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    Model 1895

    Fore end tips with swivel studs are not offered for rifles with octagon barrels.  Many Cowboy Action Shooting events and sanctioning bodies require "Period Correct" reproduction or original firearms.  Swivel studs and slings are not permitted by many of these.

    Model 1894

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    Model 336

    XT Series

    Model 60

    Model 795

    General

    Gun Service: 1-800-544-8892

    Consumer Service Dept: 1-800-544-8892

    Marlin Firearms does not provide larger capacity magazines.  Please see your dealer for available aftermarket clip magazines.

    Local regulations may restrict the capacity you are allowed to legally load into your firearm.  This would require either the modification of the magazine tube to permanently restrict it , or the addition of a magazine plug similar to one used in a shotgun magazine.  Marlin does not offer a magazine tube plug, but one can easily be fabricated from a wooden dowel rod or other suitable material.  Installed between the magazine tube end plug and the follower, this should effectively limit the capacity to meet local regulations.

    While Marlin does not offer peep or tang sights, both Lyman and Williams Gun Sight Co. manufacture peep sights. Lyman offers a tang sight for many of our models.

    Marlin does not offer synthetic stocks for our lever action rifles.  Synthetic stocks are available from some online accessory part dealers.

    Details regarding Marlin Ballard Rifles.

    BALLARD RIFLES

    John M. Marlin started manufacturing the Ballard rifle in 1875 and it remained in production until about 1890.  

    During the Civil War, the U.S. purchased over 1,000 Ballard carbines.  Government tests in 1866 indicated the Ballard could be fired at the rate of 18 times a minute. All Ballards prior to Marlin's production were for use only with rim-fire ammunition.  Marlin-manufactured  Ballard had both numerical and noun model designations.  The numbers used were from 1 to 10, with fractions, such as 1 1/2, to identify some variations.

     

    It appears that not long after John Marlin got into full production of the Ballard, different combinations of the available features could be specially ordered.  As a result, there are many fine Ballards that do not fit any category, ad description, or model number precisely.  To add to the confusion, the Ballard was a favorite of custom-stock, accessory, and barrel manufacturers; this resulted in many changes being made to the original factory product at the request of the owner.  Therefore, many special-order Ballards were produced by both Marlin and custom gunsmiths.

     

    Among the various standard models can be found at least four types of barrels, three types of receivers, three different types of extractors, eight different levers, three different triggers, two types of hammers, four different-shaped butt plates, four variations of buttstocks, three types of breech blocks, and numerous types of front and rear sights.  The forestocks made by J.M. Marlin and The Marlin Fire Arms Company had a schnabel front end and were of at least three different shapes. 

     

    Throughout the years of production, Ballard's were available in a wide range of calibers. From the familiar .22 short cartridge to the 50 - 70 Govt., the Ballard could fit any shooting situation. Other calibers for which this model was chambered were 32 - 40 Ballard, 38 - 55 Ballard, 44 - 40 Winchester, 40 - 70 Sharps, 44 - 100 Ballard Everlasting and 44 Extra Long Ballard.

     

    In all, there were 20 cataloged and identified models of Ballard rifles manufactured by J.M. Marlin and The Marlin Fire Arms Company.

     

    Please bear in mind that Marlin has no parts and cannot service these rifles.

     

