I have a Marlin 60 that I really enjoy shooting. I plan on using that gun as my son’s introduction to shooting, when he gets old enough. He’s only 18 months old at the moment, so a little young to handle a firearm responsibly.
Cheaper Than Dirt has an informative write-up on the history of Marlin. Pretty impressive that Marlin has produced in excess of 30 million lever-action rifles.