Marlin is closed?


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squarepants33889
April 3, 2013, 03:24 AM
Hi all. I know there has bee talk and banter about it before, but is Marlin actually closed now. I read an article from about a week ago that said the factory was closed.
Does this mean no more Marlins? Or do they intend to tool up somewhere else?
Might be time to get down to the lgs and buy the 45-70 I've been ogling for a while.

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natman
April 3, 2013, 03:28 AM
Yes, the Marlin factory closed.

Three years ago.

http://bulletin.accurateshooter.com/2010/03/marlin-to-shut-down-new-haven-plant-and-lay-off-265-workers/

ObsidianOne
April 3, 2013, 03:33 AM
The plant closed, however, Marlin is owned by Remington, (which is owned by Freedom Group, which is owned by Cerberus lol) and they are still being produced by Remington in both their Kentucky factory, and their New York factory.

Scooter22
April 3, 2013, 05:47 AM
Marlin's original factory in New Haven CT, has been closed a couple years now. Production was moved into the Remington plants. Unfortunately the quality isn't very good. If you want a Marlin lever gun look for New Haven and the (JM) stamp on the barrel.

powwowell
April 3, 2013, 08:13 AM
"Marlin's original factory in New Haven CT, has been closed a couple years now. Production was moved into the Remington plants. Unfortunately the quality isn't very good. If you want a Marlin lever gun look for New Haven and the (JM) stamp on the barrel."

I am a long time Marlin user. The quality of most Marlin branded products have returned to their previous level. Especially the ones that come out of the Mayfield Kentucky plant. I have a new XT-22M that is perfect in every way.

vaupet
April 3, 2013, 08:51 AM
^^glad to hear this. ( about the quality, that is)
Can anyone confirm this?
Greetz
Peter

Thursday45
April 3, 2013, 09:11 AM
I purchased a new 1895 GBL a couple of months ago that has great fit and finish and none of the issues that has plagued Marlin rifles after moving to Remington. Like any gun though I still think it prudent to give them a thorough look over.

Fast Frank
April 3, 2013, 09:27 AM
A friend of mine just bought a Kentucky Marlin 60.

I shot it yesterday. Nice rifle. The blue and polishing is first class, the stock is nice, it feeds and fires just fine, and it shoots straight.

I don't know what more I could expect for $150.00

It gets my seal of approval. Maybe there's hope?

mberoose
April 3, 2013, 09:45 AM
The new Marlin rimfires are generally fine...it's the lever actions that lost that lovin' feeling.

Carl N. Brown
April 3, 2013, 10:05 AM
The quality of most Marlin branded products have returned to their previous level. Especially the ones that come out of the Mayfield Kentucky plant.

How are the new guns marked? (No that it matters, I have two .22 Model 60s and a 39A Mountie, and a .30-30 336W marked "New Haven".)

bannockburn
April 3, 2013, 10:06 AM
I have been thinking about picking up a Marlin in .30-30 for some time now but was concerned about all of the quality issues I was hearing about. Maybe now is the time to start looking again.

Scooter22
April 3, 2013, 12:20 PM
The lever actions coming out of Ilion aren,t up to the old Marlin fit and finish. I haven,t heard much praise for them. I live in CNY and travel to Ilion for work. Locals love Remingtons but not the Remlins. I hope they get the quality back.

Cosmoline
April 3, 2013, 01:13 PM
I have a favor to ask. If possible can folks note SN's (just enough to establish date, not the full SN) of the poor production Marlins and esp. the SN's of the ones getting better? There should be a prefix or other indication that we could use in the future to separate wheat from chaff.

SleazyRider
April 3, 2013, 01:47 PM
Marlin just sent me an on-line survey with regard to the quality of the Model 60 Anniversary Model I purchased last year. So I'm assuming their still up and running and looking for new markets.

Muzzlelover
April 3, 2013, 02:45 PM
I bought a 795 in 2011 and it is the most accurate rifle I own.have had two jams in the past two years and over 1000 rounds later it's still running like new

TCB in TN
April 3, 2013, 11:20 PM
I don't have much to worry about with the quality of any of my Marlin Lever Actions.

