Must be the clean living but I lucked out today at a local shop. As I had stated earlier in a post in the rant forum I was just starting my hunt for a graduation gift for myself and determined I needed a 444 Marlin. I decided to hit one of the local shops at lunchtime and discuss an order to see if they could even get one of the new guns which would hopefully be in decent condition. I was skeptical when he said they had one in back. After all I have read here I was not hopeful but threw caution to the wind and said lets have a look at it. He brought it out and told me he thought it had been a special order for someone who didn't want it when it came in or some such business. When I checked it out and saw the North Haven stamping on the barrel I decided right then and there it was coming home with me. There is a name and date on the box which confirms the story and the serial number of 9303XXXX tells me it was made in 2007. Baby was waiting for me quite a few years!