The Marlin Bicycle Rifle redux

A few years ago I covered this interesting little pop gun for Marlin Forum:

For the low-low price of just $15.35 in 1897 (adjusted to $350 in today’s wampum), you could get a 5-pound Model 1897 Special Style Bicycle Rifle from JM Marlin in New Haven Connecticut. The gun had a special 16-inch round or octagon barrel (an extra $1.65 for the octagon), and would hold 16 short, 12 long, or 10 long-rifle cartridges in its underbarrel tubular magazine.

1897 Bike Gun with optional Lyman sight

1897 Bike Gun with optional Lyman sight

What made the gun so neat was that it was a take-down model and as such would break apart into two small sections, each shorter than a loaf of bread. For the extra sum of $1.50, you could get a special canvas leather bound case that was made to hold your Marlin in its takedown configuration. While in its case, it would fit neatly under any gentleman’s new diamond-frame bicycle. It was listed in from 1897-1915 and its total production figures are not known.

With all that being said, Ian over at Forgotten Weapons got his hand on one while at the Rock Island Auction House and it’s pretty sweet as shown in the below vid posted yesterday:

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