Trying to find dates

Discussion in 'Marlin Rimfires' started by Muletngr, Jul 15, 2014.

  1. Muletngr

    Muletngr New Member

    I have a Marlin rimfire 22 rifle and I am trying to find out when it was manufactured. The only thing on the barrel is Model 81-DL-22 CAL-S-L-LR-A and Marlin Co New Haven Conn. It has been in my family since about 1950. Does anyone know when it was manufactured?
    I did contact the Marlin company back in the Spring but no one ever answered.
  2. greyhawk50

    greyhawk50 Well-Known Member

    Welcome to the Marlin Forum. Glad to have you join us.
    I've never owned or researched the Model 81-DL - but- I would think that, without the serial number, finding the date of mfg. would be next to impossible.
    We have 81-DL owners on here. Maybe one of them will respond. Wishing you success.


  3. FOUR4D4

    FOUR4D4 Well-Known Member

    The Marlin Model 81-DL rifle was introduced in 1941 and manufactured up until the start of WWII. Model 81 production was resumed in 1945 and continued until 1964 so your rifle could have been manufactured either before or after WWII. The 81-DL was a modernized version of Marlin's earlier Model 81-B, it had a plastic trigger guard, aperture sight on the receiver and hooded bead at the muzzle. Rifles manufactured before WWII had a broad semi-beaver tail forend, post-war rifles had a standard forend and rifles made after 1957 had a walnut Monte Carlo half-stock and a new streamlined trigger guard. A call to Marlin would answer your questions have the serial number handy when you call.
  4. Muletngr

    Muletngr New Member

    Thank you for getting back with me. I will call Marlin. I do not have a serial number on my rifle though. I understand they were not required until 1968.