    CARTRIDGES FOR WHICH BALLARD RIFLES WERE CHAMBERED

    MODEL CALIBER
    No. 1 .44 Long Rim or Centerfire
    No. 1½ .40-65 Everlasting 2⅜”, .45/70, .40-63
    No. 1¾ Same as above.
    No. 2 .32 & .38 Long Rim or Centerfire, .41 Long Ballard, .44 Extra Long Ballard Centerfire, 44/40 Winchester, .22 Short & Long Rimfire,  .22 Extra Long, .22WCF
    No. 3F .22 Long Rimfire
    No. 3½ .40-65 Everlasting 2⅜”
    No. 4 .40-70, .44 –77 Sharps, .50-70 Govt.,.38-50 Ballard Everlasting 1 15/16”, .40-65 Ballard, .40-63 Everlasting, .38-55 Everlasting, .40-70 Ballard Everlasting 2⅜”, .44-75 Ballard Everlasting 2¼”, .32-40  
    No. 4¼ .40-70 Sharps, .40-90 Sharps, .38-50 Ballard Everlasting, .44-77 Sharps, 
    .44-90 Sharps 2⅝” & 2⅞”, .40-90 Ballard, .44-75 Everlasting 2½”,
     .44-100 Ballard
    No. 4½ A-1 .38-50 Ballard Everlasting 1 15/16 “, .40-65
    No. 5 .40-70 Sharps, .44-77 Sharps, .50-70 Govt., .38-50 Everlasting 1 15/16”,
     .40-65 Everlasting 2⅜”, .40-90 Everlasting 2 15/16”, .44-75 Everlasting 2¼”, 
    .45-70 Govt. 2 1/10”, .44-100 Ballard Everlasting 2 13/16”, .38-55 Everlasting, 
    .44-63 Everlasting, .40-85 Everlasting, .45-100 Everlasting, .44-40 Winchester  
    No. 5½ .45 Sharps 2⅞”
    No. 6 .40-65 Everlasting 2⅜”, .44-75 Everlasting, .38-50 Everlasting 1 15/16”, .38-55 Ballard
    No. 6½ .38-50 Everlasting, .40-65 Everlasting, .38-55 Ballard, .32-40 Ballard
    No. 7 .44-100 Ballard Everlasting 2 13/16” & 2⅝”
    No. 7½ .44-100 Ballard Everlasting
    No. 8 .32-40 Ballard, .38-55 Ballard
    No. 9 Same as # 8
    No. 10 Same as # 8

    BALLARD MODELS – PRODUCTION BY YEARS

    MODEL DATES
    NO. 1 HUNTERS 1876 - 1880
    NO. 1 ½  HUNTERS 1879 - 1883
    NO.  1  3/4 FAR WEST  1879 - 1882
    NO. 2 SPORTING 1876 - 1888
    NO. 3 GALLERY 1876 - 1888
    NO. 3 F GALLERY 1882 - 1887
    NO. 3 ½ TARGET 1880 - 1881
    NO. 4 PERFECTION 1876 - 1888
    NO. 4 ½ MID-RANGE 1878 - 1881
    NO. 4 ½ A-1 1879 - 1883
    NO. 5 PACIFIC 1876 - 1888
    NO. 5 ½ MONTANA 1882 - 1883
    NO. 6 SCHUETZEN 1876 - 1888
    NO. 6 ½ RIGBY O.H. 1876 - 1888
    NO. 7 LONG RANGE 1877 - 1882, 1886 - 1887
    NO. 7 A-1 LONG RANGE 1877 - 1880
    NO. 8 UNION HILL 1884 - 1888
    NO. 9 UNION HILL 1884 - 1888
    NO. 10 JUNIOR SCHUETZEN 1884 - 1888
     

    Big loop finger levers can be installed on centerfire lever action rifles with pistol grip style stocks.  They do require fitting by a qualified gunsmith and are restricted to FFL licensed shops.  Big loop levers will not fit rifles with straight grip style stocks. 

    Marlin guns are designed and manufactured to handle standard factory-loaded ammunition with dependability and safety. Due to the many bullet and load options available, the element of judgment involved, the skill required, and the fact that serious injuries have resulted from dangerous hand loads, Marlin does not make any recommendations with regard to hand loaded ammunition.

     

    General information concerning reloading may be obtained from the National Rifle Association through their online store at www.nrastore.com.

    Reloading manuals and recipes are available through the following companies:

    Alliant Powder-- (800) 276-9337
    IMR Powder-- (518) 563-2253
    Accurate Powder-- (800) 416-3006
    Hodgdon Powder-- (800) 622-4366

    Nosler Bullets-- (800) 285-3701
    Sierra Bullets-- (800) 223-8799
    Hornady Bullets-- (800) 338-3220

    Many consumers request information regarding the use of NATO ammunition in their firearms.  While we realize that some ammunition guides show interchangeability between some of these rounds (5.56 in .223 Remington or 7.62 x 51 in .308 Winchester), use of and NATO cartridges is not recommended in a gun chambered for the commercial variation of the cartridge.  There are large pressure discrepancies between these two versions of a similar cartridge which could result in damage to the firearm or expedited wear on the gun itself. 

     

    We do not recommend using any cartridge in any firearm whose barrel stamp does not match the head stamp of the cartridge exactly.

    We can no longer service some discontinued and older models. Models 336 and 39A's that are more than 50 years old and semi auto 22's more than 30 years old cannot be serviced by Marlin. Please call the Marlin Service Department (800-544-8892) with the model and serial number of your firearm if you have any question regarding serviceability.

    Repairs Services

    To provide enhanced repair and return service, we are now requiring that consumers contact our customer service team at: 800-544-8892 to obtain a Service Request Number (SRN) prior to shipping any product to the Company or Authorized Service Center. This will allow for improved tracking of returns and ensure all consumers benefit from a faster and more reliable process.

