Marlin shotgun questions
Well the local gunshow came through yet again, and I just "had" to go.
Origionally I was going for my wife as her m1 needed (wanted) some parts for it.
Well since I was already there I thought I should look around and see if I could find any really good deals.
Long story short I ran across a deal I could not refuse and ended up with another firearm. Thinking it would be a nice project gun to fix up and play around with.
Problem is my weak Google Fu has left my beaten and dejected body clogging all the pipes leading to the internets and I have failed to find anything on this weapon. So I must turn to those far more experianced than I to ask for assistance.
It is a Marlin 55c bolt action 16 gauge shotgun. There is no serial number and no evidence that one ever existed. The barrel is very long (maybe 32 inches) and it accepts a detachable magazine (which is missing).
Anyone have any info on this gun. Considering the price I paid I really doubt it has some actual value but I would like to know if I can get it fully restored to its former glory.
Also I will attempt to borrow a camera so as to post a picture tommorrow since I know people like that sorta thing.
Thank you for your time...
Edited to add: I just remembed that it also seems to have been factory tapped for a scope on the left side of the reciever as there are 2 small screws there.
In my early days, I won a Mossberg bolt action .410 through one of those magazine ads selling Christmas Cards (if you're over 50, you probably remember). I've still got the original instruction manual that has "Marlin Arms" as the address. Could be they were the same manufacturer, sold through different distributors?
Hmm that is a very interesting bit of information. I am 24 so getting a weapon through the mail is a wonderland concept to me.
Thanks for the information though, may help in my search.
Yup...I had a Marlin .410 bolt action shotgun as a kid....4 rounds,detachable clip...took a little getting used to for quail...but it sure was fun!
They also made a 16 and I believe a 12 and 20 gauge in that puppy...
I had, still have the 20 gage version............
You got yourself a Marlin Goose gun.
So can I gather that they are good weapons, but also a bit of the oddball type due to the action?
Probably going to make finding parts harder I guess. How "new" can a firearm be without needing a serial number? I am starting to think that I may be stuck with a single shot bolt action for a bit.
Try here for missing parts on that gun: Welcome to Numrich Gun Parts Corp.
If my mind is working correctly today, I believe that serial numbers were not required on firearms until the Gun Control Act of 1968. Some makers used them, some didn't. Someone else will probably confirm my thoughts or not.
Originally Posted by Shadowsbane
Yepper.... Marlin Goose guns are kinda hard to come by. A friend of mind had one with a 34" barrel (I think...) in 12 ga. He would take it dove hunting and would really impress us when he would knock a dove outta the sky that you could barely see...
I have one of these myself. The first Shotgun i ever bought. Still want to take it out for turkey season. Whenever I look at it I think why even pull the trigger, with the barrel so far out there I might as well just hit the bird.
Originally Posted by artz
I will see what I can dig up on the manual and such, however mine is a 12ga not a 16.