Another piece I"d choose an opinion on. In pretty great shape, however feels a little "loose". Have not fired it.

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Serial # indicates earlier production (1920"s?)

Thanks!

Chuck


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That is a sweet old piece!

The model 43 was introduced in 1922 by the short-lived Marlin firearms Corporation. It was an boosted version of the model 28, introduced by the original Marlin Fire-Arms company in 1913. The model 43 brought many the the same patents (and dates) together the design 28, but likewise had Patent Pending because that a new patent filed by the coporation, group which, apparently, was never issued before the coporation, group failed.

Production that the model 43 continued after the reorganized Marlin Firearms agency came into being and also did not prevent until 1930. However, plenty of of the shotguns do by the brand-new Company had actually barrels through the Corporation surname roll-stamped on them. With a four digit serial number, your shotgun was practically certainly made during the copy, group period, an extremely likely in 1922-23. The lowest recognized serial number ~ above a design 43 is 537 and also the highest possible is 17,411. Incidentally, the trademark Bullseye in the underside of the stock was introduced by the coporation, group in 1922, the same year the model 43 do its appearance.

The model 43 was made in 12 ga. Only. The conventional grade firearms (like yours) comprised most the the production. Two versions that a catch gun were likewise offered on unique order only. We have actually no idea how plenty of were in reality produced, yet it is most likely there were not many.

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You can be interested to understand that in ~ the 1925 grand American Handicap Trapshooting Tournament, shooter mark Arie collection the World"s document by break 528 continually clay birds, utilizing a Marlin design 43 conventional grade gun. These consisted of his 200 the end of 200 in the twin A Championship event.

In 1923, her shotgun retailed for $48. Not being a shotgun collector, ns really don"t understand what this one is worth today. The Blue book of Gun values (32d Edition) puts one in 100% original condition at $325, however I don"t credit the BB worths with lot validity. In my humble opinion, the Blue publication exists only to allow dealers to gouge customers. That said, girlfriend won"t get rich marketing your old shotgun. Yet why in the human being would you want to sell it? It"s a piece of history.