Thursday, May 5, 2011

The Marlin

The Marlin Glenfield has been a staple for shooters for decades. The first rifle for many shooters is the model 60. It is an accurate reliable and cost effective fire arm. Meet is big brother, the Camp Carbine Model 9. Marlin introduced the Model 9, and its bigger brother the model 45 in 1985. Using the same mag as the Smith and Wesson 59 series of pistols, and the 1911 for the model 45, made for a ready companion piece for many shooters. The Marlin shipped with a twelve rounder that did not interchange, but 20 and 30 round mags were also available. Production ceased in 1999, a victim of unconstitutional meddling by a congress bent on ignoring the constitution.
The rifle is a fun to shoot easy to maintain system. it is a highly functional varmint gun, and when fitted with a scope, an excellent choice for shooting in areas where something larger then a 22 is desired, but a full scale hunting rifle would be too much.
Its simple blow back design makes it a relatively low maintenance weapon in terms of parts to fail. It needs regular cleaning and lubrication like any gun to keep it reliable. Most common failures are the buffer, and bolt spring. Many experts recommend an upgraded spring. It cuts down on wear on the buffer, and they shoot great.
The Marlin isn't a black gun. Synthetic stocks are available though from companies like ram line for folks who want it in flat black.
Marlin was acquired by Remington in 2007, bringing together two of the finest hunting rifle manufacturers in America, along with military arms manufacturers DPMS and Bushmaster. This foursome, known as the Freedom Group is in turn owned by Cerberus Capital Management.
I would like to see the Camp 9 and 45 make a comeback. there is a market for these trusty rifles, one that won't dry up and is desperate to be fed. Freedom Group has the capability and the market names to do it.

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