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Hiya Guy's :) ...

It looks like I finally got me an M1 carbine to add to my collection :) . This is the 2nd rifle I got yesterday in a two for one $/trade deal for my Hatsan escort MP2 12 gauge I had.

Ok , well, technically it may not be a Cal. 30 US M1 Carbine, but it is a collectible & hard to find Marlin 99-M1 Carbine in 22LR :) . It looks like these were made from 1964 - 1978 with this being a 74' model from Marlin Firearms of North Haven, Conn. USA.

It looks like the idea behind these was to have a cool little pop can killer modeled after the .30 cal. M1 Carbine for the vets that wanted something similar to the rifles they used in the service, and it looks like they were quite popular with 160k + sold. Z's sold for less than $75 new on average back in the day but these days a complete unmolested M1 model in Nice condition such as this one with the original dovetail adjustable elevation rear sight which this has and maybe the original Marlin model 300B 4x20 nitrogen filled scope which this also has and the gold trigger which this also has can go for upwards of $300 - $350 . And if you happen to have one of these but you're looking for just the original dovetail rear sight maybe because it's missing or maybe it's broken, missing parts or needs replaced, expect to pay upwards of $150 if you can even find one, ouch...

This has an 18in Barrel, a short 9round or so tube feed magazine that doesn't have the loading Port so you have to take the follower out of it to load it, the original swivel sling studs and it's the same overall length as my 10/22. This one is in really nice condition and from the looks of it I'd say it's at in the back of someone's safe probably since they bought it new if they ever used it. I'm not sure what the stock is made of as of yet but it looks like it has some really nice wood grain patterns in it but I'm not fond of the finish that Marlin put on it and it reminds me of that gawdawful ruger finish they used that's dark, mottled & tends to cover up and hide a lot of really nice wood grain detail & even though this is all original I could be really tempted to strip the furniture down and refinish it with something a lot lighter that'll help highlight and bring the wood grains out and give it some character :) ...









 

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Some of the pre 68 model M1's weren't serialized and the early models didn't have the bolt hold open feature either. In 68' and the first month or two of 69' they had a bolt hold open feature with a little metal pin on the charging handle that you pushed in to lock the Bridge open, but Marlin done away with that and changed it to pushing in on the charging handle while you held it open to lock it in place with a little arrow on the charging handle pointing toward the receiver which is what this has :) .

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Oldest boy has one that was given to him recently. It's a little rough but functional.
 

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I bought the Marlin semi auto in 1968, but mine had the 7 shot detachable magazine and really looked like a M1. Don't remember the model number but I think it also had a 99 prefix. Bought it when I was 16. All the gun shop owner asked was "Is it OK with your parents?" I said yes and bought it on site. Must of been before the 68 gun control act. Paid like 60 bucks or less.
 

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Noice. Im going to start looking for one. TY GS
With the way prices are going up on these I hope you're able to find one and nice shape and get a good deal on it while you can sooner rather than later :) ...
 

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I bought the Marlin semi auto in 1968, but mine had the 7 shot detachable magazine and really looked like a M1. Don't remember the model number but I think it also had a 99 prefix. Bought it when I was 16. All the gun shop owner asked was "Is it OK with your parents?" I said yes and bought it on site. Must of been before the 68 gun control act. Paid like 60 bucks or less.
Aaahhhh , I believe that would have been me 99-M2 model :) .
 
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VERY nice find!

That looks a LOT like a Ruger 10/22 Carbine, except for the rear sight and tube magazine.
 

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Seems like a popular model. If worth good money you can bet I owned it and traded like a moron. Those Marlin 99s were handy and light. The gold plated triggers were a nice touch as was the walnut stock with a nice finish. Seems with the influx of polymer these days the older wood and satin bluing of the old stuff is more appealing.
 

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VERY nice find!

That looks a LOT like a Ruger 10/22 Carbine, except for the rear sight and tube magazine.
Thanks TM, I jumped on the deal just to get my hands on this M1 :) . I haven't checked the production dates but I'd be willing to bet that these predate the Dee's predate the 10/22's
 
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Seems like a popular model. If worth good money you can bet I owned it and traded like a moron. Those Marlin 99s were handy and light. The gold plated triggers were a nice touch as was the walnut stock with a nice finish. Seems with the influx of polymer these days the older wood and satin bluing of the old stuff is more appealing.
Yes it is :) . I hate plastic and I don't own any polymer firearms, not even my AR, it's all steel and aircraft . aluminum other than the grip and the butt. I see polymer Firearms as a passing fad because they don't last very long and they're crap.. .
 
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Thanks TM, I jumped on the deal just to get my hands on this M1 :) . I haven't checked the production dates but I'd be willing to bet that these predate the Dee's predate the 10/22's
It probably DOES predate the 10/22. Ruger is NOT a firearms designer as much as a firearms design "modifier." They have copied MANY firearms designs, and made modifications that turned into successful sales.
 

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These were variants of the model 60 to copy the M1 look, good marketing. I know that I have one in the back of the safe, got it cheap at a swap meet, since it had no rear sight, there was a cheap red dot mounted on it. That is not good for collector value but as a shooter if made it very affordable. If I ever do happen upon a rear sight I will gladly scarf it up.
Cool little rifles.
 
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