Marlin Firearms Co, is a manufacturer of semi automatic, lever action and bolt action rifles. In the past, the company made shotguns, derringurs and revolvers.
Marlin Firearms was founded in the 1870s by John Marlin. Marlin produced lever-action rifles and pump-action shotguns in competition with Winchester. In World War I Marlin became one of the largest machine gun producers in the world for the US and its Allies. In 1917 Marlin Rockwell bought out the Hopkins and Allen arms Company to promote an expanded line of firearms and restore the image of the Marlin company as makers of "sporting arms".
Marlin Firearms labored for a century as an underdog levergun maker to Winchester (formerly of New Haven). However, in the 1980s and 1990s, Marlin finally began to outpace its old rival. It is currently the dominant seller of lever-action rifles in North America. Its use of side ejection allows for flat-topped firearms, thereby making the mounting of scopes easier than for traditional Winchesters. This helped Marlin capture more market share as American shooters came to rely more and more on optics. Marlins are larger, stronger and heavier than most of the comparable Winchester line, allowing Marlin to use higher powered cartridges such as the .45-70. Marlin's model 1894 lever-action rifles and carbines are available in handgun calibers, such as 357 and 44 magnum making them suitable companion long guns for revolvers in those calibers.
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