Marlin No. 24 12 Gauge, Questions

Discussion in 'Curio & Relic Discussion' started by blackdouglas, Nov 17, 2012.

  1. blackdouglas

    blackdouglas New Member

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    OK guys, I have the general background. Marlin No. (Model) 24 12 gauge shotgun. I believe it was made between 1909-1910. The barrel is about 19 inches, so I assume somebody shaved her down a little? I know that some think they're a dangerous gun, but I cleaned this one and found nothing wrong with her, so I put her through her paces on the range and she was as good as our modern issued ones.
    I'm looking for.....

    History.
    Grade.
    Anything interesting.
     

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  2. TDS92A

    TDS92A New Member Supporter

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    I will check my source books when I get home today. In the meantime, have you went running around the internet?
     

  3. hiwall

    hiwall Active Member

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    Looks like the same as one of sons has. He's kinda a Marlin collector. The barrel on his has not been cut but otherwise looks very much like yours. Marlin did make several models that looked quite similar.
     
  4. TDS92A

    TDS92A New Member Supporter

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    @Blackdouglas,

    Unfortunately all that I can tell you is this; the Marlin Model 24 was introduced in 1908 and discontinued in 1915. They came in four grades. If you go to your local book store and get a copy of the "Thirty - Third Edition, Blue Book of Gun Values by S.P. Fjestad, turn to page 1245, down at the bottom of the page and you will see the values. They range from $140.00 to $1375.00. Without actually holding the weapon I cannot give youa value. In my estimation she is worth around $500.00. This is based soley on the pictures.

    I hope that this helps you.
     
  5. blackdouglas

    blackdouglas New Member

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    Thanks guys. Yeah, I went and hunted, FINALLY found a site that says mine is a B grade because it has the checkered stock and pump. The A's were plain-jane, C's had filigreeing, while the D's, which were the high class ones, had gold and silver worked into them.
     
  6. TDS92A

    TDS92A New Member Supporter

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    I would hold onto her no matter what grade she is. She appears to be in beautiful condition. :D

     
  7. blackdouglas

    blackdouglas New Member

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    LOL! No worries there. I buy stuff to keep. I am a history geek, especially when it comes to guns from before Korea. But the guy I bought it off said it was used in a Detroit prison, so as a cop, I just had to have it.
     
  8. TDS92A

    TDS92A New Member Supporter

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    There are many reasons to collect. Being a cop is just as good as any other. :D