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Marlin Lever Action Rifles
Marlin lever action rifles of the late 1950s would include a couple of unique Marlin firearms. This would include the model 56 and model 57 in the 22 long rifle. The model 56 would be a clip fed model and the model 57 would be a tube fed model. They would call these the levermatic and they were a great addition to the Marlin rifles of the 1950s.
The model 56 levermatic would be manufactured from 1955 to 1965. They would manufacture around 31,000 of a clip feed model.
The model 57 levermatic would be manufactured from 1957 to 1965. They would manufacture around 34,000 model 57’s.
The model 57 M levermatic would be a tube fed 22 Magnum. The model 57 M would be manufactured from 1959 to 1969. They would make about 66,000 22 Magnums.
The model 62 levermatic would be produced from 1963 till 1969. They would only make a total of 15,000 of the model 62s. The levermatic model 62 would be chambered in the center fire 256 Winchester Magnum and the 30 carbine cartridge. They would manufacture around 8000 of the 15,000 model 62s in the 30 carbine cartridge.
The model 62 is very desirable as a collector’s gun because not many of those firearms were made. Either the 256 Winchester or the 30 carbine are very desirable and if you can find them in excellent condition they can bring a premium. Just a great Marlin lever rifle.
Because of the limited run of these firearms and the unique design they have become desirable for the firearms collectors. Of course the main issue is to find them in great condition.
They will also have an issue with parts in the future as there is not a good supply of parts available. As a gunsmith in the 1970s and 80s I would work on many of these rifles. I would not have many issues with these guns other than the normal cleaning or rebluing. They were pretty much a good design and did function quite well.
The Marlin lever action rifles of the 1950s and 60s are considered excellent examples of quality firearms made in the Golden age of classic firearms. The Marlin lever rifles like the levermatic are going to be good investments for those looking to purchase a firearm that will increase in value.
The Marlin lever action rifles can still be bought at reasonable prices and can be a great addition to any quality gun collection. I consider the Marlin lever rifles in the levermatic to be an Excellent value for the collector.