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Here is the official symptoms list to tell if you have the incurable disease of Marlinitis...I will update them as further evidence becomes available.

1. You own a Marlin
2. You joined MarlinOwners.com
3. You own more than one Marlin
4. You have at least one Team number
5. You believe the best calibers have a hypen in them
6. You name your Marlin
7. You bathe with your Marlin
8. You sleep with your Marlin
9. You believe a JM stamp is the Holy Grail of Marlins
10. You surf MarlinOwners.com while bathing or eating
11. You know what a Skratchism is
12. You know the meaning of Remlin
13. You think about taking the wheel weights off your tires so you can cast your own boolits
14. You think Hoppes #9 is suitable for use a cologne or perfume
15. You are required to buy a larger gun safe every six months to hold your new additions
16. You sneak a new Marlin by your significant other by saying it was one you just took out of the safe
17. You believe it is perfectly acceptable to own several Marlins of the same model simply because they're in different calibers
18. You've ever posted in the .35 Remington Advantage thread
19. You get jealous when somebody you only know on the internet buys a Marlin
20. You get into arguments over pistol grip vs straight grip stocks
21. You can tell the date of manufacture by looking at the serial number
22. When you walk into your local gunshop the dealer starts pulling Marlins off the shelf before you say, "Hello."
23. You own more than one of the same model and caliber, just in case one wears out...despite the fact it hasn't happened yet
24. You've ever considered selling organs in order to finance your Marlin purchases
25. You think about purchasing an old bank building just for the walk in vault
26. You have more pictures of your Marlins than you do of your family members
27. Your annual budget includes a line item simply labeled as "Marlins"
28. You would rather spend time with your Marlins than your family members
29. If you buy a non-Marlin firearm, you feel obligated to buy another Marlin to restore the balance
30. You've ever drooled on your keyboard over pictures somebody posted of their Marlins
31. When MarlinOwners.com goes off line, you suffer withdrawal symptoms and have to caress your Marlin while in a fetal position
32. The voices you hear in your head are your Marlins begging to be taken to the range
33. Whenever you are forced to sell a Marlin, you sell something else and implement Symptom #16
34. You have a visceral reaction when Symptom #33 fails and you are actually forced to sell a Marlin
35. You walk into a new gun shop because of an sudden urge, and find a Marlin calling your name
36. Your idea of porn involves leather, walnut, and blue steel - but no people
37. You believe Doc's 405 grain prescription means a trip to the range
38. You shop for Marlin parts online while at family functions
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Your FFL dealer calls to inform you that your Marlin has come in and is ready for pick up, and you don't know which one it is
 

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#15. You are required to buy a larger gun safe every six months to hold your new additions. Shenandoah
 

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#15. You are required to buy a larger gun safe every six months to hold your new additions. Shenandoah
#14 & #15 added, which also led to #16
 

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I've used number 16 several times! Works like a charm!

Steve
It's easier to just bring 'em home when the wife's at work!:biggrin:
 

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Somehow I think a "therapy group" session here would only make the affliction worse...

No doubt that it's contagious and (whether true or not for cannabis) leads to other firearm related debilitating (at least as far as the checkbook is concerned) extensions of the affliction (as in different gun safes for different brands or actions or types or uses).
 

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norahc, my wife has always said that Hoppe's 9 was my aftershave. I like it better than the new stuff they got out there today, just smells ''better''. I got most of the symptoms you listed and yes I definitely have Marlinitis. Take care, John.
 

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7 out of 9 for me. I don't bath with my Marlin. I am ,however, pushing them on others. AND...I will drive miles just to "look" at a gun store/auction/private seller... I haven't been to a coin show or coin shop since this started. I live waaaay up north. I'm trying to convince the wife to move a 1000 miles south, away from kids and grand kids, just so I can shoot more.
It's bad, REAL bad. The kids bought me clays and spinners and holders for christmas. Bad , REAL bad. (or do I mean good? REAL GOOD?)
 

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TwoCrow i picked up one of them hi-walls just before Xmas, they are one awesome rifle. That is a fantastic price he is asking for a new in the box. Try to control yourself and just pretend you never seen it.
 

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17-19 added. If anyone is aware of any symptoms I've missed, please post them here and I'll add them.
 

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Okay--I admit I have about 9 of the symptoms and I have used #16 a lot. Fortunately, Marlins all kind of look the same to my significant other so #16 continues to work for me !
 
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In an effort to make people more aware of this dreaded affliction that we all suffer from, I've decided to go public with my symptoms in an effort to raise awareness and funding into research for the cure.

The symptoms I suffer from will be listed in my signature from now on. :ahhhhh:
 
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