Marlin 150th Anniversary rifles
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From Marlin . . .

In 1870, John M. Marlin set out to build firearms that matched America’s fierce independent spirit. Although rifles, pistols and shotguns of nearly every type would bear the Marlin brand, his singular accomplishment would be a lever action of exceptional strength, smoothness and accuracy – hallmarks of the legendary lever guns that outperform all others to this day.

Marlin proudly marks its 150th anniversary with the modern descendants of that same lever action – now built with the tightest manufacturing tolerances in our history and custom-grade performance enhancements rarely seen in a lever-gun platform. Long live the adventurous spirit of the woods and the right to pursue wild game. Long live American innovation and pride in craft.


Marlin 150th Anniversary rifles


  • 24” half octagon, half round barrel
  • Engraved receiver with gold inlay
  • C- grade American black walnut stock and fore end
  • Hand-fitted stock and fore end
  • Historical checkering pattern
  • Skinner ladder sights
  • Special serial number
  • Commemorative box
  • Chambered in 444 Marlin

Marlin 150th Anniversary rifles


  • 19” stainless steel barrel
  • American black walnut stock
  • Adjustable sights
  • 150 Year Anniversary medallion in stock
  • Special serial number
  • 14 round tubular magazine
  • Chambered in .22 LR

Marlin 150th Anniversary rifles

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      • I never saw the need for a souped up .44 magnum. If you needed a pistol bullet out of a rifle barrel with more oompah you probably needed a rifle bullet.

        That’s a sweet looking rifle. Make it a .44 mag and I’d give it a thought.

        • I’ve got a Thomson Center Contender in 444 Marlin and I really like it. I mean, three 8 point bucks can’t be wrong. They all dropped right in their tracks.

    • .444? Who needs an oddball caliber like that? They shoulda made a special model of their 1894CB.

      • I figure they picked a caliber with Marlin in the name for their anniversary.

        I guess they could have gone with the 450 Marlin.

  1. Shame their quality didn’t didn’t stay consistent over all that time.

    Seriously, Marlin/Remington, if you have to charge more for improved quality, so be it.

    • In order to improve the quality of Marlin,Remington would have to be out of the picture or nothing will change, it would still come out Remlin.

  2. It was just the first few years of production that Remington had problems taking over the Marlin brand. The last three or four years produced are as good or better than the last of the original Marlins. In fact the 2018 45/70 ‘Trapper’ I own now, is a better gun than the 2002 45/70 guide gun (That I sold) that Marlin built…

  3. Nothing against Henry rimfire rifles but I despise the narrow foregrips on them. Please, Marlin, put the Model 39 back on the shelves for consumers. Maybe one in .22 WinMag?

    (I know…not going to happen. Uberti has dropped their rimfire rifles. Mossberg has dropped their .22 Model 464 [with its infinite asinine safeties]. Henry is the only game in town for lever-action plinking…)

  4. Happy anniversary, Marlin. I hope you find your roots.

    One of my most prized firearms is a Marlin .22LR copy of the M1 carbine. Tube fed semi-auto with an oiled walnut stock that has a squirrel carved into the side, that has done for a veritable truckload of critters over the years.

    Some day I’ll buy one of their earlier lever guns. They fit me better than the Henrys I’ve had occasion to shoulder.

  5. I have a 1895 GS 45-70 and it is very good in quality and almost butter smooth. I love to shoot it!

  6. I miss the 1889 Marlin I usde o own in .44-40. Needed money badly, sold it to a collector along with the story of how it came to be bolted across the roof beams of an old bar, bending the receiver and barrel. Removed the split/stuck case and bullet halfway down the barrel. An excellent gunsmith in Arizona cleared the chamber and barrel, polished the chamber, straightened the receiver, had to trim the barrel a little bit and re-crown it. After that it shot just fine. Made a hefty profit selling to that collector of old west boomsticks.

    But damnitall … I do miss that rusty old piece of America.

  7. In the market for a .22 – and I like nicer toys – this model 60 interests me…if I knew that they had been extra careful with manufacturing. How could somebody find that out?

    • As a member of the Marlin Firearms Collectors Association, we have had an interest in both of these guns. We know that the 39A they built for us to auction this year to our members was totally hand built and fitted and that the wood was very high quality. We have been told the .444s were carefully built and that the wood is also high grade. The Model 60 has better wood, but as to the mechanicals we don’t have much information.

      They are both limited production models and intended for collectors..

      The .444 has a lot more punch than a .44 magnum. I have rountinly used .44 magnums on black bear, but for the bigger bears the 444 is a much better choice.

    • If you’re not sure the walnut and whatever additional polishing they may or may not have done are worth paying the extra $200, just buy a regular one off the shelf. You’ll be glad you did. There’s no better bang for the buck in a .22 rifle than a Marlin Model 60. Those little guys are more accurate than guns that cost 2-3x as much, and they just keep on running.

    • From things I have read the model 60 didn’t suffer the same fate as the rest of the Marlin line, poor QC to start and then improved. My model 60 is pre-Remington, but I won’t use it for bunny hunting any more, it wasn’t fair for the bunnies. I have the orange front sight and if the rabbits are in snow they are too easy to get on target.

  8. I have three of the older Marlins in .44 mag and two in 30-30 and bought a new Trapper 45-70 SBL last year, and happy to say the new one is on par with the old ones. In fact, in some ways it’s superior. I need one in .357 next.

  9. I’ll give my money to Henry if I want a lever action. Just read a review of of the Henry long ranger in Dillon Press this Month, nice rifle.

    • I’ve got the Henry. From the reviews I’ve read I’m not really sure it’s any better than the Marlin.

  10. If they wanted to mark 150 years, bringing back the 39A to regular production with sane prices would be the way to do it, not a semi-auto.

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