Freedom Group is a conglomerate that now owns several firearms manufacturers, including Remington, which now makes Marlins, which makes H&R. They also own Bushmaster, DPMS, Para USA and Barnes Bullets just to name a few. And that is why the quality sucks. Marlin was moved to New York (Remington) and since then, you're lucky if you can get a lever gun where something isn't canted, improperly indexed etc. There are cases of the fit and finish being "regularly horrid", even to the point of having 2 different colored woods on one gun. People are evening complaining about the quality of the Bushmasters coming out now.solardon said:I was just sent an email about Freedom Group buying gun manufacturers and closing them. I thought it was a hoax so I went to several other sites and it seems to confirm the email . Better get any future weapons and ammo now before they cant be had.