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Hey guys,
What's your favorite Marlin in your collection. Pic's would be nice. Also if there is any history behind them.
Mine is a Mod. 92 .32 cal. that is a real beauty after I cleaned her up last week after buying it.
Other is a Mod. 39A DOM 1939 99.5+ condition. I know I don't have any pics but am working on down loading my digital here real soon.
Both of these rifles were in collections for many, many years.
 

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What do you think about this one?? Look familiar?



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Hey guys,
What's your favorite Marlin in your collection. Pic's would be nice. Also if there is any history behind them.
Mine is a Mod. 92 .32 cal. that is a real beauty after I cleaned her up last week after buying it.
Other is a Mod. 39A DOM 1939 99.5+ condition. I know I don't have any pics but am working on down loading my digital here real soon.
Both of these rifles were in collections for many, many years.
 

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Hey smoke810, how the heck are you? You must have really liked her. She's sitting next to me right now. I must say I have gotten quite a few compliments on her when I put it on display at the local gunshows. I know you have some real beauties too. Appreciate you putting that pic out there for me as I have yet to load this digital camera on to the PC.
Have you added anything to your collection lately?
 

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I bought another Stevens 414 Armory that is a nice one, not sure whether you have seen it or not. It's in almost "Mint" condition. I got a Winchester model 52B at the gun show two weeks ago with a Leupold 36X scope for a really great price. Sold the scope for what I paid for both almost. How are things in Caterpillar country?

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Hey smoke810, how the heck are you? You must have really liked her. She's sitting next to me right now. I must say I have gotten quite a few compliments on her when I put it on display at the local gunshows. I know you have some real beauties too. Appreciate you putting that pic out there for me as I have yet to load this digital camera on to the PC.
Have you added anything to your collection lately?
 

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Here's my favorite. I know some of you guys from the old MT site may remember the story behind it. It is an 1881 Marlin Schuetzen rifle. It was built by Ithaca legend Emil Flues, (Ithaca Flues model shotgun) It is a very early example of Flues' work, and was done shortly after he completed his apprenticeship, and joined with another gunsmith named Wrege, in Bay City, Michigan. Flues was about 18 years old when he built this rifle for another member of the Schuetzen club that they belonged to. Flues was secretary of the club, and much of his business was building single shot Schuetzen rifles for other club members. This rifle belonged to a Judge named Harriman, and how it found it's way out to Oregon is unknown. I spent over 18 months tracking down the history of this gun, and Emil Flues, after finding the 1881 in a barrel of "clunker" guns at a local shop that was going out of business. It had a price tag of a whopping $400 on it. Couldn't get my wallet out fast enough!

 

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I'll second that absolutely beautiful rifle mm93. Great story behind it too. You hear about stuff like that happening every once in awhile. Perseverence and some luck will do it though.
smoke810, everything is jake here in the land of the yellow god, caterpillar. Good chance they may be going on strike here in the next couple of weeks.
Glad I don't work there.
I know you had bought a 414 Armory but didn't know you had two. The pic. of the one about a month ago was an outstanding looking rifle. Like brand spanking new. Sounds like you have been busy doing some buying. The last I bought was from a guys collection about 2 weeks ago. Marlin Mod. 92 .32 cal. and a Model 1893 TD 30/30. Both nice pieces especially the mod. 92. I had neither one in the collection and can always upgrade.
 

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Thank you Leverpuller, and Askel. Emil Flues built a lot of very nice guns. A number of them were single shots, based on Ballards, a few were 1885 Winchesters, and Stevens, and a great number were hand built shotguns! Flues did all the work on his guns, from the building of receivers, to bluing, casehardening, woodwork, and elaborate engraving.
Early in his career he simply modifed other makers guns, as this 1881 is. The frame was casehardened, and the checkering is 28 lpi, with all the screw heads engraved, but no other engraving.
I've seen several examples of his engraving done in the 20's, through 40's, and it is up there with the finest masters! Flues lived to about 90, and died in 1949.
 

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mm93,
Any idea as to when he may have done the work on your 1881? Gosh, I just can't believe to find such a piece of art and to me it is art in a garbage can. Go figure.
 

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mm93,

How are you doing buddy? Thanks for sharing that picture again and especially the story behind your special rifle. 1881's will always be special to me, as it is my 1881 that really got me interested in Marlin. You must have just about had a heart attack to find that rifle in the junk pile!!!!!!!!!!!

I went back to Virginia for a week and due to the warm weather while I was gone another growing season is upon us.

Got our monthly sihouette match this Saturday. Couldn't find an 1895 Cowboy, see my post over in the big bore forum. So I will be taking my old faithful 1881 and shooting it again.

Thanks again,

Geoff
 

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Askel,
from as near as I can surmise, Flues started his business in the early 1890's, and was in Bay City for about 10 years, prior to closing his shop, and moving to Ithaca to start work for Ithaca guns. He built this gun some time in that time period. When he went to work for Ithaca, he continued to build custom guns in his home shop, but these were not stamped with the Bay City address, and they were strictly shotguns from then on. Emil Flues continued to build his custom shotguns right up until he died. His nephew said he was working on a little 410 SXS at the time he died.
Geoff,
I actually was told by a friend, that there was an "old Marlin with a Swiss buttplate for sale" at this shop. He thought he saw a tag that read $400-$450, but wasn't exactly sure. I naturally assumed it would be hanging on the wall rack, in a prominent location, deserving of such a firearm! I also thought he might have misread the tag, and possibly left off a digit.
I was at first quite disappointed to not find it, and figured it was either long gone, or a wild goose chase. When I was about to leave, I spotted the Swiss buttplate sticking up out of a barrel of long guns. I carefully pulled the old Marlin from the barrel, and I know it sounds silly, but my hands were shaking with the anticipation of what I had found! Don't mean to be sacriligious, but I said a little prayer, thanking God that it was for real!
This was about 5-6 years ago, and I still get goose bumps every time I take this old 1881 out of my safe. Young Emil Flues was quite a craftsman, even in his early 20's!
 
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another $400 wasted.........

see????? another $400 rifle?, i am flying out to west coast today! and i'm gonna bring two $400 bills, that way i can get two rifles!!!!
(how DO you sleep at night after make THAT deal?) :lol:

although.....i bought my 1888 for $50, so i guess i did o.k. too.....right place, right time...... :wink:
 

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Um in .22 cal class I'd have to say it's a toss up between my Model 989 M2 or my Glenfield Model 70 with Tech sights. No I do not speak Ruger( any fire arm that has such a need for that many after market parts to start with is NOT a great fire arm!)...And of course my old wall(?) hanger the 1893 in 32-40 black powder.
 
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