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History of Marlins

Discussion in 'Firearms Research' started by boikman, Feb 13, 2003.

  1. boikman

    boikman Member

    Does anyone know if Marlins were issued to the military ? From the 1880's to present...What about the soldiers during the Indian wars? Maybe I've seen too many cowboy movies......
  2. rufe-snow

    rufe-snow Active Member

  3. Hkmp5sd

    Hkmp5sd Well-Known Member

    As far as WWII is concerned....

    Marlin was given a contract in July, 1942, to produce the M2 .45 submachinegun based on a design by George J. Hyde. Due to assorted problems, the M2 never made it into production and the project was dumped.

    Marlin also produced 15,000 "M42" UD (United Defense) Submachineguns in both 9mm and .45ACP. It was issued to OSS operatives and provided to allied countries, but was never issued to US troops.
  4. fal308

    fal308 Well-Known Member

    Marlin-Rockwell produced the Colt Model 1914 (the "Potatodigger") before WWI. They also produced the BAR during it's initial production run. They also built Model 1917 and model 1918 machineguns in many variations- tank, aircraft, anti-aircraft etc. They also made bombs in WWI.
    In WWII they were contracted for many military items. M1 Carbine parts (barrels, stocks, hand guards and misc. small parts) As stated above they produced the never accepted UDM '42.
    In Korean War era Marlin manufactured for the Ordnance Dept. M1 rifle barrels, stock assemblies for the M1 Carbine, barrels for the M3 submachinegun and other items.
    The above information is from Marlin Firearms; A History of the Guns and the Company That Made Them by William Brophy

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