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I have finally got some spare time, and I finally finished the update to the Marlin Year code, Production dates, and Ser# on 1 sheet. PDF. This was Ver.8.

This one is Ver.12, I have changed it around a few times since the last one. This now has the Date codes and I hope all Marlin models and there production dates from 1870-2010.
I don't plan on adding any Remlin.

You will find guns dated the year before from the post-production, and there will be some made after the gun was cut from the line.
But I just went with what the catalogs showed. I did add some non-cataloged items and they will have NC after them.

There are 3 sheets now. One is mainly dating the guns and some production numbers for 1881,1888,1889,1891's and production years for the pistols and Ballards.
The next 2 sheets are the rest of the Marlin guns and their production years. Mostly, center-fire on page 1 and rim-fire and shotguns on page 2

I want to give thanks to Brophy, Flayderman, 44-40 Willy, Swany, Gunhugger, Six_Gunz, Dawei, Parly Bear, Don Anderson come to mind. I am sure there are more, will have to look back at my notes.

Anyway look them over, print them out, and if you see any that I missed, let me know. If I didn't miss something, I will be very surprised.
They should all fit on a letter sized sheet, but you might have to let the printer downsize it a bit to get all of it on the sheet.


A ( * ) is put next to new or fixed model on this updated sheet. Starting with the 12/24/13 update.
UPDATES
9/11/12 Added 1895GBL to page 1 Thanks to TJ336
9/13/12 Added Single Shot shotguns to Page 2, Model 60 and 200
9/25/12 Page 2-- Fixed 55-G, changed dates to 1961-65, and added 16,20ga
10/14/12 Page 1-- Changed Model 93 end date to 1936, Changed Model 455 from 1956-58 to 1955-59. Also highlighted few items in red, where it states, ( Not Prod.)
01/07/13 Page 1-- Changed Model 1891 .22 and .32 cal. end date to 1895. Was assembled after this date, but was no longer cataloged.
01/20/13 Page 1-- Date on 444P was 2000-02, now 1999-02
07/04/13 Page 2-- Model 70 Glenfield and Model 25 Glenfield dates changed and included Non cataloged years.
12/24/13 Page 1--Fixed typo- Model 1894CBS 38 Special is now 1894CBC 38 Special, also 1894CB 38 Special made 2002 only and is not cataloged was added. Thanks to gc70
02/03/14 Page 1--Added non-cataloged 30AW from 1984-97. Also changed 336W from 2000-10 to 1999-10. Thanks, N578ND for bringing this to my attention.
04/15/14 Page 1--Added non-cataloged 1894CL made 2008. Thanks to Sniper. Also added non-cataloged C30AS made 1992. Thanks to semperdog for putting one up for sale.
 

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Updated page 1 Added 1895GBL. I know I was going to miss some.:hmmmm:
 

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Another update forgot about the single shot 12 ga shotguns. Added to page 2, revision 9-13-12

Anyone else spot anything I missed? Let me know so I can fix it before it goes to the Reference Library. Thanks
 

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New update to Date and production sheets

Small update to PAGE 2. Fixed 55-G bolt shotgun info. Had made from 1962-65, now 1961-65. Also added that there was a 16 and 20ga in the same line. UPDATE DATED, 09/25/12
 

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Thank you. That is a lot of good information and looks like a lot of hard work. Either mine is not listed or I don't know where to look for the A or the S. I have a Marlin slide action 20 gauge. All I've been able to find is Mod. 44. no A or S. The serial number is in the 5000 range. Can you tell me what the A or S stands for or where to look on the gun. I have searched all over the internet and can find just model 44. I would like to know the age. Thank you.
Hard to say exactly when it was made, other than in the dates I have listed, because Marlin probably used the same set of numbers to ser# other shotguns at the time. But as to the A and S on the model 44.
You wont find the A or S on the gun, only Model 44.
The A was for the standard grade gun and the S was for a Special grade gun. Here is a couple pages from the 1923 catalog. Pg 19 gives a description of the S and pg. 20 of the A.
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Update to page 1:pcguru:

10/14/12 Page 1-- Changed Model 93 end date to 1936, Changed Model 455 from 1956-58 to 1955-59. Also highlighted few items in red, were it states, ( Not Prod.)


Noticed that model 93 was still listed on a Nov. 1936 price sheet. Spotted I was wrong on the Model 455. And figured I should highlight "Not Prod." since I was updating anyway.
 

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Excellent work Schtoolee. I scoured where I could, but couldn't find anything on the Davidson's Limited Series. I'm particularly looking for information on the Limited I-V .45-70 and 1894 Cowboy Limited issues. Do you have anything for them or did I overlook them anywhere?

Thanks!
I pretty much chose to go with cataloged guns only, with a few exceptions. But this might be what you want for your 1895 and 1894's.

http://www.marlinowners.com/forum/marlin-years-manufacture/49483-davidsons-ltds-marlin.html
 

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I have a 1895 Rifle with serial number 8005XXX and cannot date it from the info provided or just don't know how to read the data. Van anyone help me out?
What you have is a 1895 with a ser# starting with a BO. Made in 1972. It is a little more sot after, 1st year of the new Model 1895.
 

