I believe the buttplate has the H&R 1871 logo on it if it's a Marlin manufacture.I just bought an H&R Pardner Pump 12ga at the flea market.
Now that I'm looking it up, I see this post that says Marlin (a.k.a. H&R) will not support the older incarnations.
So how do I know if mine is a Marlin or not?
Well that's good to know.Cerberus is run by Steve Feinberg an avid hunter who donates money to Republicans. Dan Quayle is a manager at the firm and Rumsfeld is a client. I doubt Cerberus is buying firearms manufacturers to shut them down or intentionally cripple the industry. In fact, given the strategy of the left to sue gunmakers to drive them out of business it is good to see firms get capitalized.