Marlin Levermatic

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The Marlin Levermatic was a family of lever-action rifles created by Marlin Firearms in the 1950s. The Levermatic differed from the traditional lever-action rifles, such as the Marlin 39A, in that it employed a cam-and-roller system giving it an extremely smooth and short lever motion to reload a new cartridge.

This cam-and-roller system was originally invented by Kessler Arms Company for their "Lever-Matic" shotgun. Following Kessler's dissolution, Marlin licensed the idea and began producing rifles using a similar design.


The Levermatic system was used in the following rifle models:

Planned models[edit]

Marlin had also planned to produce the Levermatic in .357 Magnum and .22 Remington Jet, both related to the .256 Magnum, but these options never materialized.[1]


  1. ^ Jerry Lee (9 July 2012). Gun Digest 2013. Gun Digest Books. pp. 368–. ISBN 1-4402-2932-5. 


  • Malloy, John. Marlin’s Levermatic Rifle Line Offered Untraditional Design. New Gun Week, Vol. 40 Issue 1811 - Jan. 1. 2005.