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    marlin 50a1

    I got an old marlin that i posted about a couple of weeks ago. I believe its a model 50 a1. It is in remarkable shape to be so old. I hope the pictures work as I have never sent pics before. The bore is perfect. I took it apart and cleaned it up, removing some 80 years of old oil and dirt. Loaded it up with std. vel cci's and shot it at 40 yards. It functioned flawlessly and went about an inch and a quarter for five shots. The trigger pull was not too bad for and old auto. The factory sights make it a little tough on old eyes. All in all, a great rifle. I rate it at about 90+ percent. It must have stood in a closet for a long time. Anyone have any info on these guns history let me know.
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    Sweet looking Marlin!

    Thanks for the pictures.


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    Very cool! You sure don't see those often.
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    What you have is a A-1-E, it looks like it is missing the rear peep sight. The A-1 was made from 1936-40, and fired from a closed bolt.
    The Model 50, was made from 1931 -1935 and fired from an open bolt.

    Here is a cropped section out of the 1936 catalog showing the 2 model A-1's.

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    La'i-be'eeldoh=(many guns)-NRA Life - Marlin league #16, Minnesota MarlinOwners--Team's= Marlin Express, Levermatic, 35 Rem #68, 32 Special #4, 45-70 #28, 1894 #94,30-30 #131, 39 #39, 38-55 #39, X7 #47, 60 #120, Shotgun #3, 366-44 #2, 44-40 #37, 22 Mag #006, 356 #?, MR7 #3 pending-Finally an Updated Marlin Dates and Production sheets.-Marlin Model 32-38 Pump Project-LEVERMATIC Catalog pages 1955-69 -This is how I converted a Marlin pump 22, to new type mag tube.

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    I think it is a Mod A1. Not the target model. It's front sight is original and not the globe. Also it has the standard rear sight that is also original. I wish there was some way to tell the year of manufacture .

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    I was mistaken on my last post. The A-1 was made from 1936 - 1941, not 1940.
    But in 1939 they change the trigger gard to plastic, and got rid of the large takedown nut on the bottom.

    So yours was made from 1936 to 1938. That is as close as I can get, without a sales receipt.

    This is from the 1939 catalog.

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    La'i-be'eeldoh=(many guns)-NRA Life - Marlin league #16, Minnesota MarlinOwners--Team's= Marlin Express, Levermatic, 35 Rem #68, 32 Special #4, 45-70 #28, 1894 #94,30-30 #131, 39 #39, 38-55 #39, X7 #47, 60 #120, Shotgun #3, 366-44 #2, 44-40 #37, 22 Mag #006, 356 #?, MR7 #3 pending-Finally an Updated Marlin Dates and Production sheets.-Marlin Model 32-38 Pump Project-LEVERMATIC Catalog pages 1955-69 -This is how I converted a Marlin pump 22, to new type mag tube.

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    Nice rifle congratulations.

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    That gun is in great condition congrats!
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    Well you got yourself some Enabler points.

    I found a A-1 on GB. It was ether made the very last part of 1935, or the very beginning of 1936.
    It has the same finger grooves on the forearm, as the Model 50.

    I have a 1935 catalog, that came with a 1936 price sheet, and this flier for the New Model A-1.
    It is pictured below. The 1936 catalog is the one I posted above, and dosen't have the finger grooves.

    Also is the GB pictures, since I haven't recieved it yet.
    Paid $224 for it.


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    La'i-be'eeldoh=(many guns)-NRA Life - Marlin league #16, Minnesota MarlinOwners--Team's= Marlin Express, Levermatic, 35 Rem #68, 32 Special #4, 45-70 #28, 1894 #94,30-30 #131, 39 #39, 38-55 #39, X7 #47, 60 #120, Shotgun #3, 366-44 #2, 44-40 #37, 22 Mag #006, 356 #?, MR7 #3 pending-Finally an Updated Marlin Dates and Production sheets.-Marlin Model 32-38 Pump Project-LEVERMATIC Catalog pages 1955-69 -This is how I converted a Marlin pump 22, to new type mag tube.

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    You're going to like it. Mine shoots into about an inch and a quarter at fifty yards. I mentioned that I found a Ranger 34 , the same gun sold by Sears , but made by Marlin . My two guns are identical but for the butt plate. The 34 is metal and the Marlin is synthetic . It is in rough shape on the outside, but mint bore and inner parts. Since it was already rough , I drilled and tapped it and put an old Lyman 6x on it. Best group at fifty yds is a little under 3/4 inches . It's throwing some fliers every other group , so I am going to do some tuning on it. The triggers on both guns are pretty heavy, but not terrible. Both function flawlessly . I only paid forty dollars for it , and I've already got several hundred dollars worth of enjoyment of of it.
    That one you got looks to be a beauty. Very clean . I don't understand how a prewar semi auto Marlin is not up with other Marlin 22's .
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