    No return will be accepted without an SRN on the shipping label. Packages sent without the required SRN will not be accepted and marked Return to Sender.

    If shipment of your firearm is required please follow instructions below:

    • Record the serial number of your firearm before shipping.
    • Pack your firearm for safety and to prevent further damage in shipping and handling. Preferably, ship in a firearm box.
    • Clearly mark your return address on the outside of the box and your accompanying letter.
    • Remove all accessories from the firearm to prevent loss or damage.
    • Enclose a letter with the firearm detailing the model name or number of the firearm and serial number along with a full description of the problem. Be sure to include your name and address (P.O. Box and Street Address), including zip code, daytime telephone number and e-mail address.
    • Ship your firearm by either United Parcel Service (UPS) or Parcel Post (US Post Office); Marlin firearms is not responsible for damage or loss during shipment, so you may elect to purchase insurance from the carrier.

    Canadian Repairs:
      The Gravel Agency
      1530 Provinciale Street
      Quebec, Qc, G1N 4A2
      Phone #: 866-662-4869
      Fax #: 4186823343

    The barrel can be replaced if it is done so as part of a repair.  We do not offer barrel exchanges from micro-groove to Ballard style rifling as a conversion option.

    YES!

    Craft your dream firearm from a choice of options that include caliber, barrel type, trigger pull weight, wood finish, engravings, inlays and more.

    Contact info@marlincustom.com or call 605-347-4686 for more information!

    Or contact one of our dealers listed here.

    Marlin does not offer replacement fiber optic sights for models not originally equipped with fiber optic sights.  Hi-Viz and TruGlo both offer replacement fiber optic sights.  Marlin rifles use standard 3/8 dovetails on both rear sights and front sight inserts.

    All Marlin lever action rifles utilize cross bolt safeties.  Safeties were added to the entire line of rifles in 1984.

    Product catalogs and owner's manuals can be downloaded free from our website.

     

    Owner's manuals for our most current products can be found through our website here.

     

    The latest catalog can be downloaded through the front page of our website here.

     

    If you are not able to download an Owner's Manual or need a copy of an older manual, please send your name and address to:
    P.O. Box 1871
    Madison, NC 27025
    Be sure to specify the model name and serial number of the specific firearms.

    While we do not offer parts for all Marlin firearms, you may wish to contact your local dealer or call our parts department at 1-800-544-8892 M-F 9am-5pm EST. 

     

    Schematics and part names can be found in your owner's manual or you can download an owner's manual through the following link here.

    To find out more information on your Marlin Firearm, please email us at info@marlinfirearms.com and give us all the information on the particular firearm, including model, serial number, caliber, barrel markings, etc. You can also call us at 800-544-8892.
    We will furnish general information on that model. If you would like specific Marlin (or L.C. Smith) serial number information, the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming can research your serial number(s) for a fee (see below). The old serial numbers are quite complete for the years 1883 to 1906 (serial numbers 4096 to 355,000), for the following models:

    • 1881
    • 1889
    • 1892
    • 1894
    • 1897
    • 1888
    • 1891
    • 1893
    • 1895
    • 1889 pump shotgun (serial #s 19,601 to 67,000)      

    In most cases the records include the model number, date of shipment from the factory, barrel length and type (round, octagon, etc.), and whether the stock had a pistol grip. They do not include to whom the gun was shipped. Extra features, such as checkering or engraving, are seldom listed. Serial number information for models other than those listed above are not available. Records after 1906 are not available. The L.C. Smith shotgun records of the Hunter Arms Company, and for those manufactured by Marlin are also quite complete, and include more details. (No L.C. Smith information exists for any guns manufactured in Syracuse, NY).

    When corresponding with the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, be sure to furnish as much pertinent information as possible about the gun (model number, serial number, patent dates, caliber, barrel length, etc.).

    Cody Firearms Museum - Att:Marlin Records
    Buffalo Bill Historical Center
    P.O. Box 1000
    Cody, WY 82414

    We are confident that your dealings with the Buffalo Bill Center will be to your satisfaction.

    We can no longer service some discontinued and older models. Models 336 and 39A's that are more than 50 years old and semi auto 22's more than 30 years old cannot be serviced by Marlin. Please call the Marlin Service Department (800-544-8892) with the model and serial number of your firearm if you have any question regarding serviceability.

