"Cerberus, in Greek mythology, was the unpleasant multi-headed dog whose job it was to keep damned souls from escaping Hell. Cerberus, in 21st century America, is a holding company whose job it is to ruin gun makers."The iconic Marlin 336 will return to gun shop shelves this year. Here's what Ruger, the new owner, needs to do to return this classic to its former glory.www.fieldandstream.com
No truer words were ever spoken. I once worked for a guy who ended up years later as a top executive for Cerberus. Jack was the driving force behind a maintenance philosophy called "run to failure". Whereby the value imparted to $100M worth of equipment by meticulously maintaining it in showroom condition over the course of 50 years could be extracted and added to the present bottom line. Of course, once it actually failed, you declared bankruptcy and walked away with the profits.
After ruining the company we both worked for he was hired by Cerberus and presided over the similar looting of several corporations they acquired. This is exactly what they did to Remington and other gun companies. There's profit in liquidating the production facilities, the brand name, the reputation, and the product. I hope all such corporate raiders die a slow and painful death.
That said, my first deer rifle was a Marlin 336C in .32 spc. It had a Lyman peep sight and a hooded front bead. I loved it, and can't for the life of me remember whatever possessed me to sell it. I'd happily buy another one in stainless and walnut, chambered in .357 Mag to match my S&W M66.