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How to determine if my gun is in original condition
Posted by Bob Schneider on February 16, 2018, 1:07 pm
A friend is interested in buying my Ideal grade 16 gauge shotgun. I purchased a letter of authenticity from Marlin 5-6 years ago and learned that it was made in 1922. The barrel length and the stock length check out correctly, but the letter doesnít state what type of stock the gun had when it was manufactured. My gun has a straight English style stock and a different forearm that most of the Ideal grade guns I see onGunbroker and other web sites. How can I determine if the stock and forearm are original or replacements/restorations? I donít want to misrepresent the condition of my gun to a friend and without knowing if the gun is in original condition, Iím not sure what condition I should rate my gun Using the Blue Book or what a fair price would be for the gun. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much.