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A few years back I came across a paragraph in a book I was reading detailing resistance operations during the Japanese occupation of the Philipines during WWII. It seems that the US provided several types of weapons to the Philipine resistance. Most favored was the .22 caliber Marlin 39. The resistance using stealth and the cover of night could sneak into enemy camps and at very close ranges dispatch its foe.

Has anyone read any material that could confirm this or similar stories? It would be interesting to know that Marlins/lever action rifles were used as a military weapon at one time.

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I had read in the recent past about the Alaska Territorial Guard (native Alaskans) using Winchester 94s in 30-30 to patrol/defend the territory in WWII. Not sure if Marlins saw service or not. Some Win 94s were issued to Army guards in WWI to guard the timber areas of the Northwest US as well.

I do know that up until the mid 1990s, the Winchester 94 had a Federal Stock Number (FSN) that allowed units to order the rifle if needed. Most likely it was used by the Justice Dept for prison guards.
 
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