Apparently, more than a handful of people have noticed the latest products coming out of Marlin have Quality Assurance issues.
Oh dear. This might put a damper on acquiring a lever gun that shoots .38 Special Paid for with my Tax 'Refund' check that Nancy Pelosi and Harry Ried want to send me.
Marlin was bought by Remington, and now it seems the Marlin workers have let the quality slough WAY off. My buddy Chuckles bought a Marlin .17 and had to return it for a better version. The finish on the stock of the first one they gave him was peeling and cracked around a screw.
But I don't care about the rest of their customers, but what about ME?! What am I to do?! (Man this sometimes the self-induclgent purpose of this blog is annoying even to me.)
Now what? It'll be years before Remington can improve the quality. What a crying shame. Marlin used to be good. Dang.
My alternatives for "Gummint Cheez", my desired 1894C:
- ~ Wait. Purchase it way down the line. After quality returns or someone fills the gap in the market.
- ~ Buy a used one. I guess, but I shouldn't have to. And there aren't THAT many on the used gun market.
- ~ Find an alternative. Winchester had quality issues their last year or so, but the company that bought them out hasn't ramped up the lever-gun production yet, so a new Winchester is out. I don't like Savage, and don't even know if they make a 1894C. Puma is a brand mentioned in the Mad Ogre article, but one as "Marlin quality is so crappy that people are actually preferring the crappy Pumas, THAT's how sad-crappy Marlin is."
- ~ Take a chance. Have my dealer get a Marlin in, go over it carefully and reject it if sub par. But that's a pain in my dealer's butt if the findings are negative. I don't like being anything but a good customer to my dealer. But maybe I can squeak in under the wire and get a decent rifle on the first roll of the dice. I hate it being up to Chance.
- ~ Just don't get one. If one falls in my lap in the future, fine, but I COULD just take it off the list forever. Or bury it in the Tertiary List and just be disappointed. Spend the money on an M1A or something. Not that I can call an M1A "Gummint Cheez" like I planned for the Marlin 1894C. It just wouldn't be dignified.
I'll have to check with my dealer to see if he can recommend anything.
Anyone have any other recommendations? Am I overlooking an obvious solution, not listed above?