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Old 04-03-2019, 09:44 AM
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Marlin-Rockwell Model 32????



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This just ended on GunBroker - gunbroker.com/item/805166403

Just looking for more opinions on what it is, some other collectors & I discussed this and came to a couple possibilities for it. Here is some of what we looked at.

The Model 32 "was only made one year, 1915" - Marlin-Rockwell started in 1916 and at that time the company was producing firearms for WWI and not sporting rifles.

Thoughts are this might be a factory rifle from post WWI made using Model 32 receivers that were in left over from 1915, the condition makes it look like it's been together since new... except for the rear sight, it would be expected that this would have a Swebelius rear, but those have always seemed prone to damage and it may originally had one. The sight on it now looks like the one used on the Model 20's and the condition of it does not quite match IMO.

So... is this factory? or a gun put together outside the factory using some very rare parts? It would be interesting to know the serial number... so if anyone here got it..... (it was past my budget very early in the auction).

I will be getting a Model 32 with a round barrel in a few days with the barrel stamped Marlin Firearms Cooperation (same stamp as early Model 38's with 2 patent dates and the addition of "patents pending" ), so the barrel on it might be later than a Marlin-Rockwell (Illinois now has a 72 hour waiting period on long guns or I would have it now).

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Old 04-03-2019, 10:09 AM
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That is a nice looking old rifle. It is the first one that Iíve seen.

Marlin-Rockwell was known for making machineguns in WWI, including the potato digger (potatoe digger for those who prefer this spelling) and itís derivatives, and the BAR.
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I finally got the Model 32 round barrel, the barrel stamp is probably from the very early 1920's. The barrel and receiver look like they may have been together since new but the wood doesn't, especially the forearm, and the butt stock number does not match the receiver.

I'm not sure what to think of this, is it possibly a factory parts clean up from the 1920's? or something someone put together? I don't think there is any way to ever know. It looks good and has a great bore.
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Probably a barn find with a rotted rear stock that someone replaced at some point.

Mind you, prior to around 1990, if a stock had a lot of wear/cracked/etc, folks just replaced it without further thought.
Worrying about Original Numbers was limited to Classic Cars & Swiss Lugers

On second look, that rear stock seems to have also been refinished...badly.
So my guess would lean more towards someone reparing it multiple times over the years.

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On second look, that rear stock seems to have also been refinished...badly.
So my guess would lean more towards someone reparing it multiple times over the years.
I don't know what your seeing in the pictures, the forearm shows lots of wear & dents, more than I would expect compared to the rest of the gun, but the stock isn't bad in my opinion. It does not have a varnish finish so it probably isn't an original finish but the only repair is to a chipped toe and the butt plate is a reproduction that fits reasonably well. The only place where it appears to have rounded edges is where it meets the rear of the receiver, the other edges are all sharp with it not quite fitting the tangs full length, but it's not the original stock so that's expected. There is a darker area on the left wrist but it's not from a repair.

Here are some more pictures using the flash (which I usually do not do because it can change the true color).
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