I am new to this site & actually new to all this gun stuff. I have never been a hunter. I have always loved the outdoors & I love to Bass Fish & I can stay warm even when it's way cold outside, but I tried Hunting Deer in the cold & liked to froze to death. Out on the water I could get in the sun & in the mountains I could not. I think that was the reason. Well anyway I love to eat venison & I have a cousin that keeps me supplied. I am trying to learn as much about guns as I can just mainly for protecting what belongs to me & to protect my lovely wife of 42 years. I have a question about this Marlin model 336 30-30 that I bought at an online auction, the gun is in pretty good shape I look with a light & see the groove of the barrel & it looks real good to me & clean. My question is I have seen many post about serial numbers & where the rifle's were made & I am confused All the post say that they are made in New Haven Conn. My Marlin says it was made in North Haven Conn. & the serial # starts with a 27 does this mean it is was made in 1973 . I also saw a post that said that a gold trigger was made in 1974. Can anyone clear this up for me.