There are a lot of choices out there in the market today when looking for the best .22 caliber rifle. The Marlin 795 is on the less expensive end of this spectrum priced usually between $140.00 and $170.00. The Marlin 795 is a very basic .22 rifle with synthetic stock. The Marlin is a very cost effective gun versus some of it’s competitors like the Ruger 10/22. It’s one of the least expensive options out there but is a little more limited in the amount of customization options it has. When I tested the Marlin 795, I grouped effectively at a 4 inch radius at 100 yards. Not bad for borrowing my buddy’s gun having never shot it before. I did have 2 FTE’s during my first clip, but other than that, it was very reliable out of 500 rounds.
The stock is synthetic and much like the Ruger 10/22 Takedown, it exceeds in the fact that it has a very good grip hold, even with extreme heat (tested at an outdoor range in sunny Arizona). One of the issues I had with the Marlin was that it’s magazine release uses tension to hold in the magazine and I needed both hands to remove the magazine and reload it. It took me a little time to get used to this because my Ruger is so flawless when I push the lever release and pull it out quickly with my other hand.
Cleaning the gun itself isn’t difficult, and very similar to the Ruger 10/22. It requires two screws to be removed and then everything comes apart, easy to clean and to put back together again. The lack of aftermarket parts for the Marlin 795 is one of the items that turned me away from this model, but I could be a little biased since I have already owned a Ruger 10/22 for so many years.
The Marlin 795 is indeed a great gun for the price, and would be a great gun for a novice shooter to start learning on. It’s something that won’t break the bank both with cost of ammunition, nor with accessories since the aftermarket is a little more limited for this rifle, making it probably not the best optimized for those out there that enjoy customizing a rifle to make it their own. If you are into customizing guns like customizing a car, the Ruger 10/22 is going o be very hard to beat. With that being said, the Marlin 795 is still extremely serviceable and respectable as a cheap gun that would easily serve as a young man’s first rifle.
One of the best things about this .22 caliber rifle is the fact that the bolt stays open after you fire your last shot, similar to the way a handgun’s slide stays open after the last fire. This is a great feature that it’s competitors do not have and it’s great for novice shooters so that they can figure out when the clip is emptied. Overall the features make this rifle a very good option for shooters of all ages, however I would still give the ultimate edge over the Ruger 10/22 as the best .22 rifle for the customization options.