In what has to be the longest foreplay in firearms history, Remington has finally bought Marlin!
This from the PR Newswire:
Tommy Millner Remington's CEO, said, "I am pleased to announce that Marlin's well known brands with a long heritage of providing quality rifles and shotguns to hunters and shooters around the world will join the Remington family. The opportunity to combine two historic U.S. based companies with such storied and proud histories, is both challenging and exhilarating."Good lord...if it had taken any longer, we'd all have collapsed in exhaustion! I mean, this thing has been percolating seemingly forever.
"We look forward to working with Bob Behn, a well respected member of our industry. He will remain as president of Marlin, charting a course of further growth and operational improvement," Mr. Millner continued.
What does it mean?
Not the slightest idea...I'm going to have to think about it a bit...my little cherubs and seraphim have been telling me that Marlin has been doing excellently in big-bore lever actions, but has been making noises about getting out of the cowboy lever gun business. I know they've got people standing in line for their 39A lever .22!
I'll try to reach Tommy Milner tonorrow and see if I can get him on the podcast next week...