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    Unknown age of 22 cal. single shot bolt action rifle.....

    Hello everyone.......

    I have a Marlin bolt action 22 rifle that belonged to my father. This 22 has no serial number nor model number anywhere on the barrel or any other associated part(s). My father was born in 1928 so I'm guessing my grandfather bought him the "squirrel gun" around 1944 when he made the age of 16.

    How can I date this 22 more accurately?

    The only stamping on the barrel is "Marlin Firearms Co.,New Haven,Conn. - 22 S-L-LR".....and that's it period....nothing else.


    Thanks all,

    Paul Sr.

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    BTW....my father has been deceased since 1969 and no other relatives are alive that might have the answer I'm seeking.

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    I think this maybe it... Old Marlin .22 single shot bolt action
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    You have a Model 100, they were made from 1935-1959. But I looked at the catalogs and the the style stock was used
    between 1935-47. But the front sight that you have was used between 1939-47. Also civilian guns were not made during
    WWII, so take 1942-44 out of there. The triggergard is the earlier style used from 35-38 .And if he did got it in 44 it could have been on the self for some time.
    So the gun was probably made 1939 and bought in 44, give or take.

    That is about as close I can get.
    Last edited by Schtoolee; 08-18-2012 at 10:04 PM. Reason: Spotted the triggergard
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    Did Marlin make this gun for Sears? I have a JC Higgins that I've had since I was a kid that looks just like the ones in the pictures. That is except the one I have had been chromed before I got it. I gave $20 for it in either 1966 or 1967. I'll try to get a chance to take a picture. When I get home and look at it more closely it might not look as identical to the one in the pictures as I thought.
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    Marlin made rifles for large store chains...........

    Yes...Marlin has made rifles for larger store chains. I have a 1971 Marlin 30-30 lever action sold under the name of "Revelation" at Western Auto Supply Co.. As per other store chains and names I'm sure other members can tell you more. Good luck

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    Thanks Paul

    I got home and got buisy on something and forgot to look closer at my single shot. Maybe I will remember this afternoon. I really think it is the same gun as the one in the picture.
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    image.jpgimage.jpgimage.jpgimage.jpgI hope I am not hijacking your thread Paul. Mine is a JC Higgins Model 10318. It looks like yours except for the front sight.I have pictures on my IPad but can not figure out how to post them here. I will attach them tomorrow.Paul I have my Dads .22 that was the first gun I ever shot ca. 1956 or so. It is a treasure to me. I hope you are equally proud of your single shot.

    Okay I think I figured out the IPad.
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    It's all gun talk...not hijacking...lol.

    I see one other difference between our .22's. Your trigger guard is of plastic and mine's metal. I have a Mossberg,model 183 Dc,.410 bolt action shotgun that has that same style trigger guard.

    I am very proud of this ole .22 single shot. First because it was my dad's when he was just a teenager and 2nd because it's one mighty fine accurate little rifle. My son will get this .22 passed down to him when I expire...(along with my other firearms).

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    Yes, this single shot is dead on accurate. It is missing the step piece in the rear sight, but that has never kept me from driving nails with it.

    It sounds like you agree that it is basically the same rifle as yours. Your original Marlin is more desirable than mine. I got this one when I was in high school and it had already been chromed. I believe it would be worth more if it were an Unchromed Marlin like yours. For me dollar value is academic anyway since my son learned to shoot with it, before moving to a scoped Marlin 780 as a squirrel gun.

    The gun I have that is the same situation as yours is a Stevens 87A automatic. My dad got it right after WWII and it is the first gun I ever pulled the trigger on. I lost my Dad three years ago and have the Stevens now.
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