Has anyone else heard the rumors that Marlin is closing shop?
Is there any truth to this? If so, has anyone got any idea why they would shut down production of a great firearm?
I hope this is all just rumors!!!
Can someone straighten this out?
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In 2008 Freedom Group International (FGI) bought out Marlin and placed them under the Remington umbrella (control) but production remained in North Haven. Roughly a year ago, Remington shutdown the Marlin plant. All lever action production was moved to Remington's Ilion NY factory and rimfire production (except the 39) was moved to their Kentucky factory.
Virtually every Marlin employee is no longer employed in making Marlins, save an HR guy and maybe a couple guys turned consultant.
Marlin is now a name only.
A few weeks ago, Remington announced the suspension of production of most of the lever action models with no published date of a re-start.
You can read all you'd ever want to know about all of this in the forum's Marlin Rant section.
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I hope they close their doors. They are a disgrace.
hey there my name is North, im from BC canada.
i purchased a 2010 1895GS (made in north haven) from a large camping store www.wholesalesports.ca
from what ive heard from gunsmiths, i just got the last production 1895gs marlin lever gun.
i will try to be as accurate as possible...
i went to purchase this gun from their online store, which was at their headquarters in calgary. after i had placed my order, my gunsmith told me about marlin going out of business, and that the last batch of lever guns from marlin were defective, and that i should check to make sure mine works. After i heard that, i called up the online store, and i got them to run some snap caps through the rifle to see if it works... low and behold... defective! the gun could not even cycle one shell. They promply said that this was part of a bad batch of guns, and that they will not be getting them back in. They told me to contact the vancouver island store to see if they had any from last year. I called in, and they had one 1895gs left from last year 2010, which was made in north haven. I put it on hold, and i drove up (450km) and bought it that day.
The guys in the store said they returned 49 lever action marlin arms back to the manufacturer that year, and remington told them that was the end of marlins production.
so i bought the last north haven production marlin lever available in canada. There must still be a few out there in smaller gun stores maybe, but basically... marlin levers are done. Dont buy a marlin from 2011 as it will have a very high percentage of being a defective version. One easy way to find out if its working, is run shells through it, fast, and slow. If it cycles, and it says North haven on the barrel, then buy it.
Im afraid our rifles have all of a sudden become very valuable, and rare, as they will never be made again.
after only owning my marlin for 2 days now... i own many other guns, and i am instantly, and perminatly a marlin fan. i love the feel, and the action. Im so glad i was able to get one of these wonderful firearms.
i will buying other used marlins now as parts backups. and i have heard many stories of 1895s being in service for 25years+ without problems.
sorry to report this sad topic, but thats what ive heard.
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Welcome from a neighbor to the west! Too bad, but Marlin is in a serious state of limbo, the victim of corporate greed at its worst. Maybe they will unload it to another manufacturer who will realize what a gem it was and resurrect it, but I am not holding my breath. As far as finding a genuine Marlin made in Connecticut gun, don't just look in small shops, sometimes big outlets have "inventory" that dates back to before the fiasco. Also don't read the barrel and seeing North Haven assume it is a real Marlin because even the Remlins have North Haven CT on the barrel. You have got to look for a [JM] on the left hand side of the barrel to know for sure it was made by the original workers in the original factory. If you see a [REP] on the right hand side it is a Remlin and if it does, check it out very thoroughly first. Some claim their Remlins are good and who am I to argue, but I have been looking at Remlins too and I have not seen one I would buy yet. YMMVOriginally Posted by NorthfromBC
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I found this,,,,
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Remington closed Marlin's doors last year. What's being made now are Remingtons.
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I went to there facebook site and asked,,,,,But they keep deleting my post,,,,must be true?
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Here is a e-mail I just got from them.
Customer By Email /28/2011 09:56 AM
(Here was my question) Is Remington going to quit production on the Marlin rifle's? There is a lot of talk on the gun forums,,,Just wanted to know.....Thanks.
(Here is the answer from Alfredo) Thank you for visiting Remington Country! We certainly appreciate you taking the time to write in with your question. The answer is no. We are currently manufacturing rifles at this time. What has happen is that have stop production on some of our style until the beginning of next year.
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