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Old 10-18-2019, 08:09 PM
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Got a Marlin 99M1 that a friend is looking to sell, he is wondering about value and was told it had a rare factory stock on it. My questions are- is the squirrel carving factory? What would approximate value be? Thanks for any help folks!
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Old 10-18-2019, 09:47 PM
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First off that is a nice 99m1 it has a walnut stock and looks like a factory engraved squirrel. They are hard to find and desirable, it also appears to have the original rear sight that is also a plus as they go for around $100 by themselves. I am no expert but I estimate the value as it sits approx 3 to $400. A nice one with a non squirrel stock will sell for around 2 to $250.
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Old 10-19-2019, 01:03 AM
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Thanks for the info, that is exactly what I was after. Wasn’t sure if the squirrel helped or killed value on it.
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Old 10-19-2019, 08:54 AM
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Not a Marlin expert by any means but that ragged mismatched recess cut from the 6 to 8 o'clock positions doesn't look very good to me. Not what I would expect from a "factory" product.
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Old 10-19-2019, 10:20 AM
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Not a Marlin expert by any means but that ragged mismatched recess cut from the 6 to 8 o'clock positions doesn't look very good to me. Not what I would expect from a "factory" product.
Yeah gotta agree. That just does not appear something a factory would do.

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Old 10-19-2019, 10:28 AM
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Not a Marlin expert by any means but that ragged mismatched recess cut from the 6 to 8 o'clock positions doesn't look very good to me. Not what I would expect from a "factory" product.
I don't believe that carving is "factory", don't think Marlins carved any rifles. The Glenfield squirrel stocks were pressed and not carved. An complete, un-altered 99M1 normally goes for $250 to $350 depending on the wood. They haven't been produced for decades and the value is slowly creeping up. Some might pay a premium for this carved stock and some might actually think it devalues the rifle. Personally I only like a "stock" 99M1. Good luck on its sale!!
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Old 10-19-2019, 10:55 AM
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Well looking around marlin did indeed do these squirrel carvings on 99m1s and more commonly a few 39a rifles. Trying to find better pics of other carvings to compare, but no close ups so far. Looks like I’ve got some more research to do. But I’m leaning towards factory based on these

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Old 10-19-2019, 11:57 AM
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I recently attended a local gun show where there were three M1. All were in nice, clean, condition and all were in the $200-$230 range - before dickering. I bought one of them.

This one has great wood and appears to be in very good condition. IF the carving is factory I would go to $300 - 350 for it. JMHO
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Old 10-19-2019, 12:01 PM
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Is it just me or does the carving on your rifle look 'different' from the Armslist postings? Yours looks like 'less detail' in the squirrel's tail and body and different shape of the head. Maybe just from wear?? and one pic is very blurry - the one with the light shade of wood.
I've never handled one with the carving, just the pressed squirrel at the grip.
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I don't think Marlins carved any rifles.

The Glenfield squirrel stocks were pressed and not carved.

Marlin machine-carved squirrels on the buttstock(s); but used a press for the squirrels on the side of the PG.







Since wood stocks are a natural product, the irregularities around the edge of the pictured carved squirrel could simply be a minor woodgrain tear out.



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Old 10-19-2019, 12:28 PM
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Is it just me or does the carving on your rifle look 'different' from the Armslist postings? Yours looks like 'less detail' in the squirrel's tail and body and different shape of the head. Maybe just from wear?? and one pic is very blurry - the one with the light shade of wood.
I've never handled one with the carving, just the pressed squirrel at the grip.
Can’t be from wear as this stock has nothing but a few safe dings. The rifle was never used much at least from 1970 to present as it has had the same owner, but he bought it used. First one I’ve ever seen to even look at. I might pick it up from him, I told him it was probably a $300 gun, possibly more at auction, so he said I could pay him $150 and take it. Probably grab it when he stops by today. It will look good next to my 989M2.
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Old 10-19-2019, 12:40 PM
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Canít be from wear as this stock has nothing but a few safe dings. The rifle was never used much at least from 1970 to present as it has had the same owner, but he bought it used. First one Iíve ever seen to even look at. I might pick it up from him, I told him it was probably a $300 gun, possibly more at auction, so he said I could pay him $150 and take it. Probably grab it when he stops by today. It will look good next to my 989M2.
I'd scoop it up so fast for a buck fifty it would be a blur pulling out my wallet!
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I'd scoop it up so fast for a buck fifty it would be a blur pulling out my wallet!
He was going to see if his son wanted it when he was here, I guess he doesn’t. I didn’t want to get in the middle of that situation.
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Old 10-19-2019, 02:21 PM
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I learn something all the time. So, Marlin did do those inlet squirrel carvings. I don't think they did them very well though, but that's just my opinion.
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It looks much better in person, but I would agree
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