Western Auto Revelation Rifle – 336 Lever Action 30-30 Marlin

Western Auto Revelation Rifle – 336 Lever Action 30-30 Marlin

This, uh, Western Auto Revelation Rifle was a branded Marlin. Marlin was hired by Western auto, and I think it was out of Kansas city, as one of these auto, not an auto car dealership, but parts. So they would hire Marlin to build them a rifle with their brand name on it. So Marlin would just stamp out another 336 lever action, 30-30 Marlin rifle.

But instead of saying Marlin on it, it said Western Auto Revelation. Gave it a model number and everything else. Now I would imagine that, um, they cut some corners to lower the price and made it a little extra special, or maybe they went the opposite direction and made an extra fancy one, whatever they would really order, I suppose.

But I would guess they would go with a Birch stock rather than Walnut and perfectly functional, just not quite as fancy. And maybe they would use a little bit, I don’t know something different, but it was essentially a Marlin 336 lever action rifle.

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  1. Brandon Renner on September 29, 2022 at 8:58 pm

    My grandpa worked at the local western auto for years

  2. cornbread burgess on September 29, 2022 at 9:03 pm

    I do remember that store Lol,they sold all kinds of guns during their day.thanks Ron 👍

  3. J Simons on September 29, 2022 at 9:03 pm

    My dad shot a 243 Bolt action Western Auto Revelation that he got in the 1970s. He took a train load of deer with it.

  4. Clinton Layne on September 29, 2022 at 9:10 pm

    Just like the Ted Williams series.

  5. Joel Mcmahan on September 29, 2022 at 9:11 pm

    The 336 in 30/30 and 35 have been a great tool for myself and many other bear and deer hunters for years. The lever action Marlin has been a dependable platform that has been good to many shooters on outdoors adventures. Plus comes in so many calibers for whatever a shooter needs. 🎥💯👍💪🏽

  6. Robert Ross on September 29, 2022 at 9:16 pm

    Everyone has a history of Winchester video.. a few on Marlin of dubious quality.. really would enjoy a full history of the company

  7. Drew Ledbetter on September 29, 2022 at 9:30 pm

    I got one.
    Yes the stock isn’t as nice, but it’s a marlin.

  8. Elgato on September 29, 2022 at 9:34 pm

    We who know adore you Ron. I mean that you are a true part of our heritage and experience. Keep it up!

  9. joracer1 on September 29, 2022 at 9:35 pm

    Western Auto is a hardware store, that had tires, auto supplies, jacks, tools, lawn mowers, basically a Sears… and the revelation rifles were great, I wish I had one now you don’t ever see them anywhere.