Dating firearms serial number
B-prefix series: Changes to unfluted comb & beavertail forearm, hard rubber buttplate w/ phillips screws, upper tang was shortened and the use of coil mainsprings vice leaf mainsprings. No Letter Prefix-1936 to 1940B-1941No WWII Production Late 1941 to late 1945Model 36: 1946 to 1947.30-30, 32 Special Model 36 is marked on the barrel, not on the tang as in the Model 1936 and earlier guns. Serial numbers located on the lower tang under the lever.These are squarebolts and are not to be confused with later roundbolt Glenfield 36 (336 roundbolt action). Post WWII production had blued receivers and Model 36 on barrel Barrel roll stamp reads:"The Marlin Firearms Co.Late 1945 production resumed on limited basis using C prefix and leftover parts (some guns will have Pre-WWII Model 1936 parts mixed with Post WWII Model 36 parts. New Haven Conn USA-est 1870"Model 36 (then caliber designation)Variations of Model #: 36-A-DL, 36-A, 36-RC C-1945 shiny blue on top of receiverc-1946 (note: c prefix is lower case)D-1947 sandblasted top of receiver starts Model 36 Production supposedly ceased in 1947. Is a there a possiblity of some E prefix Model 36s?? 1890- #22133 & #25820; 1892- #20528 & #246674,312 manufactured with a 24"" barrel (octagon), part round/part octagon there was 23 manufactured and finally with a 24'' round barrel there was 266. Most have 26" barrels although a 22" was offered and is rarely seen. 4815 made with 1298 in 32W* Note 4 Model 1888s were built after production ended. APRIL2.188932W, 38W, 44W (a few 25-20s near the end of production)1st side eject, one piece firing pin, blued receiver, forward part of the lever shaped different from the 1894 with safety catch on lower tang at rear of lever. During the last year of production, they were offered for sale for .95.
Serial numbers are located under the receiver just behind the forearm. Original serial numbering quit around 450,000 approx 1913. These were apparently made up from left over parts.
1, 189325-36, 30-30, 32-40 32HPS, 38-55Some early 1893's did not have the two piece firing pin. Note: some 1893s were made after WWI when production of the '93 started.
I have copied this post from the Marlin Owners web site that 44-40 Willy and I have contributed some of the information for figuring out the manufactured date of your Marlin. There are many blank serial number lines that we know guns were made, but not recorded. Starting in 1937, this model was listed in Marlin's Catalogs as the Model 36 and was only there referred to as the 36.
There is plenty more information on this subject and as I find it, I will try to ad it to this post. The gun itself was still stamped Model 1936 until sporting arms production was discontinued in 1941.
Marlin 101Marlin Lever Action Centerfire Serial # Prefixes & Production Dating Model 1881: 1881 to 189232-40W, 38-55B, 40-60M, 45-70Govt Barrel Rollstamp: J. Serial numbers located on the lower tang under the lever.
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The old Marlin Records only reflect what was written down in the ledgers. Model 1936: 1936 to 1941.30-30, 32 Special The 1936 had case colored receivers & Model 1936 on upper tang.1936 1st series production (no letter prefix serial numbers) had flat mainspring, fluted comb buttstock, perch belly forearm, hard rubber buttplate w/slotted screws.