Richard L. Stephenson, a.k.a. Palo Verde SASS No. 56522, has developed a unique, drop-in, aftermarket spring kit specifically for Marlin lever actions which, when installed, provides for a lighter, smoother action, and a slightly lighter trigger pull. His kit works in virtually all Marlin models, including the 1894, 1895, 39A, 336 and 444.

An Arizona gunsmith specializing in action work for Cowboy shooters, Rich developed his Marlin Spring Kit because he wasn’t satisfied with what was available. He found that currently available springs for the Marlin were either too small in diameter and tended to buckle on the strut or were too large in diameter and tended to move around and drag on the strut, causing uneven loading and unloading of the spring energy. He also found that most springs had open ends that didn’t allow springs to sit flat and square and were not capable of being finely adjusted without cutting coils or spinning.