336 1963, 2-39A mounties 1964, 1965 and a 1978 39A.

They are all great quality wise. ;)

JVaughn
April 3, 2013, 11:25 PM
..it's the lever actions that lost that lovin' feeling.

Boy ain't that the truth... What a shame.

squarepants33889
April 3, 2013, 11:38 PM
Thanks for the correction guys. I was a little confused because the story's I was reading are dated from only a few days ago. I guess there was a small administrative staff still on site up until a few days ago. Try googleing with a search filter for the last week and see what comes up.
I wonder what made it newsworthy this week considering it happened so long ago?

gpjoe
April 4, 2013, 06:47 AM
Well, I recently (few weeks ago) bought a Marlin XT22 and it has already been sent back for repair. The gun simply would not fire. Looks like light primer strikes.

Now, I am not condeming Marlin based on one firearm purchase, but this is the first time I have ever had to send any gun back to the maker for any type of malfunction. I try not to base my opinions on information I read on these boards, but after hearing that Marlin has quiality issues and now experiencing it first hand, I have to believe it is more than just a coincidence.

I am confident that they will make it right, but wanted to share my experience.

Cee Zee
April 4, 2013, 09:50 AM
My Kentucky built XT has been perfect. But then again my "North Haven" Marlin 60 has been great too. It was never New Haven guys. It was North Haven for over 140 years though. Again it's "North" not "New" Haven.

Scooter22
April 4, 2013, 05:25 PM
Must be thinking of my oldest Marlin. But Marlin started out in New Haven.
http://www.wtnh.com/dpp/news/business/north-haven-marlin-firearms-plant#.UV3vNFei6Ag

Cee Zee
April 4, 2013, 11:14 PM
Yeah Scooter they were in Conn. for 141 years but it was NORTH Haven, not NEW Haven. Not that it really matters. It was a shame they moved and fired all those workers who had served them so well. But time marches on I guess.

There was a series of the XT's that had the problem with the canted sights but from what I understand they got it under control and are back to making guns that are almost always perfect.

dvdcrr
April 4, 2013, 11:32 PM
I've had 2 recent Marlins, 795's from Kentucky. The first one had a crooked rear sight dovetail and so-so accuracy. The second one is straight and a better shooter.

VVelox
April 5, 2013, 05:44 AM
I have a 2012 production Marlin 1894 and I absolutely love it.

19-3Ben
April 5, 2013, 08:20 AM
Yes they are closed. A pic I took this past fall as I was driving past the old plant in North Haven along Route 91.

http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii131/geminifan/Marlin.jpg

It was sad to see the factory with the availability sign, and graffiti on the building.

Onmilo
April 5, 2013, 09:25 AM
Some **** tagged the building!!...:what:

dvdcrr
April 5, 2013, 10:16 PM
Welcome to Everywhere USA 2013

19-3Ben
April 6, 2013, 09:21 AM
Yup. It's gone now. They cleaned off the graffiti and I haven't seen it back, but yes. Someone had the nerve to tag the Marlin plant.

I've actually been hoping someone buys that building to turn it into a CT firearms museum. Think about the brands that have manufactured in CT (some still here, and some have either closed up or moved).
We start out with Eli Whitney and move into Colt, Marlin, Winchester, Ruger, Mossberg, USFA, Charter Arms, CT Valley Arms, Connecticut Shotgun, etc...

It would be really nice to have a museum to display our pride in our manufacturing history. Somehow I get the feeling our esteemed governor would not allow this...

Salmoneye
April 6, 2013, 09:36 AM
Yeah Scooter they were in Conn. for 141 years but it was NORTH Haven, not NEW Haven.

Marlin most certainly did start out in NEW Haven...

"John M. Marlin was born in Connecticut in 1836, and served his apprenticeship as a tool and die maker. During the Civil War, he worked at the Colt plant in Hartford, and in 1870 hung out his sign on State Street, New Haven, manufacturing his own line of revolvers and derringers."

http://www.marlinfirearms.com/about/history.asp

Marlin moved to North Haven in appx. 1968...

