When researching a new .45 Colt carbine to buy, I went to a Marlin forum and there were a bunch of threads about how they all went to crap over a decade ago when Freedom Group bought them out, fired the experienced workers, and hired cheap and inexperienced labor. Quality tanked and multiple issues arose. Then I read that they were slowly improving and you could find a decent rifle. You can get an 1894 about $250 less than a comparable Henry. So I bought one and it arrived with decent, but not good, fit and finish, yet a far cry from the Marlins before the takeover. Now, my LGS had the comparable Henry model in stock but it had the action zip-tied closed and a trigger lock. No way to verify that it cycled smoothly. But I did look at the fit and finish and the wood to metal fit was not impressive though the checkering and bluing was better than Marlin. But with Marlin, the devil is in the details. After now having dug deeper into the forums after having issues and read extensively experiences from industry insiders and customers, it seems Marlin WAS improving. Then the guy that was turning things around left, or was forced out, and quality has again taken a sharp downturn. There is apparently a narrow window of rifles that were produced that had improved to acceptable and then changes were made and they are again producing junk. I have taken my rifle apart twice, in an effort to correct a binding action and occasional jams. I got the action to stop binding by putting a radius on a cam on the lever and the edges of the hammer. Today, I was backing out a forearm screw when it fell apart. It literally split in half. I found out that Marlin has even changed the quality of the screws that hold the guns together! That explains why a replacement screw is on a 5 to 8 week backorder. Once I got the magazine tube out, I discovered that the follower, which is plastic, was partially crushed and cracked. How that happened to a new rifle with around 50 rounds through it is beyond me. Every time I touch this rifle, I find something else that is screwed up or inferior quality. Unfortunately, I screwed myself by going down the path of trying to fix it myself, thinking a couple of minor tweaks would make it a reliable rifle. I have voided the warranty. However, the latest news is that there is a current backlog of two months for warranty repairs. It is getting longer every week due to the huge number of garbage rifles they produced. And, it takes a couple of tries to get it repaired properly and most people give up and just get their money back. So, even if I hadn't touched it, I would have been out of a rifle for a few months at least. I will continue to try and address the multiple shortcomings of my rifle and will likely have more into it than I would have had if I had just bought a Henry. The bottom line is that you should not buy a Marlin. They have cheapened the components and if one fails and you send it in for repair, you will be out of a rifle for months at a time. Learn from my mistake and DON'T BUY A MARLIN!!