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This is the rifle that inspired me to join this forum. I have a few other Marlins, but this is definitely my oldest. I have read on some forums that a B serial number prefix indicates 1941 production, but other information suggests that it would be 1936-37. I would like to learn as much as possible about this gun, so any input you have will be appreciated. The serial number is B4***. The pictures tell the rest. Thank you!

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Thanks for the rifle porn!

It's a beauty!


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Great looking rifle , the case colors look like a Turnbull restoration.
No reason to believe this has been restored. An elderly woman sold it to a LGS. It belonged to her husband who apparently kept it stored away. It has a few nicks on the stock and I estimate the finish at 99%.
 

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Wow! That is nice. He must of stored it in a vacuum bag in the dark.
 

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That's in very good shape. Well done. It's the carbine version of the second variation of the Model of 1936. Less and less are seen. The first variation had a 'perchbelly' forestock which was flush with the receiver and not so bulky as that in your carbine. It would be worth putting these pictures into the archives of this forum as it is a nice example and well preserved. In the second variation, which always had a letter prefix like yours (B), the comb flute was removed, the forestock thickened up and the hammer spring went to a coil rather than a leaf. The upper tang is a trifle shorter, therefore, than in the first variation. The second variation, like the first one, was produced in carbine, sporting carbine and rifle iterations. Your year of manufacture is good.
 

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Your year of manufacture is good.
Your information aligns well with what I have learned so far. By the year of manufacture being good, do you mean 1937 or 1941? As I understand it, the model designation was changed from 1936 to 36 sometime in 1937, based on Brophy's book. His description makes it sound like both versions of the 1936 were being produced at about the same time. Others have told me that 1941 is probably too late because they were well into using the new model 36 designation by then. Thoughts?

And I can provide higher resolution photos for the archive if desired.
 

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The B prefix is 1941. Very few rifles were made that year because of the US's entry into war production.
I have a B prefix 39a. Yours is definately in better shape.

Remember that 1936 was in the peak of the Great Depression - so there was hardly any output that year.
I believe that designation was b - lower case...

Marlin NEVER threw anything away. They always used up ALL their old marked parts... They would absolutely use 1936 marked parts on model 36 rifles all day long like they used left over Model 36 parts on early 336's.... They even made a small handful of 36's into the late 1940's - probably using up the last of the old parts on small orders...

The key will be to carefully inspect all the features to see if it's a model 1936 or a model 36 or some "transitional" mishmash of both from the factory....
 

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The key will be to carefully inspect all the features to see if it's a model 1936 or a model 36 or some "transitional" mishmash of both from the factory....
I'm hoping that the collective wisdom on this forum can help me determine that. Because at this point I don't know what to look for.
 

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Thanks for all the comments. I really want to shoot it. Any reason I shouldn't?
 

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Shoot away.......it won't change the value unless it was totally unfired upon purchase........enjoy that beauty!
 
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Monday might be a great day to take her to the range. I'll post a range report when I can.
 
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