Glenfield 25- 22 Short, Long and Long Rifle


December 26, 2007, 06:28 PM
Santa was good this year...

My parents got me a range membership this year which allows unlimited shooting free. So a .22 was in order to help make the best use of the opportunity. Went to several shops in the area trying to find a bolt .22 that was magazine fed. The one stop, which I have seen 5-6 used .22s, usually with scopes, for under 100 almost every time I go, had nothing of interest. Finally found this model 25 at the last stop. 75 out the door. Looks great, can't wait to see how it does.

So what do I have here? A few searches have turned up that it is basically a Marlin. Found a couple spare mags on gun broker, so I know there is some after market for it. Anything else to add? Pictures to follow when I get back to my apartment.

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December 26, 2007, 06:51 PM
Pick up a couple of spare mags. The new Marlin mags with plastic followers have a tendency to break. It'd be the bees knees if you could get a Marlin model 80 mag with a steel follower! Numrich probably has them. Other than that a good piece of glass would be in order. I love my 25 and 80!

Dave Markowitz
December 26, 2007, 08:19 PM
Glenfield used to be Marlin's economy line. E.g., they had hardwood stocks instead of walnut. The Glenfield 25 is basically the same as the old Marlin 881, if I remember correctly. They currently make a model 925 which looks pretty much the same as the Glenfield 25.

December 26, 2007, 09:24 PM

Some quick and dirty pictures...I really need to get new batteries for the camera.

I have heard of "bubba'd" rifles...never the same with slings. The sling on this is just a few scraps of fabric and some buttons to hold it together. Not a bad job, I must admit. Leather will be added shortly, however, as well as some glass. I'm really glad I have self control, a college student on a budget into firearms needs to have it. One store had 3 194-'s .303 Brit Enfields for 250-260 in pretty good condition. Something on my list, but not practical. Serial starts with 2749 on this Glenfield. Any suggestions on taking it apart for a good scrubbing?

December 26, 2007, 09:34 PM
it is the same as the model 25's from marlin , up to the current 925 model.
You will find these are exceptionally good shooters, and the best thing about them, a lot of dudes tweek the heck out of them. They are great for chopping up the stock, or putting on a fs stock, bedding them, putting on aftermarket stocks, williams peep sites, all kinds of stuff. You should get it.

December 26, 2007, 09:47 PM
I figured through searching I could just swap glenfield out and put marlin in. I am thinking of it as a project gun. My thumper hunter. I have my 20 gauge for a deer gun, could use it for rabbits. I want a challenge though. So I'll get this going for next year.

December 26, 2007, 10:00 PM
Take a click on over to Lots of info on trigger clean-up and other goodness.

December 27, 2007, 09:20 AM
Very good little rifles... I currently have 3 of them... An Original Marlin, a Glenfield and a JC Higgins... All are the same basic design with a little difference in the safety... Extra mags are a plus...

December 27, 2007, 09:30 AM
I'll second easy. Go over to rimfire central, get an account and look in the Marlin section lots of stuff for you to learn and ask about a glenfield/marlin 25. Also a lot of other things to learn all about rimfires.

December 27, 2007, 10:11 AM
I have a Glenfield 25 as well. My Dad bought in new in 1972 when I was a kid, and just gave it to me recently. Unfortunately, this one's "minute-of-barn" accurate, so it's a project. There's some pretty nice wood underneath, though, so a nice refinishing can make it look great.

The mags can be ordered from Marlin directly. See link below, 2nd from bottom.

December 27, 2007, 10:16 AM
Serial starts with 2749 on this Glenfield.

Your Glenfield was made in 1973. See link below.

December 29, 2007, 05:57 PM
Need to learn how to adjust the sights. I got it pretty good and learned how to adjust my aim to sight in better...2 of my better targets, standing, at 25 feet:

Grouped pretty consistent, just high and right on the point of aim.

The gun itself is capable of a lot more than I can do. It's been a few years since I picked up a rifle. I look forward to putting some glass on it and working on my rifle skills.

December 29, 2007, 06:54 PM
if it is a rear step ladder type site, then tap it to the left about 1/16 of an inch, and drop down one step of the elevator.make sure the bbl is freefloated, by heating it up with a bunch of round, sthen checking the stock for any sticking points from the bbl, sand out accordingly. go over to, there are some dudes over there, who have done some pretty wild things to 25's, resetting back, cutting, threading, fancy walnut stocks, homeade bench rest type stocks, you will see that you can really get these to shoot super accurate.

December 29, 2007, 10:17 PM
As mentioned, it is the utility version of the Marlin bolt action rifle series. I believe that they were introduced in the mid-1930s (Model 80, 81) and evolved into the 880 etc. series. The Brophy book on Marlins has quite a bit of info on them.

My first gun was a M80C in the early 1950s, which is just about the same as the Glenfield M25. Parts will interchange for rifles built in the same general time period. When my kids were growing up I went looking for a couple more of these and wound up with a M25 and a M80DL. The M25 had a stock that was split almost entirely along its length; but some epoxy, wrap with inner tube, and a refinish made it as good as new--if not better.

Good little rifles.

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