    Repairs Services

    To provide enhanced repair and return service, we are now requiring that consumers contact our customer service team at: 800-544-8892 to obtain a Service Request Number (SRN) prior to shipping any product to the Company or Authorized Service Center. This will allow for improved tracking of returns and ensure all consumers benefit from a faster and more reliable process.

    No return will be accepted without an SRN on the shipping label. Packages sent without the required SRN will not be accepted and marked Return to Sender.

    If shipment of your firearm is required please follow instructions below:

    • Record the serial number of your firearm before shipping.
    • Pack your firearm for safety and to prevent further damage in shipping and handling. Preferably, ship in a firearm box.
    • Clearly mark your return address on the outside of the box and your accompanying letter.
    • Remove all accessories from the firearm to prevent loss or damage.
    • Enclose a letter with the firearm detailing the model name or number of the firearm and serial number along with a full description of the problem. Be sure to include your name and address (P.O. Box and Street Address), including zip code, daytime telephone number and e-mail address.
    • Ship your firearm by either United Parcel Service (UPS) or Parcel Post (US Post Office); Marlin firearms is not responsible for damage or loss during shipment, so you may elect to purchase insurance from the carrier.

    Canadian Repairs:
      The Gravel Agency
      1530 Provinciale Street
      Quebec, Qc, G1N 4A2
      Phone #: 866-662-4869
      Fax #: 4186823343

    The .308 Marlin Express was designed in conjunction with Hornady Manufacturing.  We worked closely with Hornady in the development of a rifle and ammunition combination that would be unique to Marlin Firearms.  The two rounds have very similar ballistics and ranges, but are not interchangeable.  .308 Winchester ammunition will not cycle or chamber in Marlin .308 MX or .308 MXLR rifles.

    The fit of the magazine tube corresponds with the dovetail cut in the bottom of the barrel for the magazine tube stud.  In order to replace the factory installed tube with a different length, this dovetail would need to be moved to match the length of the magazine tube being installed.  Marlin does not offer this service, but some qualified gunsmiths may perform this operation.

    A Tradition of Performance and Safety.

    Your rifle has been made to Marlin's strictest standards of safety and reliability. It has been proof tested with high pressure load, function fired, and checked for accuracy at the factory. Built with tradition and engineered to last, your rifle is the product of over 135 years of Marlin technology.

    Before You Use This Firearm

    It is very important that you read and understand this manual before using your new rifle. Warnings should be read and heeded carefully. Always follow the "Ten Commandments of Firearm Safety," listed in this manual. Failure to follow these rules, warnings, or other instructions in this manual, can result in personal injury or death.

    Safety is Critical to Performance.

    A superbly crafted firearm is only as good as the hands that hold it. You can never be too careful. Shooting accidents are often caused by careless oversights such as failing to control the direction of the muzzle, failing to fully engage the safety, leaving ammunition in the chamber or using improper loads. These oversights can result in the destruction of life, limb or property. There's no calling back a bullet once it's been fired, so it's critical that you know the principles of safe firearm handling and storage before you ever take your new Marlin firearm out of the box.

    The proper use and performance of your firearm depends on correct assembly and maintenance, so it's critical that you familiarize yourself with the information in this instruction book. Even if you're a veteran shooter with a collection of Marlin firearms, take the time to read this literature. Not all firearms are the same. That means the first step in safe handling is to learn the features and requirements of your new Marlin.

    The Ten Commandments of Firearm Safety should be etched in your memory forever. Let them govern your action wherever and whenever you’re involved with firearms. In the field. On the range. Or in your home. Please take the time to review and understand these rules.

    1st Commandment: Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.

    This is the most important firearm safety rule. A safe direction is one in which an accidental discharge will not cause injury to yourself or others. Never allow your firearm to point at anything you don't intend to shoot. Be especially careful when you're loading or unloading. Treat every firearm as if it were loaded. And make it a habit to know where the muzzle is pointed at all times, even when your firearm is un-loaded. No one will be injured by an accidental discharge if you keep your firearm pointed in a safe direction. It's as simple as that.

    2nd Commandment: Firearms should be unloaded when not actually in use.

    Load your firearm only when you're in the field or on the target range and ready to fire. Never let a loaded firearm out of your sight or out of your hands. Unload it as soon as you're finished shooting - before you bring it into your car, camp or home. Remember, unloading your firearm means unloading it completely, so there is no ammunition in the chamber or in the magazine. Before handling a firearm or passing it to someone else, visually check the chamber, receiver and magazine to be certain they do not contain ammunition. Always keep the firearm's action open when not in use. Never assume a firearm is unloaded even if you were the last person to use it. Always check for yourself.

