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Originally Posted by english View Post
Marlin lever action 22 mod 97, #71216

At the risk of some thread drift, I have a couple comments here.

1. The serial number you listed should have an A at the front end. No Model 1897/97 would have had a serial number this low without the A prefix. The lowest "regular" number on a Model 1897 was 150021, and on the later Model 97, it was 293615. The Alpha numbers were used only on the Model 97, and started at A441, running as high as A7938.

2. The Model 1897/97 was Marlin's first purpose-built takedown rimfire rifle. It was the progenitor of the Model 39 and, later, the Model 39A. I've written two articles on this model, which can be found here:

Marlin Model 1897 | Gun Values Board

And here:

How To Tell The Difference Between A Marlin Model 39 And Model 39A | Gun Values Board

I hope these comments are helpful.
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