Need help on J.M. Marlin .22 Little Joker

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by txcoyote, Nov 3, 2007.

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  1. txcoyote

    txcoyote Member

    Oct 13, 2004
    I have a .22 short revolver that I got from a great uncle 30+ years ago. It is branded "Little Joker" by J.M. Marlin New Haven Conn U.S.A. According to what little information that I can find, it is one of about 1,100 manufactured between 1871-1873. It is a single action repeater with nickel plated brass frame and blued 2-1/4" barrel and rosewood grips. The serial number seems to make it one of the last ones manufactured. The finish and grips are in good shape. It has a center pin that is released by a push button to extract the cylinder or to empty and reload. About the only source of information that I can find is at http://books.google.com/books?id=iR...sig=ze0CCgl1Q44vhm-TnKTvBjX4t68#PRA2-PA119,M1

    I want to clean it and oil it up, but I can not get the cylinder pin to come out easily. I hate to use pliers on it. Everything works as it should, but I just can't seem to get the pin out with my fingers.

    Any suggestions on getting it apart and cleaning it without hurting anything?

    Any idea on value?

    Thanks for any help.
  2. woad_yurt

    woad_yurt Member

    Aug 23, 2007
    36° 31' 47.1742" X -87° 21' 34.0301"
    Saturate it with PB Blaster and let it sit for a day. That stuff loosens up rusted-solid 30 year old exhaust manifold bolts with no problem. It's 10X better than Liquid Wrench. Give it a try.
  3. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Sep 17, 2007
    Eastern KS
    Try the oil, then try tapping it lightly to break the bond.

    If you have to resort to pliers, use a piece of leather, or pound a lead bullet flat and use the sheet lead to protect the pin from the pliers.

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