    • Let common sense rule when you carry a loaded firearm. If you're in a situation that could risk accidental discharge - such as crossing a fence, wading through a stream or climbing a tree - always unload your firearm. Never pull or push a loaded firearm toward yourself or another person. Never carry a loaded firearm in a scabbard, detached holster or gun case.
    • Certain firearms (including some Marlin rifles and shotguns) are equipped with internal security devices to prevent unauthorized use. In addition, some firearms owners use external devices, such as cable locks and trigger blocks, for the same purpose. Even if you use such a device, you should still keep your firearm unloaded when stored or not in use. And using internal or external devices cannot substitute, however, for securing your firearms and ammunition in a separate, locked location.
    • Safe storage of firearms is just as critical as safe handling. Never store firearms loaded. Be sure to keep your firearms in a secure place where unauthorized persons cannot get their hands on them without your knowledge.
    • Take special care if there are children around. Children are fascinated by firearms. It's a natural curiosity that can have tragic consequences when not properly supervised. Store your firearms in a locked gun safe or some other location that physically bars a child from gaining access.
    • Ammunition should be stored and locked in a location separate from your firearm. Never leave an unsecured firearm or ammunition in a closet, dresser drawer or under the bed. Remember, it is your responsibility to make sure that children and others unfamiliar with firearms cannot get access to your firearm and ammunition.
       

    3rd Commandment: Don't rely on your firearm's safety.

    Treat every Firearm as if it can fire at any time, whether or not there's pressure on the trigger. Your firearm has been carefully designed to maximize performance and safety. However, because a firearm's safety is a mechanical device, it could fail.

    Human error is a more likely reason for a firearm safety to fail. By mistake, you may think the safety is on when it really isn't. Or the safety may have been disengaged without your knowledge. Or you could think your firearm is unloaded when there's actually a cartridge or shell in it. A mechanical safety is not a substitute for common sense. It's merely a supplement to your proper handling of a firearm.

    Never touch the trigger on a firearm until you are ready to shoot. Keep your fingers away from the trigger when you're loading or unloading. And don't pull the trigger when the safety is engaged or positioned between safe and fire.

    Before using your firearm, read this instruction book to understand the exact location and operation of your firearm's safety. Even when the safety is on, maintain control of your loaded firearm and control the direction of the muzzle. In other words, don't rely on your safety to justify careless handling. If your firearm's internal mechanisms are broken or have been altered, your firearm may fire even when the safety is on. Remember, you and your safe firearm handling practices are your firearm's best safety.

    4th Commandment: Be sure of your target and what's beyond it.

    You can't stop a shot in mid-air, so never fire unless you know exactly where your shot is going and what it will strike. Never fire at a sound, a movement or a patch of color. A hunter in camouflage can easily be mistaken for a target by an impulsive shooter. Before you pull the trigger be absolutely sure of your target and what's behind it. Make sure the shot has a backstop such as a hillside or dense material like sand. Remember, bullets can travel great distances with tremendous velocity. Know how far your shot will go if you miss your target or the bullet ricochets.

    5th Commandment: Use proper ammunition.

    Every firearm is designed to use a certain caliber or gauge of ammunition. Using the wrong ammunition, mixing ammunition or using improperly reloaded ammunition can cause serious personal injury or death. And it only takes one cartridge or shotshell of the incorrect caliber or gauge, or which has been improperly reloaded, to destroy your firearm. It's your responsibility to make sure the ammunition you use exactly matches the caliber or gauge of your firearm. Refer to this instruction book to find out the specific requirements of your firearm. Always read and heed the instructions on ammunition boxes.

    Confusing shells or cartridges can cause serious personal injury or death and destroy your firearm. Examine your shells or cartridges closely and use only the precise caliber or gauge for your specific firearm. For example, suppose you accidentally loaded a 20 ga. shell into a 12 ga. shotgun. Because the 20 ga. shell is too small for the chamber, the 20 ga. shell could travel down the barrel and get lodged in the bore. If you then loaded a standard 12 ga. shell behind it and fired, the 12 ga. shot will slam into the lodged 20 ga. shell and may cause the barrel to explode right in your hand. This is commonly called a 12/20 burst, and it can kill you.

    Check all ammunition before you load it to make sure it matches your firearm's requirements. Every Marlin cartridge and shell is head-stamped with its caliber or gauge for easy identification. Likewise, you'll find the caliber or gauge of your new Marlin firearm imprinted on the barrel.

    Reloading Requires Extra Diligence.

