The Marlin 81-DL was manufactured from 1941 to about 1964. This gun appears to be WWII era because it has a Bakelite trigger guard, which is consistent with the period. Model 81s were not serial numbered so the best way to narrow down the date of manufacture is by the rifle's features. Rifles manufactured W.W.II era had a plastic type trigger guard. Post-war guns and rifles manufactured after 1957 had a walnut Monte Carlo half-stock and a more streamlined trigger guard. This rifle shoots .22 SHORT, LONG AND LONG RIFLE cartridges, regular and high speed. Features Quick release trigger, self-cocking action, side ejection, Off and On safety, with an American Walnut stock, Open sight & Sling Strap swivels and Tubular magazine which holds 18-25 rounds according to a 1948 Marlin print ad where it was priced new $26.95. Overall condition is fair, blue worn off some pitting and deterioration on barrel around the muzzle, smooth action, bore good, stock good.
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