Manufactured in 1966, Purchased new in 1968 at a local Hardware Store as there were no Gun Dealers were in the area. I hunted Squirrel almost every day of season for several years. Of all my firearms it is the one I will never part with. I have two other Marlin Lever Guns. 1892 .22 mfg in 1898 & 1894 .357M mfg in 1980.