    If you're an ammunition reloader, you are responsible for personally ensuring that the loads and components of your reloaded ammunition meet your firearm's factory-tested standards. Never use ammunition, which has been reloaded by someone else!

    Many shooters handload as a hobby or to save money on commercial, factory-made ammunition. However, it requires a thorough knowledge of reloading procedures and a deep respect for the explosive potential of gunpowder.

    Firearms are designed, manufactured and proof-tested to standards based on factory-loaded ammunition. Handloaded or reloaded ammunition that deviates, either intentionally or accidentally, from load or component recommendations can be very dangerous.

    Reloaders must observe all possible safety precautions and practices related to the proper handling of explosives. Whether you're a seasoned reloader or just starting out, you should study the subject, watch reloading demonstrations and talk to experienced reloaders.

    The first rule of reloading is to always follow the manufacturer's instructions for the components you're using. They'll tell you to follow certain guidelines. Namely:

    1. Don't mix or substitute powders or primers.
    2. Don't use unknown or substandard components.
    3. Use only suitable components that have been factory-tested by reputable ammunition, powder and bullet manufacturers.
    4. Always be sure to use the manufacturer's recommended recipe when reloading.

    Not following these guidelines could result in severe injury to yourself or severe damage to your firearm. Dangerously high pressure and explosions can result from an overcharge of powder or other deviations from established reloading guidelines. Be very careful. The process of reloading exposes you to environmentally hazardous material. Lead, which is known to cause cancer and birth defects, is the most common substance in bullets and shot. It is important to handle lead bullets and shot with extreme care. Work only in a well-ventilated area and always wash your hands after exposure and before eating. Never smoke while reloading.

    Primers and powders are also highly toxic and flammable. So after reloading be sure to clean up all materials from your work area. Don't leave primer or powder spills anywhere on the floor or bench top. Dispose of all waste material in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations.

    Finally, when reloading or handloading concentrate on what you're doing at all times. Do not be distracted by talking to others, listening to the radio or watching TV while reloading. Never reload after consuming alcoholic beverages or drugs of any kind. You are working with extremely hazardous materials and you can't risk even a few seconds of distraction. Remember, if you reload, you are the ammunition manufacturer and you are responsible for the performance and safety of your reloaded ammunition.

    6th Commandment: If your firearm fails to fire when the trigger is pulled, handle with care.

    If for some reason the ammunition doesn't fire when you pull the trigger, stop and remember the 1st Commandment of Firearm Safety - always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction. Keep your face away from the breech, then put the safety on, carefully open the action, unload the firearm and dispose of the cartridge safely. Remember that anytime there's a shell in the chamber, your firearm is loaded and ready to use. Even if you tried to shoot and your firearm didn't fire, treat your firearm as if it could still discharge.

    7th Commandment: Always wear eye and ear protection when shooting.

    Your sight and hearing risk injury from shooting and should be protected at all times. Wear protective shooting glasses to guard against falling shot, clay target chips, powder residue, ruptured cartridge cases and even twigs and branches in the field. Also be sure to wear eye protection when you're disassembling or cleaning a firearm so that tensioned parts (like springs) and cleaning solvents don't come in contact with your eyes. Continued exposure to shooting noise can permanently damage your hearing. On the range, where shooting volume is the loudest, be sure to use the maximum protection of a headset. Learn to use ear protection at all times.

    8th Commandment: Be sure the barrel is clear of obstructions before shooting.

    Before loading your firearm, open the action and make sure there's no ammunition in the chamber or magazine. Check the barrel for any obstructions or debris. Even a small amount of snow, mud, excess lubricant or grease in the bore can dangerously increase pressure and cause the barrel to bulge or burst when firing. Use a cleaning rod and patch to wipe away anti-rust compounds or any other residues or obstructions in the barrel. Never try to shoot out an obstruction by loading another shell and firing!

    When firing, rely on your instincts. If the noise or recoil of your firearm seems weak, stop everything, unload your firearm and be sure nothing is lodged in the barrel. Remember the 12/20 burst? That's what can happen when the barrel is obstructed. Always be sure you're using the correct ammunition in your firearm and that it's free of obstructions.

    9th Commandment: Don't alter or modify your firearm and have it serviced regularly.

    Your firearm has been designed to operate according to certain factory specifications. You'll jeopardize your safety and that of others around you by attempting to alter its trigger, mechanical safety or other mechanisms. So never alter or modify your firearm in any way.

