Monday, May 29, 2023

Week 22 2023


This Week in Firearms History:

May 28: In 1908 Ian Flemming is born, in 1971 Audie Murphy dies.

May 29: In 1736 Patrick Henry is born, in 1883 Colt is issued their 1st patent for the Lightning Carbine

May 30: In 1962 (Memorial Day) The USS Arizona Memorial is designated a National Shrine.

May 31: In 1930 Clint Eastwood is born; in 1947 Communists seize power in Hungary.

June 1: In 1215 Genghis Khan sacks the city of Peking (Bejing) China

June 2: In 455, King Gaiseric and the Vandals sack Rome, the looting lasts 14 days.

June 3: In 1943, the week-long Zoot Suit Riots begin; in 1987 The Untouchables is released in theaters; in 1989 the Tiananmen Square Massacre begins.

Gun of the Week: The Hi-Standard Sentinel

Introduced in 1955 the Hi-Standard Sentinel was a small revolver built by High-Standard as mostly a .22 rimfire gun.

The revolver which was made from a cast aluminum frame, has ties to Ruger and Sears. The designer was none other than Harry Sefried, who also designed the Ruger Security/Service/Speed six line of revolvers. The two designs share the same grip profile.
Sears sold the gun as the JC Higgins model 88. The guns were originally offered with a 4 or 6" barrel and the swing out cylinder held 9 rounds of 22 LR ammo.
The finishes were usually blued/parkerized, but some came nickel plated and some were anodized in blue, red, pink or gold.
Later a 357/38 version was sold under the Sentinel name, but was made by Dan Wesson.
High-Standard produced the revolver from 1955 up through the 1980's

Cartridge of the Week: 25 ACP

The .25 ACP is another of the Colt pistol cartridges developed with the help of John Moses Browning.

Colt wanted a small pocket pistol, but didn't want to use the .22LR rimfire cartridge as there are often issues with feeding a rimmed cartridge in a stick magazine.
Introduced in 1905 by Browning and first chambered in the FN model of 1905 (which was also produced by Colt as the 1908 Vest Pocket) and called the 6.35mm in Europe.
The cartridge closely mimics the power of the .22 Long Rifle and is semi-rimmed like it's larger 32 ACP brother. The bullet weights are typically 35, 45 or 50 grain. Despite its diminutive size and is not considered a target cartridge, reloading dies for the .25 ACP are available.

Gun Quote of the Week:

" As we used to teach in the spook business, carry a .25 if it makes you feel good, but do not ever load it. If you load it, you may shoot it, if you shoot it, you may hit somebody and if you hit somebody and he finds out about it, he may be very angry with you" - Col Jeff Cooper.

Bubba Gun of the Week:

This week's Bubba gun is actually built by a guy named Bubba. Hailing from Wendover, Utah, Bubba Dean Anderson attached himself a scope mount to his model 94 Winchester.

Gun Sticker of the Week:
Our gun sticker of the week will inform people of the nutritional facts of the contents of your ammo can, buy them here

Gun T-shirt of the Week:

Here is a shirt I had made up from a sign or slogan I found online.

Friday, May 26, 2023

Interesting Firearm Photos #69


surplus Tokarev pistols, presumably headed to US gun dealers

Nazi cinematographer sometime during WWII

While not really firearm related, it is interesting. nine Kings of Europe were brought together for the funeral of King Edward VII of the United Kingdom, and this was not all of them......

Standing, from left to right: King Haakon VII of Norway, Tsar Ferdinand of the Bulgarians, King Manuel II of Portugal and the Algarve, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany and Prussia, King George I of the Hellenes and King Albert I of the Belgians.
Seated, from left to right: King Alfonso XIII of Spain, King George V of the United Kingdom, and King Frederick VIII of Denmark.

Monday, May 22, 2023

Week 21 2023

This Week in Firearms History:

May 21: In 1881, John Pederson was born, also in 1881 Clara Barton starts the Red Cross.

May 22: In 1861, the 1st Union solider is killed in the Civil War; in 1868, The Great Train Robbery occurs; in 2013, Tincanbandit's Gunsmithing Blog goes live.

May 23: In 1868, Kit Carson dies; in 1934 Bonnie & Clyde are gunned down by a posse in Louisiana; in 1943 gun designer George Kelgren is born, in 1951 gun designer John Pederson dies. 