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Great stuff buddy. I was gonna sticky it in the Reference Library but see it already is.

One small correction, there was no 90 series for 2010. Remington continued to use the 91 series in 2010 until North Haven shut down and operations moved to Ilion and they implemented the MR series. Don't think there was an 89 either.

Double check with Tomray, KON, etc. but I'm pretty sure that is how it shook out.

Thanks again for putting this into such one-stop-shop document.
Eli Chaps and Tomray
The old one single sheet one, had the 90 and 89 ser# prefix. Back when I thought Marlin was going to be with us forever. And a had few production dates.

The new set of sheets at the beginning of this thread is now 3 pages long.
1 page for dating Marlin guns, including some of the MR stuff, plus some xtras. And the next 2 pages show production dates of every cataloged gun that Marlin made.
The one that is sticky-ed is the old one.
 

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Thanks for taking the time to do this. I do have a question. It shows Model 1891s continuing in small production numbers even after the turn of the Century. I thought the 91 was discontinued in 97? Does not show they made many but did they in fact make a few 91s at those later dates? Thanks
I just updated the 1891. It should have said ended production in 1895. Any produced after that, was assembled from parts on hand.
Brophy originally had end of 1897 but the 1891 was not in ether the 1896 or 1897 catalog.
 

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1894
 

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Are you sure it is a 39A? That serial number is the same as my Mod 39. (30xx) Mind sharing what you paid?
The 1939 and possibly the 1940 39A's had no prefixes in front of there ser#. As did the first few years of the Model 39. It would be something if these 2 had the same number.
 

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Page 1 updated.

01/20/13 Page 1-- Date on 444P was 2000-02, now 1999-02
 

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I now own the Marlin Model 1893 30-30 that my fathers bought from a friend in 1949 - I remember hunting with him when I was under ten years old. The serial number (158,xxx) indictates the gun was manufactured in 1897 - I took it to the range and fired it last week. Sometime in the future I will pass this rifle on to my son.
I which my dad had kept his old Marlins and Win's and a like new Henry. But I did get a 1954 39A Mountie from him. Now I just need some kids to pass it on too.
Great to hear you have a treasure to pass on. And Welcome to Marlin Owners.
 

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View attachment 50080 The code on my Marlin 22cal lever action is A3328. If I read the code sheet correctly it was manufactured in January 1882. Am I reading it correctly?
There are very little record information from 1907-1939 as to what ser# were used. The 1897's was made between 1896-1904 give or take a year. In 1904-05 they were changed to Model 97. And were made up
till 1917. The info that we have shows the ser# range on the 97 was from 293615-450036, in this serial number range will also be 1892,92,1893,93,1894,94,1897,97. I is believed around 1914-15 the ser# had
a prefix added to them. The 93's and 94's had B,C,D. But the 97's and 92's were the only ones to have the A prefix. The ser# range on the 97's with an A prefix was A411-A7938, 92's A1823-A8475. These are numbers from the Brophy book(1989) and could be off some.And these numbers were more based on ser# that he had seen and not by Marlin records.
But say we start A1 in 1914 and go to A8475 in 1917. That would be a combined 92's,97's of 2118 per year. It would put your ser# in the 1915-16.

That is as close as I can get, with info on hand.
I have not added this to my sheet, because none of this has been set in stone.
 

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I am needing some help. I have a Marlin 1894 44 mag the number on the trigger plate is 10120011. Can you tell me Date of Manufactor Please ???
1990. You go by the first two numbers or letters of the ser#.
 

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E prefix puts at 1948.
 

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This is outstanding work and information. thank you ....:congrats:When there is a range of years given for manufacture, like the 25mn 1989-2004, is there a way to narrow it down to the specific year? Ser # 99345915
You go off the first 2 numbers or letters in the ser#. Look at the first sheet of three. The 99 prefix is the year 2001.
 

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Hello Schtoolee, I'm making my first Lever Action purchase today. I've been looking for a 1894CB 45 Colt. Found a 1894 Cowboy Limited 45 24"oct barrel, serial# 04xxxx. I've been trying to learn all I can so that I didn't get a post Marlin from the new factory. The Info. you took the time to gather and share helped me pull the trigger on the deal. It looks like I'm getting the first year production model, if I read your sheet correctly. Thanks so much from a new shooter/collector.
Glad to be of help. I have a 99 prefix, so 2001 version with the 24" barrel. Welcome to Marlin Owners.
 

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The first two Marlin pump shot gun had only those pat# on the barrel. The Model 1898 and the Model 16. The Model 16 was a 16 ga. The 1898 was made from 1898 to 1905. If it has a serrated button on the rear bottom of the receiver, it was made from 1899 to 1905. No production record exist for the Marlin Shotguns so hard to give exact date. It dos sound like the barrel was changed out at some time, otherwise there numbers would match.

Hope that helps.
 
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