Marlin Model 1889

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|Introduction | I. History of Marlin Rifles | II. 1889 Models |  III. 1889 Variations |
| IV. Outline of Features | V. Condition  | VI. Diagrams |

A Brief History of Marlin Rifles and the 1889 Model

Marlin Rifles and Shotguns was established by John M. Marlin who was born in Connecticut in 1836.  He served his apprenticeship as a tool and die maker, then during the Civil War worked at the Colt plant in Hartford, Connecticut.  In 1870 John Marling began his own gun business on State Street, New Haven, manufacturing his own line of revolvers and derringers. The outstanding team of inventors he was able to attract (e.g., L. L. Hepburn) developed several firearm breakthroughs and produced enduring models of guns, such as the 1891 and 1893 Marlin models. Today known as Model 39 and 336 respectively, they are the oldest shoulder arm designs in the world that are still being produced.  The lever action 22 repeater (now Model 39) even became the favorite of many exhibition shooters, including Annie Oakley. When John Marlin died in 1901, his two sons took over the business and began a diversification program. In 1915, during World War I, a New York syndicate bought the company and renamed it the Marlin Rockwell Corporation. During the war years Marlin became one of the largest machine gun producers in the world for the US and its Allies. After the War, the sporting firearms part of the business became a new corporation, which did not do well and in 1923 was purchased by Frank Kenna, and was in that family until 2008 when Remington Arms purchased the company.


About 1889 Marlin Rifle
The 1889  Marlin was an updated successor to the 1881 and 1888 rifles.  It was designed utilizing a version of the 1881 action, chambered for the .32, .38, and .44 caliber cartridges of the day, but with the bolt, carrier and right-hand ejection system being the main differences.  The gun was available in several different configurations (herein called 'Models').   The 1889 Marlin was produced starting in 1889 through 1903.  During that 13-year period, there were 55,119 guns sold.    THIS APPRAISAL COURSE WILL PROVIDE VALUES FOR ALL '1889' WINCHESTER GUNS.

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To determine the value of your firearm, you must first analyze it carefully.  There will be sufficient information in this course to accurately price and date your 1889 Marlin rifle.  As you go through the process fill in appropriate boxes in the right-hand column by clicking the mouse-pointer on the open circle that is most appropriate.

As you complete the appraisal, enter the information in the column to the right, then determine the final value


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There are four distinct Model Configurations of 1889 Marlin rifle, and they can vary a great deal in value.  In appraising your gun, you must initially determine your Model Configuration, then if it is a standard or deluxe variety.   After selecting the appropriate Model, you will be easily guided through the variations and condition, to the value range.  There are also additional informational pages on the history of Marlin firearms.

 There are 4 steps to this process.

Step 1: Determine the Model-Configuration of firearm
Step 2:
Determine Variations of model type
Step 3: Determine your rifle Condition
Step 4:
Determine the Value of your firearm

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|Introduction | I. History of Marlin Rifles | II. 1889 Models |  III. 1889 Variations |
| IV. Outline of Features | V. Condition  | VI. Diagrams |