May 24: In 1941 The German battleship Bismarck sinks the British cruiser HMS Hood, only 3 survive. 

May 25: In 1787 the US Constitutional Convention opens; in 1915 WWI, the second battle of Ypres, 105,000 die.

May 26: In 1897, Bram Stoker's Dracula is published; in 1907, John Wayne is born, in 1948 the Israeli Defense Forces are created.

May 27: In 1831 Jedidiah Smith is killed by Comanche Indians; in 1837 Wild Bill Hickok is born; in 1941, the German battleship Bismarck is sunk

Gun of the Week: Beretta CX4 Storm

The CX4 Storm is a 9mm carbine made by Beretta.

The CX4 Storm is a bull pup style carbine (thus the C in the name CX4) and was developed alongside the PX4 pistol. The original version of the CX4 accepted the PX4 pistol magazines, but another version was made to accept Beretta 92/96 magazines. Calibers were 9mm Parabellum and .40 Smith & Wesson.
Barrel length was 16.5" and the overall length was just shy of 30". The gun is completely ambidextrous, what controls do not exist on both sides can be swapped to either side. Read more here.

Cartridge of the Week: 8mm Mauser

The 8mm Mauser is also known as the 7.92 x 57mm, it was developed around the turn of the century and adopted by the German military for the K-98 Mauser rifle in 1905.

The cartridge and the rifle were subsequently adopted by a dozen or more countries including Turkey, Spain, Czechoslovakia & Poland. This became a boon to the Nazis during WWII as the likelihood of a captured weapon being a Mauser in 8mm Mauser in some of the conquered countries was good. Germany used the rifle in both World Wars and was abandoned after WWII as they had no military. After the war the gun and cartridge became popular with North American hunters, as the surplus rifles were cheap and the cartridge capable of taking any North American game.
Ammunition is still readily available both in Europe and the U.S.

Gun Quote of the Week:

“Firearms stand next in importance to the constitution itself. They are the American people's liberty teeth and keystone under independence … from the hour the Pilgrims landed to the present day, events, occurrences and tendencies prove that to ensure peace security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable … the very atmosphere of firearms anywhere restrains evil interference — they deserve a place of honor with all that's good.” - George Washington

Bubba Gun of the Week:

Junior Jerry-Lee Lee built this custom Glock pistol using parts from his scrap pile. He was a contender for the "Most Heinous Treatment of a Pistol" category in a previous Golden Poop Award competition.

Gun Sticker of the Week:

This weeks gun sticker is from Liberty Maniacs

Gun T-shirt of the Week:

This week's gun t-shirt is inspired by the cult classic The Big Lebowski, feature Walter Sobchak and his 1911 pistol.

Buy them here

Friday, May 19, 2023

Firearm Factory of the Month: Marlin Firearms

The story of the Marlin Firearms Companies has to start with the man whose name the company bears.
John Malon Marlin was born on May 6th, 1836 near the town of Windsor Locks, CT.

At the age of 18, Marlin became an Apprentice Machinist at the American Machine Works, his contract ran through his 21st birthday.

In those days if a company were to train you in a trade, you have to agree to provide them with your labor for a pre-determined amount of time.

At some point he went to work for Colt's Patent Fire Arms Company in Hartford and was working there during the early years of the Civil War.
In 1863 Marlin moved to New Haven to open his own shop making pistols.
His first shop is believed to have been at # 18 Williams Street. Soon after he was listed as working out of a shop at 599 State Street, at the junction of State and Hamilton Streets.

Marlin lived and worked in New Haven until 1867 or so, according to patent paperwork filed, he was living in Hartford between 1867 and 1869. By 1870 he was back in New Haven and officially started the Marlin Fire Arms Company. 

The years between 1870 and 1880 Marlin built 40,000 Ballard rifles under contract as well as 16,000 pistols of various calibers and configurations.

in 1875, Marlin purchased three & a half acres along Willow Street in the East Rock neighborhood of New Haven.
He built a long and narrow (228' x 40') building of brick and timber.

This followed typical construction of factory buildings as before electricity the buildings were lit by natural light, so long and narrow allowed the sun to light the factory floor from both sides.


His new factory was just 1.5 miles from rival gun maker Winchester.

It was in this building in 1880 that Marlin, along with his designers created the 1st Marlin repeater, a lever action, originally called the Marlin Repeater, the Marlin Magazine gun or simply the Marlin Rifle.
The gun used features and patents by several gun designers including Andrew Burgess, H.F. Wheeler and E.A.F. Topperwien.

