Compared to the Winchester 94, then the predominant lever-action hunting rifle, the Model 36 was somewhat heavier with a simpler internal mechanism and a full pistol grip-type buttstock in contrast to the Winchester 94's straight grip stock.In 1948, the Model 36 was replaced by the Model 336, which incorporated the patents of Thomas R. Sold under both the Marlin and Glenfield brands, the Model 336 has been in continuous production from 1948 to the present day, and is currently produced by Remington Firearms under the Marlin brand.Additionally, competition from other manufacturers like Marlin with their model 336, lever action, Winchester changed over from a top eject to an angle eject.The reason for this significant changes was now, with the increased popularity of receiver mounted scopes, it was necessary as the older, top eject did not allow for a traditionally mounted scope.
The post-64 Winchester model 94 begin with serial number 2,700,000.
After serving his apprenticeship as a machinist, by 1863 he was in the business of manufacturing small .22, .30 and .32 rimfire single-shot derringers, expanding the line in 1870s to include similar guns in the popular .41 rimfire. Ballard in the 1860s, these falling blocks were first manufactured by Merrimack Arms, then by the Brown Manufacturing Company (which also offered a small single-shot derringer, the Southerner), both in Newburyport, Massachusetts.
Also in that year, Marlin began making small pocket revolvers, similar in looks and construction to early Smith & Wessons. In 1875, Marlin took on the manufacture of Ballard single-shot rifles. Though these products were of good quality, it took Marlin to really get the line off the ground, expanding it to numerous styles and calibers.
While most current variants of the Model 336 feature a full pistol-grip walnut stock, 20 inch barrel and full length tube magazine, other versions of the 336 have been frequently offered by Marlin over the years, including barrel lengths of 16.25-inch, 18-inch, 22-inch and 24-inch barrels, half-length magazines, and models with straight grips and/or hardwood (birch) stocks.
An evolution of the Model 36 rifle, the Model 336 is easily distinguished from its predecessors by its open ejection port machined into the side of the receiver.