Ironman615
April 6, 2013, 11:18 AM
I have a Marlin single shot .22 I purchased in 1962, and the barrel is marked with New Haven as the location of Marlin at that time. I do remember that I paid under $20 for the rifle. I was 14 at that time.

Scooter22
April 6, 2013, 03:36 PM
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Yeah Scooter they were in Conn. for 141 years but it was NORTH Haven, not NEW Haven.

Marlin most certainly did start out in NEW Haven...

"John M. Marlin was born in Connecticut in 1836, and served his apprenticeship as a tool and die maker. During the Civil War, he worked at the Colt plant in Hartford, and in 1870 hung out his sign on State Street, New Haven, manufacturing his own line of revolvers and derringers."

http://www.marlinfirearms.com/about/history.asp

Marlin moved to North Haven in appx. 1968...

Thanks for posting that link. Some think and insist they are right. But that doesn't make it so. I guess the M36 30-30 lever action I have is either a one of a kind or a fake. It is stamped New Haven, Conn.;)

Scooter22
April 6, 2013, 03:42 PM
It's a damn shame what happened to the gun industry in CT. These Aholes here in NY almost pushed Remington out with the unSAFE act. They are up for their 200 year anniversary in a couple years. The sniper rifle contract made them deal with the devil but the jobs will stay and more will be added.

dvdcrr
April 7, 2013, 02:01 PM
someone should move into that old plant and start making top quality lever actions and rimfires. They should call them "Marlins". A novel idea, I know.

beatledog7
April 7, 2013, 06:32 PM
Marlin just sent me an on-line survey with regard to the quality of the Model 60 Anniversary Model I purchased last year.

I got that one as well, re: an 1894C I bought in 2010. I gave them an honest reply.

22-rimfire
April 7, 2013, 11:02 PM
Where are the M39A's manufactured now?

Cee Zee
April 8, 2013, 12:23 AM
Yeah I was wrong about the New Haven thing. I've seen a whole bunch of sources of info that were wrong too. That's why I was wrong. Go figure.

It's a damn shame what happened to the gun industry in CT.

It's a shame what has happened to guns in CT period. I don't think the 60 would be legal to own much less manufacture there now. They have become the poster child for the gun grabbers gaggle.

colkid
April 8, 2013, 12:50 AM
Marlin is Not closed. They are in North Carolina, I called them several weeks ago.
They closed in Connecticut.

colkid
April 8, 2013, 01:20 AM
Marlin is Not closed. They are in North Carolina, I called them several weeks ago.
They closed in Connecticut.

DPris
April 8, 2013, 02:04 AM
The PLANT is in New York & has been since the move.
Under Remington's roof now.
Denis

Scooter22
April 8, 2013, 12:44 PM
Marlins are being manufactured in Ilion, NY and Kentucky. The CF lever actions are in NY. I don't know what else. Seems the .22s are in NC. Don't know where the XL7 is made but the barrel is attached with a splined nut just like a Savage 110.

Cee Zee, we're all wrong sometimes. No big deal.


Whoops, I said NC for the .22s. Should be Kentucky. Thanks for the correction.

DPris
April 8, 2013, 01:33 PM
Correct on the Ilion plant, my thoughts were on the leverguns which have suffered the most from quality issues.
Remington told me the rimfires are made in their Kentucky plant a while back.
Only "headquarters" in NC. No manufacturing there.
Denis

gpb
April 8, 2013, 02:59 PM
I hope Marlin consolidates manufacturing in Kentucky.

rbernie
April 8, 2013, 03:10 PM
I recently bought an new production Ilion-marked 1894C in 357/38 Special. It seems no lesser in fit/finish than any late-production unit made in North Haven (which is to say less finely finished than units made in 'the good old days' but still servicable).

Cee Zee
April 8, 2013, 11:28 PM
Cee Zee, we're all wrong sometimes.

Hey I'm not "all wrong" am I? ;)

BTW they make the XT .22's in Mayfield. I have one from there.

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