Here is that very first gun, serial #1

The rifle later got the moniker the model of 1881, the year it was first made available to the public.

It was during this time that Carl Gustav Swebilius came to work for Marlin as a barrel driller. He later became chief designer and went on to form his own gun company High Standard.

In 1889 the famous Marlin Cowboy/Horse logo was created. The Marlin font was designed later

A few words about the logo by Glen Fryxell:

Marlin Firearms, the very name conjures the image of a lean horseman, with a red bandana around his dusty neck and a work-worn felt hat jammed awkwardly onto his head, his chestnut mount braced at a sudden stop, and both of them are intently focused on something just out of picture. The Marlin lever gun is poised, almost at port-arms, ready to snap to the rider's bestubbled face and deal the unseen threat a leaden blow. It is a picture of a man, independent and free, taking care of himself. This image has captivated generations or American shooters and undoubtedly has helped sell countless Marlin rifles over the years. After all, it is one of the central facets of how we Americans view ourselves -- independent, free and capable.

In December of 1915 Marlin was acquired by Rockwell Manufacturing, a company mostly involved with the heavy truck market, but WWI was raging in Europe, and they wanted in on the lucrative contracts for small arms.

A year later Marlin-Rockwell purchased the assets of the Hopkins & Allen/Forehand & Wadsworth Company in Norwich, CT. This gave them expanded manufacturing capabilities.

During the Great War, Marlin-Rockwell produced more than 60,000 machine guns including an improved version of the Browning-Colt "Potato digger", the new version called the M1917 Marlin-Rockwell Machine gun.

By 1921 the company was in financial trouble and filed for bankruptcy. An auction was held in 1924 and the assets and liabilities were purchased by businessman Frank Kenna for $100.

Frank immediately went to work restructuring the company, it wasn't long before new models were being designed and produced.

In the 1930s Marlin began making razor blades, most gun companies had to find a secondary market to stay afloat during the Great Depression.

Somewhere along the line, Marlin designs there moden font and combined it with the horseman logo.

In 1968 Marlin began construction on a new state of the art, 226,000 square foot factory on 23 acres next to the freeway in North Haven. The street leading to the factory was named "Kenna Drive".

After 99 years in the same building, all production was moved to the new factory in 1969.

In November of 2000, Marlin purchased H&R 1871 Inc of Gardener, MA.

In 2007 the Kenna family sold to rival gun maker Remington

in March of 2010 it was announced that the North Haven plant would be closed, production of new rifles ended in August of that year. on March 31st 2011, the remaining employees had their last day at work. Ironically, this was five years to the day that the Winchester plant in New Haven was shuttered by it's new owners.

The Marlin name and products suffered under Remington ownership, as did Remington. Remington filed for bankruptcy and Marlin was purchased by Sturm, Ruger & Company in September of 2020.

Time Line of Events

1836 - John Marlin is born
1854 - Marlin goes into training as a machinist
1858 - Marlin goes to work at Colt
1863 - Marlin begins making pistols
1870 - Marlin Firearms is founded in New Haven
1875 - Marlin buys 3.5 acres in New Haven for a large factory
1877 - or so - Marlin moves into the new factory
1881 - Marlin makes their first lever action and their first repeater
1889 - Marlin creates their horseman/cowboy logo
1915 - Marlin is acquired by Rockwell
1916 - Marlin-Rockwell acquires Hopkins and Allen
1921 - Marlin goes bankrupt
1924 - Marlin's assets and rights purchased by Frank Kenna
1930 - Marlin begins making razor blades
1968 - Marlin builds a new factory in North Haven
1969 - The old Marlin factory in New Haven is vacated
2000 - Marlin purchases H&R 1871
2007 - Marlin acquired by Remington
2011 - Marlin North Haven plant closes
2020 - Remington goes Bankrupt
2020 - Ruger buys Marlin

What Remains

The old Marlin plant in New Haven still stands. It has been reworked into work lofts and small business spaces.

The North Haven plant is still operating, with a new owner C. Cowles and Company.

The Marlin logo endures, Ruger is keeping Marlin as a separate division and is already producing lever action rifles


Brophy, William S. (1989) Marlin Firearms: A History of the Guns and the Company That Made Them (First Edition) Stackpole Books

Marlin Firearms Co. | Making Places (