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I have decided to try and catalog as much information as possible on the Marlin Model 47 pump rifle offered in 1930-31. This was a non-catalogued rifle, offered by choice only with a purchase of 4 shares of stock. VERY little information is known about these rifles. If you are an owner, or know of owners that would like to participate with information and / or pictures, please contact me by PM or email. I am especially interested in serial codes, mag tube closure, front and rear sights, buttplate, etc. THANKS in advance for spreading the word and participating! Information provided will be considered confidential, and published only with owners consent.
 

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Re: Marlin Model 47 - ATTENTION ALL OWNERS! database project

Dear Marlin collectors:
I have selected 5 categories of information to track, and would be highly grateful if all Model 47 owners can supply this information to me via email or PM. No personal information will be shared or distributed! I am undertaking this project to build a statistical database of features for the rare Marlin Model 47, offered only in 1930-31 as a "gift" choice for purchasers of 4 shares of Marlin stock.
THANKS in advance for your cooperation and participation!!!

SERIAL# _ _ _ _
all known are 4 digits (you may provide "x" in last digit for privacy if you wish)

TANG MARKING MOD.47 or Marlin No_47
2 different tang markings are known (block letters or script), may be possible to distinguish offering year with this

REAR SIGHT Fixed height or Adjustable (Rocky Mountain)
Rocky mountain adjustable site was noted as "standard" by Brophy

FRONT SIGHT Brass bead or Ivory bead or Other
no information exists; use "other" when bead or entire site is missing

BARREL/MAG TUBE distance (in. or cm.) from end of mag tube to end of barrel
standard barrel is 23" round; distance distinguishes whether barrel has been cut down or different mag tubes were used
 

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1Q2011 database update: 100% reported/known have 4 digit serial code and script model marking on tang; fixed rear sight is the norm, along with 23" barrel. Thanks for contributing, and please keep the information coming in on your rare Model 47 rifles!!!
 

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I have seen some past auctions with Model 47's, would you like me to get you that info that they have for you project?
If you need it it will take a few days, putting in extra hours at work. And have to remember were all of them were. ???
I know that Rock Island and Julia's had some.
 

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That would be fantastic, and MUCH appreciated! I have captured some information from the internet selling sites, but not the big auction houses. Some sellers I contacted have also been reluctant to reply, or respond with any information. :( ???
I welcome the information, any time! No rush, I know this will be a long term project... ;D best regards, gewehr
 

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E-mail sent. There hopefully should be 4 more that you can add to your database
 

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email received - many thanks! 2 of these represent the lowest serial numbers recorded (Brophy did not catalog ANY 3 digit numbers). Also, good to see the Rocky Mountain rear site on others besides my rifle ;) Although Brophy mentioned this as standard, the numbers do not bear it out... yet!? Thanks again for your contribution!!!
 

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3Q2011 database update:

2 rifles have been picture verified with 3 digit serial codes, and the highest serial number rifle reported by Brophy has been found/confirmed! The current known range of serial numbers is thus 230 - 5101, likely indicating total production was in the range of 5000 rifles.
Approximately 20% of the rifles reported have the Rocky Mountain adjustable rear sight, with no obvious link to production timing.
Only 1 rifle has been identified with the non-script, MOD.47 tang marking.

Many thanks to all who have already contributed information; please keep it coming in!!!
 

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4Q2011 database update: no additions or new information to report

PLEASE, if you know, see, or hear of someone with a Marlin Model 47 rifle, encourage them to send me the 5 data items requested. Many thanks and Happy New Year 2012!!!
 

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gewehr: Like a lot of things with Marlin new information comes to light from time to time and we
learn more as time goes on. The Marlin 47 was cataloged.If you would like more information please
let me know.
 

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gewehr: Like a lot of things with Marlin new information comes to light from time to time and we
learn more as time goes on. The Marlin 47 was cataloged.If you would like more information please
let me know.
Judge what year catalog? I looked in the 30's and 31's that I have and it is not in ether. I am working on a book on the catalogs,
and would be interested in knowing of a different variation.
 

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gewehr: Like a lot of things with Marlin new information comes to light from time to time and we
learn more as time goes on. The Marlin 47 was cataloged.If you would like more information please
let me know.
Yes, I would like the catalog reference(s) as well!? Maybe we have a different meaning associated to catalog? All I have are the original advertisement copies for the stock offering, showing the available firearms to choose from... there is very little information on this rifle, and I have been looking for ~10 years now; only started my "official" database earlier this year however... thanks for more input!!!
 

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The Model 47 is listed in the 1929 sears,roebuck and co. catalog. it is listed as
New Marlin Model 47
22- caliber Takedown
Repeating Rifle
$15.98 The interesting thing about the add is that it is listed as having a 22 inch barrel.
Everything i have ever read I thought listed it as having a 24 inch barrel . I will try to get this
add posted on this site.I have never found it cataloged in the old Marlin catalogs either.
 

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EXCELLENT and very interesting information! looking forward to seeing the advertisement. The standard barrel was round, with length of 23".
 

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It could be a misprint in the 1929 Sears catalog. Interesting information though.
 

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I thought the same thing Parley when I saw the 22 inch barrel listed, other than the 22 inch
barrel it is described in the norm.for the Model 47. The sears add also lists the Model 37,39
and the Model 50. It lists the Savage Model 99,Winchesters Model 53,94,92,55,54,04,06,90
but there is no mention of the Marlin Model 93 or the 94. I thought that was also interesting
as I was originally studying the add searching for clues as to the Marlin 93 and 94.
Happy New Year Marlin 1893
 

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Is there an actual date printed on the Sears ad? The Model 50 didn't come out till 1931.
 

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Schtoolee: Yes the catalog was 1929,the Model 50 is at the top of the page but it is a Page Lewis
Bolt Action 22. There is no date on the page and I will have to try and find the original catalog as
it was in very poor condition so any one with an old sears 1929 catalog It wouldn't hurt to check and
make double sure I wrote the date down wrong.
 
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