Anyone know anything about Marlin model 99's


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JohnClark7886
06-30-2008, 11:15 AM
I bought what is supposed to be a Marlin model 99 from a guy. It does say Model 99 on the barrel but I can't find a serial number externally anywhere. It does have a walnut stock and the reciever on top is grooved for a scope. Does this sound like a Model 99 and where should the serial number be? I primarily bought it because it was cheap $80, had a walnut stock (very rare), had a tubular magazine (which I love) and was semi auto. I really wanted another Remington Speedmaster, but I can't find one in my price range for anything...anyway...give me the scoop on this, is it a 99 or what...

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Old Soldier
06-30-2008, 11:39 AM
All I come up with from Marlin is,

MODEL 990 SEMI-AUTO

- .22 LR cal. only, 18 shot tube mag., 22 in. barrel, last shot automatic bolt hold-open, Monte Carlo American black walnut stock with pistol grip, 5 1/2 lbs. Disc. 1987.

100% 98% 95% 90% 80% 70% 60%
$115 $90 $75 $65 $60 $55 $50

Last MSR was $159.

MODEL 990L SEMI-AUTO

- .22 LR cal., 14 shot tube mag., 22 in. barrel, laminated two-tone brown Monte Carlo stock, gold trigger, adj. rear sight, grooved receiver, 5 3/4 lbs. Mfg. 1993-94.

100% 98% 95% 90% 80% 70% 60%
$180 $160 $145 $130 $120 $110 $100

Last MSR was $223.

9x19
06-30-2008, 12:21 PM
The Marlin 99 was made from 1959 - 1961, plain pistol grip stock and 22" barrel.

Serial numbers weren't required until the Gun Control Act of 1968.

There was also: the model 99C (1962-1968), with gold-plated trigger and monte carlo stock (checkered in later years); and the 99DL (1960-1965), with gold-plated trigger, jeweled bolt, and monte carlo stock with swivels and sling.

Nobody
06-30-2008, 12:27 PM
The Marlin 99 was introduced in 1959 as a new, sleek design by Marlin's design engineer Ewald Nichol. It was an immediate success. It featured micro-Groove rifling, 18-shot tubular magazine, drilled & tapped for standard receiver peep sights, top drilled & tapped for adapter for scope base (no grooves), stock fine american walnut, 22" barrel, total OAL 42", weight about 5 1/2lbs. Mfg'd 1959-61.

1961 saw introduction of the 99DL, essentially the same rifle but with minor chnges to make it a fancier rifle; gold plated trigger, swivels for leather sling, new style one-piece stock with fluted comb & monte carlo drop, pistol grip & grip cap, custom type hard rubber buttplate with white line spacer. Mfg'd 1960-64.

Model 99C also introduced in 1961, essentially the same as model 99 but with a 'gold' trigger. In 1963 a monte carlo stock was added to the line & the bolt was 'damascened'.

1964 saw receivers being grooved for tip-off mounts instead of using the scope base adapter.

99M1 carbine was introduced in 1964 as a short carbine, 18" barrel & a genuine walnut handguard to match the stock, approx 37" OAL & about 4 3/4lbs, 10shot tubular mag, leather strap & swivels.

The model 99C & 99M1 were mfg'd thru 1978 with various minor changes, mostly cosmetic, & then redesignated with 3-digit model #'s, 990, 995, etc.

The model 60G (& Glenfield 60) are direct derivatives of the 99 design & began production in 1960 (hence model 60) with birch stocks & cheaper rear sights, have gone thru myriad cosmetic changes in a number of guises, have been mfg'd in the hundreds of thousands (millions??), & remain in production today. Many of the early 60G's & most all the Glenfields were sold to/thru chain outlets & mass-merchandisers. The Glenfield name was dropped by Marlin in 1983.

Old Soldier
06-30-2008, 12:37 PM
Model 99 - 1959-1960. Price Range $75 - $150.
Model 99C - 1961-1978. Price Range $75 - $150.
Model 99G - 1960-1965, Marlin Glenfield. Price Range $75 - $150.

Blammer
06-30-2008, 08:42 PM
Prewar Mod 3 = 8shot box mag, straight grained dark walnut half stock, 22" Non-microgroove BBL... Refinished it babybutt smoooth & hand rubbed in many coats of BLO, managed to find 2 extra factory mags :D Very smooth action & the trigger is Marlin crisp:up: My only regret is the Prewar rifle has a round receiver and isn't grooved for a scope:( & I don't want to do a D&T job .... Too bad the original action wasn't a tubefeed, but the mechanics are pretty much unchanged, near as I can tell from the schematics. Good deal for $80 today, paid $30 for mine in 1995.:)

JohnClark7886
07-02-2008, 10:09 AM
Well based on all the excellent feed back I think I have a 99C post 1964 but pre 1968 model. It has the gold trigger, walnut stock (which I am going to refinish and will look totally awesome) but not the monte carlo stock, and grooved reciever. That all points to 1964 99C, since serial numbers were required in '68 and it doesn't have one, then logic says 64 to 67. Thanks all you guys for your posts and helping me to identify it as good as could be. Now any suggestions for what scope to mount on this little baby? The last scope I bought for a 22 was in 1974 so I think the technology may have changed in the last 34 years or so. Don't need anything fancy just something to give me reasonable accuracy with these 50 year old eyes at 100 yards....thanks again!

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