Re: Pre-WWII vs post WWII quality difference?
Posted by Steve Arnett on May 11, 2012, 7:49 am, in reply to "Re: Pre-WWII vs post WWII quality difference?"
I think the most important factor in answering your question is your intention for the gun. If you plan to buy a shooter, I don't think you'll find much difference in quality. I have a 1946 16 ga. that is a great gun to carry hunting and shoot clays with. It is a Featherweight frame, as I think all Marlin era guns are, and weighs 7 lb. (with added spacers and Pachmayr Decelerator pad). I believe all the Marlin-era guns made in Fulton also had the "Improved) high solid rib (Single Sighting Plane). I think this is an advantage in shooting, too. |
If original appearance and other collector factors are important, I think the earlier the gun, the nicer they are. Many will also contend that there was a "break" in quality in the post-1913 guns. The market is a pretty efficient barometer of how important this is.
My $0.02 worth.