I purchased my first 2 Marlin leveractions in Sept. of 2009, one was a 336SS (#9120xxxx) and a 1894CSS (#9120xxxx). Actually I have nothing to complain about on either of these guns. Both have been completely disassembled and inspected; both are great shooters. I understand that from the serial numbers both of these guns were made in 2009. What I was wondering was where did the production of these rifles fall in the time line of the news that Marlin was closing their Conn. plant and the reported decline in the quality of the remaining production out of Conn. ( I was told by some gun dealers that the last rifles coming out of Marlin's Conn. plant were of terrible quality probably due to a very pissed off work force that was about to be laid off). Since I was infected with Marlinitis I have purchased several older Marlins. I have seen a couple of the new Marlins coming out of Remington and I can say every thing bad I've heard about them is true. I guess what I'm asking is what is the serial number cut off of Marlins with a JM proof mark on the barrel beyond which you should not consider buying?