Dating a Marlin 20
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    Tenderfoot
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    Dating a Marlin 20, is really a model 47

    Hello All,

    I have a 22 caliber pump action Marlin that I belive is a Marlin Model 20 judging by pictures I have seen online; though it is not actually marked with a model number anywhere I can see. It has a take down screw in the side of the receiver. The barrel is 22 inches long, and a round profile. The only number that I can find on it is on the bottom rear receiver tang, behind the trigger guard: 4104. Presumably a serial number, but only four digits. It has a Marvel Gladstone rear pedestal sight. The newest patent date on the barrel is March 24, 1908, so the gun was made after that date. From what I can gather on dating info posted here on this forum the model 20 was in production from 1907-22. Curious to know what year it might have been made.

    -Doug
    Last edited by kepom; 06-15-2019 at 09:38 AM.

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    Remove the tang sight, or as you called it "Pedestal sight" and the model will be stamped on the tang under it. That's probably a Marbles sight, not Marvels.
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    Tenderfoot
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    Thanks for the reply. I don't have notifications turned on, so only just revisited the forum and saw it. You are quite correct, it is a Marbles sight; need to put the reading glasses on! I removed the sight as suggested and underneath found it is a Model 47, not 20 as I first thought going by its appearance. (I will add the model number to the post subject if I can.) I did a search here on "Marlin 47", so the next task is to go through the list of results and do a little reading up on it. A quick glace shows it was a promotional rifle sent out for buying a certain amount of Marlin shares vs. a cataloged model. Again, thanks!

    -Doug
    Last edited by kepom; 06-15-2019 at 09:39 AM. Reason: fix typo


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