This section needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. August Learn how and when to remove this template message The Marlin Model 99 was developed in by Ewald Nichol. Internally, it was essentially what would become the Model 60 in However, major differences were visible from the exterior.
The Model 99 featured a walnut stock, and the receiver, instead of being grooved for tip-off scope mounts like the Model 60 would be, was factory-tapped to accept screw-on scope mounts. The Model 99 was offered from through , and a lower priced version, Model 99G, was offered under Marlin's Glenfield line. The Marlin Model 60 was developed in from the Model 99 design. The primary difference was that the stock was made of birch instead of walnut to reduce the recurring production costs for the more expensive wood.
Marlin also moved away from their practice of using steel inner tubes with their tubular magazine. They moved back to brass inner tubes as other companies had done.
This, instead of the steel tubes often seen on earlier Marlin. The Model 60 additionally featured a groove rifled barrel, utilizing Marlin's trademarked Micro-Groove rifling technology, which had been developed in This rifling, with its precision-crowned muzzle, gave the Model 60 an inherent, enhanced accuracy over competing rifles, which used traditional deep grooved rifling, because the bullet was not as severely deformed while traveling down the barrel, and downrange.
The Model 60 has a manual "fully open" bolt hold position, activated by pushing the charging handle inwards towards the gun when it is in the fully retracted, open breech position. To close the bolt with the manual bolt hold-open engaged, the charging handle must be pulled out, away from the gun, before the bolt will go forward.
Since , the Model 60 has also included a patented automatic "last-shot" bolt hold-open. This latter feature is a safety feature that locks the bolt half-way open after the last cartridge is fired, thereby allowing the safe inspection of the now-open action. This also notifies the user when the gun is empty. Marlin Model 60 with after-market stock. During the lates, the capacity of the rifle was reduced to a round maximum limit, to meet New Jersey's firearms law for semi-automatic assault weapons.
For a few years in the mids the Model 60 rifles had both the "last shot hold open" feature and also held 18 rounds in the tube magazine. Those rifles with those two features are among the most sought after Model 60s. The redesigned magazine tube was visibly shorter than the barrel, which is how rifles from this period can be easily identified.
This had the effect of reducing the length of the rifle from The photo above is of the Non-removable tubular magazine-fed rifles were never subject to the 10 round limit of the Federal Assault Weapons Ban.
Marlin also manufactured models for export, which had various capacities to comply with foreign firearms regulations. Despite slight design changes since , there is general backwards compatibility of nearly all internal parts. Some notable parts that are year-specific are the feed throat mechanisms, magazine tubes, firing pins, and hammers. August Learn how and when to remove this template message Two Marlin Model 60s.
The 15 round model has a third screw slightly behind the trigger guard to reinforce the stock, which the old model lacks. There are a few models that were a mixture of both, 22" barrel, 18 round capacity, last round bolt hold open feature and the third reinforcing screw. Different wood is used for the stock itself. The action design is a self-loading , straight blowback operation, with right-side ejection.
The receiver top has a serrated, non-glare finish. The receiver is held in the stock by front and rear machine screws through forearm and the trigger guard respectively later models add a wood screw behind the trigger guard to reinforce the wrist of the stock.
The receiver is grooved for a scope mount. For use without a scope, the barrel features an adjustable open rear sight and a ramp front sight. The charging handle is used to load the first round from the magazine and can be retracted and pushed in as a manual bolt hold-open feature. Current model has an automatic "last-shot" bolt hold-open device with an external lever in the front of the trigger guard to release the bolt. Earliest Model 60s did not have a bolt hold-open; first the manual, then in the mids the automatic "last shot" hold-open were added.
The rifle has an easily accessible cross-bolt safety located above the trigger. When disassembled, the trigger guard with trigger and safety remains in the stock. Marlin uses their proprietary Micro-Groove rifling in the Model The twist rate is 1: Micro-Groove rifling uses 16 small lands and grooves rather than 4, 6 or 8 deeper grooves used in most rifles.
This increases the accuracy of the rifle by lessening deformation of fired bullets traveling down the barrel. Although the Model 60 is one of the least expensive. The Model 99 has been sold in over thirty-five variants, and is one of the fastest-selling sporting rifles ever, as of Uses[ edit ] The Model 60 is well-suited for small-game hunting and vermin control, as well as for serious but low-cost target practice while preparing for hunting with larger rifles.
The relatively large ammunition capacity is adequate for casual recreational target shooting "plinking" , plus the low price and ease of handling makes it well-suited as a first rifle by young hunters just learning to use a semi-automatic rifle. Has a premium walnut stock and gold fill on the roll marks, otherwise same as base model. Marlin Model 99 and 99DL - this was the first version of the Model 60, offered in a walnut stock, to Marlin 99G - Very similar to the 60 Model 99M1 - styled to resemble the US Army M1 carbine, with eighteen-inch barrel, handguard, barrel band, nine-shot magazine even with the end of the stock, and receiver sight mounted on the scope grooves.
Model M2 - styled like the 99M1, but with a box magazine. Glenfield Model 99G - precursor of the Model 60G. Glenfield Model 75 - Carbine version.
Shorter 16" barrel and nine shot mag tube. No bolt release lever in trigger guard. Supplied with sling swivels. This model is very rare because of the short production run, and little info is known. Came with a supremely durable gold-plated metal trigger instead of the standard polymer trigger, and a stainless steel breech bolt in lieu of the blue steel breech bolt on the Model The rimfire, tube-fed, semi-automatic rifle is chambered for.