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Old 04-08-2021, 01:33 PM
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What's the story on the difference and use of the Marlin Corporation and the Marlin Co. roll marks..? I have two Marlin 20A rifles with one stamped Marlin Co. and the other stamped Marlin Corporation...serial #95XX has "Marlin Corporation", #116XX has "Marlin Co. Is it just an age or cost thing, or was there a company change over or anything..? I've heard "Rockwell" mentioned from time to time and I seem to remember that marking may carry a little bit of a premium in pricing...appreciate any replies..!
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Old 04-08-2021, 03:42 PM
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Marlin went through several bankruptcies and ownership changes post WW1. The rollstamp reflects that.
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Old 04-08-2021, 05:54 PM
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John M. Marlin began his firearms career as a pistol maker with Colt in the early 1860s. About 1873, he started his own factory, so this was the beginning of the Marlin Company. He took over manufacture of the Ballard rifle in 1875, then developed his own lever action rifle in 1879, with his first successful design being the Model 1881 lever action. Several great rifles were introduced for the next few decades.
In 1915, the Marlin Co. was approached by a syndicate to manufacture arms for the first World War. This later became the Marlin-Rockwell Company. At the end of the war, Marlin-Rockwell wanted out of the firearms business. They did continue to make a few sporting firearms, but then gave up completely. A Marlin employee by the name of John Moran tried to make a go of it, but his outfit only lasted until about 1921-22. This was the Marlin Firearms Corporation.
Finally, a New Haven Connecticut attorney named Frank Kenna bought it in 1922 for pennies on the dollar and turned it into a very successful venture. Unfortunately, it was bought out by Remington, and they never quite got the hang of making them the right way (although some of the later ones were very good).
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Old 04-08-2021, 08:31 PM
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Thanks folks...! I forgot to ask in my initial post...when did Marlin start using the Bull's Eye in the stocks. The earlier serial number 20A I have has the Bull's Eye, but it looks a little smaller than the one in my early 70s 39A...and it also looks older than the hills and fits the "look" of the rifle..
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The "bulls-eye" became a registered trademark by Marlin in 1922.
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