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Marlin 795: "The 4.5 lb .22 Sharpshooter" by Nutnfancy

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Uploaded on Jul 10, 2011

Another Hall of Fame .22 rifle in the Nutnfancy Project, the Marlin 795 is a winner on most accounts. Weighing a featherweight 4 ½ pounds, this little gun carries easily and shoulders rapidly. And yet it features a thick solid steel 18" barrel with Mircogroove rifling. As promised in Marlin literature, this barrel delivers astounding accuracy with all sorts of different loads. The gun in its current version features a well-designed synthetic stock that is tough and waterproof. It has the minor downsides of slickness and somewhat dull checkering (addressed in vid). The sights work well and the rear sight is drifted in the dovetail for windage corrections and the receiver is grooved for scope use. The trigger pulls around 6 lbs in this example and does have some mushiness to it although it did not seem to impair the 795's accuracy which proved to be phenomenal. Firepower is just ten rounds with the reliable and high quality Marlin factory magazines. Similar to the also excellent Marlin Model 60, the 795 has the added advantage of quick magazine changes to get back into the action quicker. Aftermarket higher capacity options like the Shooter's Ridge® mags have proven unreliable and flimsy and I await an extended option from Marlin factory (hopefully featuring polymer bodies and stainless steel feed lips). Magazine swap out is a little bit slower than other guns like the 10/22 but satisfactory in the recreational POU in which the 795 excels. The last shot hold open (LSHO) feature of the 795 is a wonderful feature and sets it apart from some other guns like the 10/22 lacking such a feature. This particular rifle experienced some failures to have the LSHO function however with 100% reliability. Its non-modular design and lack of higher cap mags might stunt the accessories market a bit for the Marlin 795 (and 70PSS) but there is an outstanding option that stands out: the Tech-Sights Model TSM200 iron sights. These steel aperture sights feature extreme quality, easy windage/elevation adjustment, provide a fast and yet precise sight picture, and they open up new frontiers of accuracy for the Marlin (get them at www.tech-sights.com and tell them Nutnfancy sent ya'!). Lock tigh them on to the receiver (blue variety) to prevent walking. Reliability was outstanding on the 795, better than many other .22 rifles tested and that kept the fun factor higher. Value is mind blowing for its features, accuracy, track record, and reliability provided. In the POUs of recreation rifle, markmanship trainer, survival gun, and critter getter, the little Marlin is another epic winner from this historied American gun company.//////////////////////////////Nutnfancy Likability Scale: 9.5 out of 10//////////////////////////Music licensed to TNP from Jason Shaw

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