style that Marlin Firearms always believed in, this particular firearm has a 6-shot tubular magazine and a 20’’barrel. The model is in fact a current improvement of the well-known 336 C model, having undergone minor modifications and also a more competitive price. The stock is made from hardwood with the same cut checkering and pivot studs. For true guns enthusiasts, there is the scope mount feature, extremely cool. It is a lever-action rifle with side ejection and metal surfaces. The innovative block safety is implemented also in this model and there is a special offset hammer spur for range usage.
When Marlin Firearms started to focus on producing firearms for the sporting industry, it wasn’t a bad decision. Using the various designs of C.H. Ballard, they’ve produced one of the first short rifles in the American gun history, especially chambered for the .44 Magnum cartridges. The 20’’barrel, the lever-action mechanism and the walnut grip stock represent just three of the many features that made this gun so popular. There are also other characteristics, well-known by true gun collectors, including the solid top receiver for scope mount and the ramp front sight. This model speaks of quality and of high performance, being one other example of the greatness behind Marlin firearms.
1894C model - various improvements were brought to this specially made model, including the chambering for .357 Magnums and .38 special. The 9-shot tubular magazine and the 18.5’’ barrel make this a fine little rifle to play with. It is just one of the many beautiful lever-action rifles manufactured by Marlin firearms. The grip stock is made from black walnut, with cut checkering and swivel studs. It has an amazing twist rate of only one minute and few seconds, plus ramp front sight, hammer front sight and wide scan hood for enhanced vision. You can really demonstrate your passion for firearms and especially rifles with this one particular model.
1894CL model – 22’’ barrel and semi-buckhorn rear have made this model an all-time favorite. Using the same walnut grip stock and metal surfaces, you can be sure that this is a fine model indeed. The twist rate is improved as in the other models and it is incredible light to carry. The tubular magazine is adapted for 6-shots and the model is adapted for the .32-20 caliber. It certainly retains some of the classic features that Marlin firearms always provided but at the same time has some new characteristics added.
1894FG model – true hallmark for Marlin’s quality firearms; fitted with walnut grip stock, cut checkering and swivel studs. 20’’ round barrel, 10-shot tubular magazine and lever-action mechanism. Perfect if you want a weapon that is both powerful and beautiful. Its key features are presented just as in the other 1894 models, all of them classics for Marlin Firearms.
1894SS model – first series of stainless steel rifles, chambered for the special Magnum 44. It has a 10-shot tubular magazine, an incredible firepower and velocity advantage. If you are a true hunter, then this is the gun you want. The stainless steel makes it ideal to be used on any kind of weather, the walnut grip stock is ideal for easy handling and the increased level of accuracy helps you get that animal you are hunting for more quickly than you’ve ever imagined. This lever-action rifle has hammer block safety, cut checkering and side ejection. The twist rate is lower than in other 1894s but it manages to compensate with other incredible features such as the ones presented above. A genuine rifle for genuine huntsmen!
1894 Cowboy model – special rifle made especially for… cowboys! Especially chambered for the .45 Colt, .357 Magnum or .44 Magnum, this rifle is both elegant and potent. Its features include: pointed octagon barrel, walnut stock grip, squared finger lever and side ejection. With this gun, you can really feel like you are in the Wild Wild West. Giddy up, cowboy!
39 model – an improvement from the original 1891 model, it is one of the oldest shoulder firearms in the world that is currently still in production. The very first rifle that John Marlin produced, it was chambered for the renowned .22 cartridge and has become a legend over time. Some even say that every other rifle that has been produced and chambered for the .22 long-rifle cartridge is appreciated after the ever-lasting 39 model. And they are right to consider that 39 model as a standard. The solid top receiver and the incredible strength of this model are just two of the several attributes that have made it so incredibly famous. And if we were to also think about the hammer block safety, the easy disassembling and the finely crafted black walnut grip stock, we would certainly consider those attributes as well. Based on the features of other Marlin firearms such as the lever-action mechanism, it is a fine firearm and one that has a special closure system.
717M2 model – we now pass onto the latest models, seeing for ourselves what technology has been able to take the Marlin name to! This rifle is both modern and incredibly resistant, featuring an 18’’ barrel and a hardwood grip stock. It is in fact an auto-loading carbine based on the rim-fire system and the scope mount features. If you want the ultimate rifle equipped with all the features you could wish for, this is the one for you. And if you are really interested in the latest from Marlin firearms, then check out the 912 M2 model, based on the repeating bolt-action mechanism and the 22’’ heavy barrel. The innovative T900 control system for firepower that was just introduced and the 7-shot magazine might make you consider once more the incredible quality provided by Marlin firearms. History is still continuing to be written for Marlin’s company and there are more innovations to be discovered!
Useful Link for Marlin Collectors: The Marlin Firearms Collectors Association - The Association purpose is to organize and maintain a membership for educational, charitable, scientific and literary purposes; to promote a friendship and camaraderie amongst those interested in the collecting and study of Marlin-made firearms; The holding of regularly scheduled meetings for the sake of conducting the Association business, to display and exchange artifacts and disseminate information on Marlin arms; to collect, research and preserve arms for posterity.