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Help Identifying Old Marlin 22 Semi Auto

Discussion in 'Firearms Research' started by orangeparkplink, Dec 1, 2009.

  1. orangeparkplink

    orangeparkplink New Member

    I have a very old Marlin 22 rimfire and need some help identifyting it. It is clip fed. The only marking I can see on the barrel are The Marlin Firearms Company New Haven Conn USA 22 long rifle only smokeless greased. The Marlin customer service line was not much help. Thanks.
  2. gyvel

    gyvel New Member

    Nor was your description. Pics would be the most helpful.
  3. Pistol Toter

    Pistol Toter New Member

    Respectfully your description is meaningless. Pictures as is said are worth a thousand words. By "clip" are you refering to a box type removeable magazine? Action types: bolt, lever, pump, semiauto... You might try lookin here: http://www.gunshopfinder.com/marlinrifles.html
    I googled and got that in about 15 sec.
  4. Dr.Rob

    Dr.Rob Moderator Staff Member

    "22 long rifle only smokeless greased" sounds very turn-of-the-century wording. But yes we need pics.
  5. orangeparkplink

    orangeparkplink New Member


    Here are the Pics

    Attached Files:

  6. ChefKristian

    ChefKristian New Member

  7. orangeparkplink

    orangeparkplink New Member

    ChefKristian the bolt looks exactly the same. I need some trigger parts, so I think this is the model I can use. Thanks.
  8. Jim K

    Jim K Active Member

    It is a Marlin Model 50E. Try www.gunpartscorp.com for parts; the catalog I have shows some action parts as available.

  9. orangeparkplink

    orangeparkplink New Member

    The bolt for the 50E looks the same from the outside, but when looking at the schematics they are different. Mine has a 2 part bolt with 2 recoil springs. The receiver bumper plug screw holds in the hardware that guides the springs into each piece of the bolt. I will add pics tonight.
  10. orangeparkplink

    orangeparkplink New Member

    Bolt Pics

    Bolt Pics

    Attached Files:

  11. Grandpa_Sam

    Grandpa_Sam New Member

    Marlin rifle

    It looks like you have a Marlin A1 or at least one of the A series. You can find parts and some schematic at http://www.e-gunparts.com
  12. orangeparkplink

    orangeparkplink New Member

    Man you are good! I think I am missing the sear components. Thanks I will call them in the morning
  13. Haggis

    Haggis New Member

    thats for the info, i recently acquired the exact same rifle at a gun show for $50, not knowing what it was other than a cheap plinker. It looked like it was in rough shape, with a little bit of rust, missing the trigger guard,some holes drilled into the rec and it looked like it aint been cleaned in 50 years.
    I couldn't find it in any marlin catalog and while i was at the gun show i found a spare mag for it that was made for a Savage, which is what the Ranger 103-4 resembles.

    This is a good rifle, I stripped it down and thoroughly cleaned it up which took a wire brush and some time.

    I went and shot it, ended up shooting 50 rounds without a single jam.

    So now that I know this rifle is 80 years old, how much is my $50 junk gun worth?
  14. Haggis

    Haggis New Member

    the Marlin A1 looks like its identical internally.
  15. Haggis

    Haggis New Member

    I found this
    " The Model A1 was an improved version of the Model 50, manufactured from 1936-40. The Model A1 fired from a closed bolt, and used a 24-inch barrel. The safety catch was moved to rear of the tubular receiver. The original Model A1s used a stamped steel trigger and trigger guard, and used only a spring-leaf and elevator-type rear sight and a hooded bead front sight.

    The Model A1 was modified in 1941, though production stopped near the end of 1941 (as Marlin was primarily making weapons for the US military during World War 2), and did not pick up again until late 1945 and continuing until late 1946. Modifications included moving the safety again – it was now a radial safety on the right rear side of the receiver. The trigger guard of this modified version was made of plastic, and the stock was re-shaped, with a deeper pistol grip wrist and a rounded fore-end. Other variants included the Model A1E (built from 1936-41 and 1945-46), with a simple adjustable aperture rear sight; the Model A1E (built in 1941 and from 1945-46), with a different stock that had a fluted comb and a beavertail fore-end, as well as the aperture rear sight; and the A1DL, which had both an aperture rear sight and a target-type peep sight, as well as sling swivels fitted as standard. All of these variants of the Model A1 are identical to the standard Model A1 for game purposes."


    So this rifle was an A1 made for Sears & Robuck under the Ranger name.
    I think yours is pre-war as the foreend is tapered and flat.
  16. Setin2high

    Setin2high New Member

    I have this same rifle from my grandpa, took it to a local gun shop to have it identified. Mine has the rear sight holder just no peep sight as i have seen it called. Glad to finally find out what it is, now I have to clean it, years and years of varnished oil
  17. Tigweld

    Tigweld New Member

    If anybody was wondering how to disassemble/assemble the Marlin A1 for cleaning I have a posting at the Marlin-Collectors Forum. It is in the Rimfire section of the forum. I currently own three early versions of the A1. (http://www.pbase.com/tigweld/image/113216545)
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2011
  18. Tigweld

    Tigweld New Member

    Marlin A1 disassembly/reassembly

    In case the owners of the Marlin A1 out there wondered how to disassemble for cleaning and then reassemble here are some instuctions with photos. I already had them posted at:
    Hope this helps out anyone with questions.
    I have three early versions of the A1 in my collection.

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