    Like any mechanical device, a firearm is subject to wear. It must be maintained and periodically serviced to assure optimum safety and performance. Only a qualified service facility should service, repair or modify your Marlin firearm. Consult your instruction book for instructions on how to send your firearm to the factory or for the location of the nearest Marlin authorized repair station.

    Proper cleaning and lubrication are also important to firearm maintenance and are necessary to assure accuracy, safety and reliability. Before cleaning, always make sure that your firearm is completely unloaded. And always clean the barrel from the chamber end to the muzzle when possible.

    Make it a practice to clean your bore every time you're going to shoot. Be sure to clean your entire firearm before and after long-term storage and no less than once a year. It's also important to clean your firearm whenever it's been exposed to adverse conditions such as rain, dirt, mud, snow, sleet or saltwater.

    For safe and dependable operation of your firearm, all parts of your firearm must be properly cleaned and lubricated. Periodically inspect the internal workings of your firearm to be sure they're clean and free of rust, unwanted dirt and debris.

    Use recommended lubricants on your firearm and do not over-lubricate. Excessive use of a non-recommended lubricant could adversely affect the function and safe operation of your firearm. Remember, you are responsible for the proper care and maintenance of your firearm. Failure to properly maintain your firearm cannot only damage or ruin your firearm, it can expose you and others to unnecessary risks ofpersonal injury or death.

    Marlin has a wide range of firearm care products and resources for best results when cleaning your firearm. Everything from solvents and lubricants to rods and patches. They're all available from your Marlin dealer.

    10th Commandment: Learn the mechanics and handling characteristics of your firearm.

    Not all firearms are alike. They have different mechanical characteristics that dictate how you should carry and handle them. Anyone who plans to use a firearm should first become totally familiar with the type of firearm it is and the safe handling procedures for loading, unloading, carrying, shooting and storing it.

    Before you even unpack your new Marlin firearm, read this instruction book from cover to cover and familiarize yourself with the different component parts of the firearm. Then read, understand and follow the Ten Commandments of Firearm Safety in this manual.

    WARNING! Discharging firearms in poorly ventilated areas, cleaning firearms or handling ammunition may result in exposure to lead, a substance known to cause birth defects, reproductive harm, cancer and other serious physical injury. Have adequate ventilation at all times. Wash hands thoroughly after exposure.

    SHOOT SOBER!!

    There's one other rule that must be followed when handling firearms. In fact, respect for this rule is necessary in order to effectively practice the Ten Commandments of Firearm Safety. The rule is: SHOOT SOBER! Firearms and alcohol or drugs make a deadly combination. Never consume anything that would mildly impair your judgment or physical coordination when you're using a firearm. A staggering percentage of the shooting accidents that occur every year involve alcohol or drugs. Be smart. Always shoot sober and stay alive.

    WARNING! Failure to follow any of these safety rules may cause personal injury or death to the shooter or bystander and damage to property. Do not use a firearm until you fully understand and practice the Ten Commandments of Firearm Safety. If you have any questions about the safe use of a Marlin firearm, write to us at Marlin Arms Company, Inc., Consumer Service, P.O. Box 700, Madison, NC 27025-0700, or call us at 1-800-243-9700.

    DON'T KEEP THIS TO YOURSELF.

    Now that you're a firearm owner you have the obligation to help ensure that shooting sports are safe for everyone - participants and bystanders alike. You can do that by practicing these principles of firearm safety and passing them on to others - especially new shooters. Set an example for beginners. Be a guide to their safe entry into the exciting world of shooting sports. Invest your time and patience for the love of the sport and for its future. After all, it's your love of the sport that led you to buy a new Marlin.

    Firearm ownership is a right and privilege. It's a right guaranteed in this nation's Constitution. It's a privilege, which carries with it a personal responsibility to use your firearm in a way which will ensure your safety and the safety of others. The preservation of this right and privilege depends on the personal commitment of you and your fellow shooters to the safe and responsible use of firearms. Let the Ten Commandments of Firearm Safety outlined in the manual guide you at all times. Teach and promote these rules whenever you can. Remember, firearm safety depends on you! That's the only way to really enjoy your new Marlin firearm and to preserve sport shooting as we know it today.

    Some Marlin firearms may have some movement or "play" in their trigger.

     

    Marlin centerfire rifles of recent design utilize a separate trigger and sear mechanism, different from our earlier 19th & earlier 20thcentury rifles.  This unique system, which provides increased reliability and safety, results in some free movement of the trigger.  This movement or “play” may be more than one-quarter inch and is necessary for the proper and safe operation of the firearm. Some movement from side to side is normal.  Should you feel it is excessive, return your rifle to the factory for service by first calling us at 1-800-544-8892.

