History of the Marlin 60
In 1960, Edward Nichol
designed the Marlin Glenfield Model 60 off of the Model 99 platform.
The major improvements
made to the Model 60 over the 99 were the transition from steel inner tubes to
brass inner tubes in the tubular magazine in order to prevent rusting. The
Model 60 was also grooved for tip-off scope mounts and given a different wood
stock. Early models were stamped “Marlin
Model 60G” (“G” for Glenfield), which was replaced in the late 1960s with “Marlin
Glenfield Model 60”, on the barrel.
Most importantly the
Marlin Model 60 featured a 22” grooved and rifled barrel, with Marlin’s patented Micro-Groove rifling technology.
The rifling and the precision-crowned
muzzle gives the Model 60 an inherent accuracy advantage over its other rimfire
competitors. The Micro-Groove system doesn’t damage the actual bullet as it travels
down the barrel but the competitor’s much deeper rifling grooves did.
Since the birth of the
Marlin Glenfield Model 60 there have been over 11 million made to date!
- In 1967, Marlin
introduced the Glenfield Model 70 which is very similar to the Model 60 except
that it uses a box magazine instead of the tubular magazine.
- In 1976, the wrap
around front sight of the Model 60 with a screw on ramp sight. Around that time a compression ring was added
to the magazine tube end catch.
- Then in 1983, Marlin
decided to drop the Glenfield designation along with the barrel band and
- Overall, the basic
design of the Model 60 never changed much for 25 years until, in 1985; Marlin
implemented a “last shot” hold open feature that holds the bolt halfway open
after the last round is ejected. The Glenfield/ Marlin 60 did not come with a bolt release until 1985. Earlier productions did not have the last shot hold open feature. The only way to hold the bolt open was to pull the bolt handle back and push in. To release, pull the bolt a little further back and pull out.
- In the late 1980s,
Marlin was forced to chop the 18-round tubular magazine due to legislation that
was implemented requiring a 15 round limit to meet NJ’s firearms law for
semi-automatic assault weapons.
- In 1999, the barrel
length was shortened from 22” to 19”.
There has also been a succession of changes to the feed throat, ejector,
bolt, action side plates and the trigger guard over the years.
Marlin Model 60 Specs:
14 Round Tubular
Ejection, Last Shot Bolt Hold Open
1 : 16 Right Hand
Adjustable Open Rear
Sights, Ramp Front Sight, Receiver Grooved for Scope Mount
||Can be 3.75 lbs with the MCARBO Trigger Spring Kit for the Marlin 60
The Model 60 is
currently available in 9 distinct versions:
Model 60, the basic
Model 60C, the basic
rifle in a camouflage version
Model 60SN, the basic
rifle with a black fiberglass stock
Model 60SB, the rifle
in a weather-proof stainless steel version
Model 60DL, the basic
rifle in a Monte Carlo walnut stock
Model 60SS, the rifle
in a nickel-plated, stainless steel version with a grey/black laminate stock
Model 60SSK, the rifle
in a nickel-plated, stainless steel version, with black fiberglass stock
Model 60S-CF, the
rifle in a nickel-plated, stainless steel version, with a black
Model 60DLX, the
newest Marlin 60, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Model 60, has a
premium walnut stock and gold fill on the roll marks.
***Below is a reference
chart to accurately determine what year your Marlin was made. This chart applies to all Non Model 39 Marlin
Marlin 60 Manufacture Date - First 2 Digits
model 60 17454701 when was it made