I also read that quality was not as good as the "old days" and original Marlins are more sought after. There is the "REP" on the barrel in front of the receiver; the Reminton proof mark.I also read how to date a Marlin by the serial number. The other side of the barrel says," North Haven CT".The first letter of the date code is as follows: A = Jan. There is a much more complete information on dating a Marlin here at in the reference section. t=495G Wi; You apparently have a new Marlin Model 1895 that was manufactured in 1973. I have heard that all of the 219 rifles were manufactured in the fifties.In 1956, Marlin also incorporated its proprietary Micro-Groove rifling system into the Model 336 and other centerfire Marlin rifles.I hope this helps all Marlin owners:--------------------------------------------------------------------------------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-C1947-D1948-E1949-F1950-G1951-H1952-J1953-K1954-L1955-M1956-N1957-P1958-R1959-S1960 (August)-1961-U1961 (August)-1962-V1963-W1964-Y,-Z1965-AA1966-AB1967-AC1968-AD, -681969-691970-701971-711972-72Starting 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) ]. I bought mine in 1965, used it a few years for Ground Hog hunting, and stored it away. I have a Model 60SS that I determined that the Manufacure year is 1996. I would like to know if there is a way to determine the month of manufacture.An evolution of the Model 36 rifle, the Model 336 is easily distinguished from its predecessors by its open ejection port machined into the side of the receiver.Design improvements include a stronger and simpler round-profile chrome-plated breech bolt, a redesigned cartridge carrier, an improved extractor, With its solid, flat top receiver and side ejection of fired cartridges, the Marlin 336 is prime candidate for use with a rifle scope.
Compared to the Winchester 94, then the predominant lever-action hunting rifle, the Model 36 was somewhat heavier with a simpler internal mechanism and a full pistol grip-type buttstock in contrast to the Winchester 94's straight grip stock.Actually, the firm’s lever rifles came on the scene well after it produced some derringers, revolvers and single-shot rifles, but it seems that despite these other excellent products–along with some top-notch shotguns–it is the repeaters that stick in the minds of most firearms aficionados.And with good reason: They were, and are, some of the finest sporting rifles ever made.The first letter of the date code represented the month of manufacture while the second letter indicated the year. The workings are exactly the same as any other Marlin.This date code was usually stamped on the left side of the barrel just in front of the receiver. 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.