     

    We strongly recommend that no attempts be made to adjust this movement.  Improper adjustment may result in an accidental discharge and injury or death to the shooter or bystander.

    Older Marlin lever action rifles may have trouble feeding Hornady's LEVERevolution ammunition. The flat magazine followers used in older rifles will not allow the rounds to line up straight in the magazine tube and this can lead to feeding problems.  The magazine follower can be seen through the load spring on the side of the receiver.  If it is green or black in color, a new follower should correct the feeding problem. If it is red in color, the new style follower is already installed.  This change was made in production rifles beginning around 2006 and any new rifle will already have the correct magazine follower.

    FIVE YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY AGAINST DEFECTS IN MATERIAL AND WORKMANSHIP THIS WARRANTY GIVES YOU SPECIFIC LEGAL RIGHTS, AND YOU MAY ALSO HAVE OTHER RIGHTS WHICH VARY FROM STATE TO STATE.
    This firearm warranty is good only to the ORIGINAL OWNER. WARRANTY and CERTIFICATE OF OWNERSHIP card must be completed and mailed to The Marlin Firearms Company at the above address WITHIN TEN (10) DAYS of purchase to insure the protection of the warranty.
    NOTICE of defect in materials and/or workmanship must be received by the company WITHIN FIVE (5) YEARS from the date of purchase. Normal wear, or damage resulting from neglect, abuse, or repairs not made by The Marlin Firearms Company or not authorized by The Marlin Firearms Company are not covered by the warranty.

    The amount of free bore in any individual production gun is going to be different from one gun to the next.  The amount of free bore is dictated by how the reamer is ground and to what dimensions.  There is some conventional "wisdom" that states that a gun cannot be accurate unless there is minimum free bore.  While there is some truth to this, it is in no way set in stone.  Generally, production rifles will have this free bore as a liability issue, and the vast majority will exhibit spectacular accuracy.  The manufacturers have to ensure that the guns can be used with any available production ammunition, and the free bore allows for a small amount of space to alleviate pressure for the hotter factory loads.

    Any model with a BL designation in the name has a big loop lever.  For example, the Model 1895 GBLModel 1895 SBL, and Model 336 BL all have big loop levers.

    Scope bases for the Marlin X7 centerfire rifles are available from your local dealer or through our Parts Department at 1-800-544-8892 M-F 9am-5pm EST. These are one piece rail mounts.  Scope bases for the Winchester 70 will also interchange on the X7 series rifles.  These are available in one and two piece sets from many retailers and parts suppliers.

    High velocity 22 Long Rifle ammo is recommended for use in Marlin self-loaders. This does not include Shot Cartridges of any type (Marlin self-loaders will not function with Shorts or Longs).

    In any lever action rifle, some fitting is required for the proper timing and operation of the action.  These include finger levers, breechbolts, and carriers.  Hammers and triggers are restricted because they are integral parts of the fire control and if not properly installed and fitted, the safety of the firearm could be compromised.  For more information on purchasing necessary parts or directions on how to send your firearm in for repair, please contact us at 1-800-544-8892 M-F 9am-5pm EST.

    Marlin made the change to laminate wood stocks in 2012 for most of our production rifles.  We do still offer a select few stocks in walnut as well as a few models that still utilize the walnut stocks.  We no longer offer models or replacement stocks in hardwood.  To order a replacement stock for your rifle, please contact your local dealer or call our parts department at 1-800-544-8892 M-F 9am-5pm EST.

    Marlin lever action rifles use a two piece trigger design.  The free play and movement of the trigger is typical.  There is no safety issue with the trigger moving forward while the rifle is cocked.  The trigger should operate rearward normally to discharge the rifle.  If that is not the case, or if you would still like us to inspect it, we can be reached at 1-800-544-8892 M-F 9am-5pm EST to process a service request in order to facilitate the inspection/repair for you.

    Marlin changed its rifling on Models 1894S, 1894CS and 1895 SS from Micro-Groove to Ballard-type cut rifling to accommodate the use of cast lead bullets. (Jacketed bullets will still function reliably)

    Marlin cross bolt safeties are hammer block safeties.  They do not lock the trigger or stop the hammer from falling if the trigger is pulled.  They do however stop the hammer from contacting the firing pin to prevent the discharge of the round.

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    Product Returns or Repairs:

    Gun Service 1-800-544-8892

    Consumer Parts Orders:

    Consumer Service Dept: 1-800-544-8892