Help identifying Marlin bolt-action


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Mathias
April 12, 2008, 07:08 PM
I have this Marlin bolt action rifle that has no serial numbers or model information on it. The only thing stamped on it is "The Marlin Firearms Corporation" and .22 S, L & LR which is stamped on the barrel. I've looked everywhere for identification including under the plastic buttplate and have found nothing. It has a 23" barrel and a 16" magazine tube that is 1/2" in diameter. The reason I need to identify it is to get the inner magazine tube assembly since it is missing. If anyone can help me I thank you in advance. Here are some photos I took of it:

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Mathias
October 8, 2008, 04:10 AM
Ok, I haven't been on here in awhile but I found out the identity of the Marlin I asked about. It is a Marlin Gallery Gun. I'm not sure of the year it was produced or what the value of these are. I received info from Marlin themselves and in Brophy's book it says they only made 500 of them. Noone has been able to tell me a value on it though, so if anyone would have an idea let me know.

JohnBT
October 8, 2008, 09:34 AM
Here's all I know from what I've read. It's a Model 100 that was modified with a barrel band and a tube under the barrel. The tube was part of the modified ejection system - the empties slid down the tube and ended up on the counter instead of under the customer's feet.

Value? I don't have a clue, but there must be a gallery gun collectors group somewhere. Maybe not.

John

SGW42
October 8, 2008, 03:47 PM
I think that's pretty neat.

How'd you come across it?

Mathias
October 8, 2008, 06:48 PM
A friend of mine had a relative die and while we were going through his things in the garage I found it in the rafters. My friend said he didn't want it and that I could have it. As far as I knew it was a Marlin single shot that was missing the magazine tube parts. It was a real surprise to me when I found out what it was. It's definitely a neat gun to have, just wish there was more info out there.

SGW42
October 8, 2008, 08:10 PM
You check with the Marlin Collectors Association (http://www.marlin-collectors.com/forum/index.php)?

Maybe they'd know or at least interested in it.

If there are no gallery gun aficionados...maybe you can be the first one! And yours can be the start to a neat collection.

rangerruck
October 8, 2008, 11:53 PM
all I know is this; almost any gallery gun made, that is in good condition, is worth 500 and up, look at a good quality browning short only , or a remmy 241 gs, or a remmy nylon 66gs, and you will see how much value they have. and yours looks to be in excellent condition. I have a total beater remmy 241gs, that has no bluing whatsoever, but it shoots like a wet dream, it is crusty, totally pitted all over the receiver, and I had to sand down the back of the stock a bit, as it was eaten up with water, so was the back steel butt plate.
I have still been offered over 150 for it, just because it's action with shorts is smooth as butta, and shoots into teeneh , toineh holes at 50 yds, with it's open sites.

rangerruck
October 8, 2008, 11:54 PM
oh yeah, check over on here as well;
http://www.rimfirecentral.com/forums/

Mathias
October 9, 2008, 01:11 AM
SGW42: I put a post up there some time ago and noone responded to it.

Rangerruck: I just put a post up there a few minutes ago so hope that someone knows something over there. I've seen a lot of gallery guns going for a decent amount but I've only ever seen pump ones. The Marlin book said that they weren't very popular among gallery owners because they preferred the semi-autos over the single shots so that more shots were fired which equalled more money. Thanks for the replies!

SGW42
October 9, 2008, 01:27 AM
Oh yeah, forgot to mention the Cody Firearms Museum (http://www.bbhc.org/firearms/index.cfm).

I believe they hold most of Marlin's historical records and will write letters for firearms they have information on. Not sure what they'd do in your case without a serial number.

Saw your post with the information you found on TFL, that might be as detailed as you can get in regards to something like this.

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