DATE: Mid 1890s,
A little-known fact is that Marlin made the first 8,000 or so __________________(the predecessor to the ________model ____ Rifle). It seems that _________ had the rifle design, but did not have the manufacturing capabilities, so he contracted this work out to Marlin. These rifles can be identified by the "JM" that they have stamped on the bottom side of the barrel.
What famous gunmaker contracted with Marlin around 1895 to make the first 8,000 lever rifles for them?