I have been reading about the 981T and thought I would have Walley-World order me one. It came within five days, and I have been pleased with it. I have always liked "plastic" stocks, and because my first rifle was a 512P Remington, I am partial to tube feeds. I really don't like a magazine sticking out the bottom, waiting to get lost.
I read all the information about getting the trigger better. Odd that a new series 900 trigger needs to be fixed or replaced. I went the replace-it route. Got the Rifle Basix replacement from Midway for $71.00, shipped and rounded up for NRA. Took all of five minutes or so to put it in. Now have an approximately one-pound trigger with no creep. Mosquitoes chased me out of the woods, but I really do like the way that Marlin shoots. Wade