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Ruger Revives Marlin Firearms

Lever-action legend Marlin Firearms, previously owned by Remington, has returned after being bought by Ruger in 2020 for $30 million.

After acquiring Marlin Firearms in late 2020, Ruger sets the stage for its triumphant return, teasing the lever-action company’s revival.

Four years after Marlin’s last social media post, the company took to Facebook announcing, “We’re back!” followed by an update to its profile picture and cover photo.

Marlin .45-70 and Remington Ammo
Marlin Dark Series 1895

The historic Marlin brand was originally nestled under parent company Remington but was bought by Ruger after Remington filed under Chapter 11 in October 2020.

Ruger bid and won the lever-action brand for a cool $30 million.

“The value of Marlin and its 150-year legacy was too great of an opportunity for us to pass up,” said Ruger President and CEO Chris Killoy in a press release after the sale. “The brand aligns perfectly with ours and the Marlin product portfolio will help us widen our already diverse product offerings.”

Court filings show Ruger acquired plenty of assets to manufacture Marlin firearms, including more than 80 pages of tooling, machines, components, and spare parts.

Additionally, Ruger received Marlin’s patents, FFLs, domain names, social media pages, trademarks, and other intellectual property.

Marlin’s physical assets were packed up and shipped to Ruger’s facility in Mayodan, North Carolina, on December 9, 2020.

Ruger Moves Marlin Tools
Pictured is the last truckload of Marlin equipment headed to Ruger’s North Carolina facilities.(Photo: Marlin Firearms via Facebook)

Formed in 1870 by John Mahlon Marlin, Marlin Firearms produced handguns, shotguns, and even machine guns before jumping into its iconic lever-action cowboy-style guns.

Marlin was later acquired by Remington, who continued the lever-action legacy with the Model 1895, Model 1894, and Model 336 rifles.

But Remington hit a roadblock after years of struggling sales, filing under Chapter 11 for the second time in July 2020.

Remington Logo

And that’s when Ruger swept in, bidding on Marlin and ultimately winning the firearms brand.

(To see a complete list of winners in the Remington sale, check out a list here.)

Ruger itself owns a successful line of rimfire .22s, and it’s unclear whether it will allow the Marlin branch to continue its own .22 series.

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That said, Ruger’s Killroy assured customers that Marlin’s legacy would live on.

“The important thing for consumers, retailers, and distributors to know at this point in time is that the Marlin brand and its great products will live on,” Killroy said. “Long Live the Lever Gun.”

What do you think of Marlin and its new home with Ruger? Let us know in the comments below. Want to read about another acquisition? Check out why Ammo Inc. Purchased GunBroker.com and at what price.

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  • Commenter Avatar

    Rugers stability should keep Marlin and the 336 going for a long while

    July 29, 2021 6:44 pm
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    Robert B

    It seems like Ruger would be passing up a huge opportunity if they don't continue the Model 60 and 795.

    July 29, 2021 6:44 pm
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      Lying Bastard

      The 795 is a 10/22 competitor, so I expect to be canned. The Model 60 isn't, so it may survive.

      July 31, 2021 9:15 am
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    Great to see a great brand gets a second chance.

    July 29, 2021 7:06 am
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    Jack Toffmore

    Good to see they'll be releasing new product soon!

    July 28, 2021 5:59 pm
    • Commenter Avatar

      Yep, I’d like a nice 336.

      July 28, 2021 8:35 pm
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