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How-To Determine Year of Manufacture- Marlin

Postby Pete44ru » Tue Dec 20, 2005 7:47 pm

I hope this helps all Marlin owners:

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Marlin Year of Manufacture

Marlin year of manufacture maybe determined from the following list of letter/numeral prefixs to the serial number; this coding only applies to serialized rifles:

1946-C
1947-D
1948-E
1949-F
1950-G
1951-H
1952-J
1953-K
1954-L
1955-M
1956-N
1957-P
1958-R
1959-S
1960 (August)-1961-U
1961 (August)-1962-V
1963-W
1964-Y,-Z
1965-AA
1966-AB
1967-AC
1968-AD, -68
1969-69
1970-70
1971-71
1972-72

Starting in 1973, the year of manufacture maybe determined by subtracting the first two digits of the serial number from 100:
Example: SN 2512345 would have been made in 1975 [100 - 25 = 75] and SN 94365295 would have been made in 2006 [ 100 - 94 = 06 (2006) ].

For Marlin Rimfire Rifles [non-serialized]:

From 1962 thru 1968 Marlins rimfire rifles (other than the 39 series lever actions) used a two letter date code that was stamped on the barrel. This date code is different than the one already listed, as Marlin rimfire rifles (other than the model 39 series) did not have a serial numbers until required to by Law after 1968. The first letter of the date code represented the month of manufacture while the second letter indicated the year. This date code was usually stamped on the left side of the barrel just in front of the receiver. The first letter of the date code is as follows:

A = Jan.
B = Feb.
C = Mar.
D = Apr.
E = May
F = June
G = July
H = Aug.
I = Sep.
J = Oct.
K = Nov.
L = Dec.

The second letter of the date code is as follows:

F = 1962
G = 1963
H = 1964
I = 1965
J = 1966
K = 1967
L = 1968

So a date code of "JK" would indicate that rifle was made in October of 1967.
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Question on serial number "B0061xx

Postby blu_boi » Wed Nov 29, 2006 8:26 pm

I have a Marlin 1895 45-70 with Serial #B0061xx. Straight stock, 21 ½ inch barrel, 40 ½ inch over-all. I’m having trouble finding date of manufacture. The “B” doesn’t seem to exist except on my Marlin.
Could you please help?
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Postby Regnier (gunrunner) » Wed Nov 29, 2006 10:24 pm

Blu_boi;

The first Model 1895's made between 1973 and 1976 had the "B" letter prefix. Since your gun has the number listed, it is a 1973 gun.
I hope this helps.
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Postby blu_boi » Thu Nov 30, 2006 3:24 pm

That does help, thank you for the quick answer.
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Postby dds6263 » Tue Dec 05, 2006 3:14 pm

What would be the date of manufacture for a "Marlin Model 336SC CAL.219 Zipper Micro Groove"

On the side of the barrel just in front of the receiver is a "JM" enclosed within an ellipse.

No other identification can be found other than the Marlin insignia

Doesn't seem to fit into the date codes above.

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336 SC .219 Zipper

Postby Don Anderson » Tue Dec 05, 2006 6:32 pm

Look at the serial number. There will be a letter before the serial number that will probably be between "M" and "S"" in the alphabet. If you give us that letter we'll be able to tell you the year it was made.

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Postby dds6263 » Tue Dec 05, 2006 9:06 pm

Thanks Don. Perhaps there is some obscure marking that is near impossible to find – like markings on Waterford crystal, but I see nothing else. I have heard that all of the 219 rifles were manufactured in the fifties. I bought mine in 1965, used it a few years for Ground Hog hunting, and stored it away. It was fairly accurate, a great mechanism, and still a beautiful gun. Just now taking an interest in it’s history.
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Postby marlinman93 » Tue Dec 05, 2006 9:46 pm

Open the lever and look at the lower tang. The serial number should be there.
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Postby frankm » Wed Dec 06, 2006 2:29 pm

Hi, new member, just joined today. I have a Model 60SS that I determined that the Manufacure year is 1996. I bought this rifle in 1997 and this fits. I would like to know if there is a way to determine the month of manufacture.

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similar situation

Postby jrandom » Tue Dec 26, 2006 10:00 am

I have a rifle like dds that does not have the markings that it should have,
it's a marlin glenfield mod. 30A. that along with the {JM} are marked on the left side of the barrel. it's a 30-30 win cal.

My serial number is behind the hammer right where the stock joins the gun.

serial # 191797**

there are no other markings on the rifle
Also reading these posts, there are no markings on, near, around, or underneath the lever

I would assume the date code would be the {JM} but it doesn't fit with what others have posted.
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Postby Sure-Shot » Tue Dec 26, 2006 10:09 am

subtract 19 from 100 = 81 so 1981. JM is the Marlin trademark. The Glenfield model is the same as any regular Marlin 336 but was made for a chain store, used hard wood instead of Walnut and may have had different sights. The workings are exactly the same as any other Marlin.

Frankm there is a two letter code for month and year on 22's from 60-68 I do not know if it was on any other years, scroll down at the link below and you will find the list.

There is a much more complete information on dating a Marlin here at Marlinowners.com in the reference section.

http://www.marlinowners.com/board/viewtopic.php?t=495
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Marlin 1895 Date of Manufacture

Postby G Wi » Mon Jan 08, 2007 2:02 pm

My Serial # is B0083XXX anyone know date of manufacture? also there is a JM in a circle stamped on the barrell anybody know what that means?
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Postby Regnier (gunrunner) » Mon Jan 08, 2007 6:15 pm

G Wi;

You apparently have a new Marlin Model 1895 that was manufactured in 1973. The early Model 1895's had the "B" serial number prefix up to 1977, when they went to the other system of serializing where you subtract the first two digits from 100.
The JM you mention is the proof mark applied to all Marlin rifles. It stands for John Marlin, the founder of the company.
I hope this helps.
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Postby G Wi » Tue Jan 09, 2007 6:05 am

Thanks Regnier,

I am fairly new to this lever action thing but I am surely enjoying this 1895. Got a sweet feel. I have a friend that has a golden 39 A in the box never fired. I have been thinking about buying from him but not sure what they're worth. it is a .22 caliber and has the model golden 39A stamped in gold on the barrel. any Ideas about value. It is the same guy I got the 1895 from. I think his brother used to own a gun store many years ago and recently died leaving him these guns. He is also ill and is wanting to sell some of them. He is totally legit, no crook guns.
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Marlin Glenfield Model 60

Postby gofast » Wed Jan 17, 2007 12:26 am

I received a Marlin Glenfield Model 60 with serial #70178817. I know it was made in 1970 and I have read that the Glenfield name indicates it was made for a chain or mass-merchandise store. Is there any way to determine exactly what store based on the serial number? I guess I am confused about the difference between a regular Marlin and a Marlin Glenfield that were both made in the same year. Any info on this gun would be greatly appreciated.
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