View Full Version : C&R Marlin/Sears .22 Rifle (Orange County)

M. D. Van Norman
11-25-2011, 9:37 PM
After Heller and McDonald, I no longer feel the need to maintain an ďarsenal of libertyĒ for future generations. I already have projects enough to keep me busy for years to come, so I think itís time for me to release some of the surplus and ignored firearms from my armory. The next two years may also be the last chance to avoid the grand inconvenience of total gun registration in California.

Each of the firearms listed below will be described in detail and pictured in subsequent posts. Thank you for looking!

Colt Government Model semi-automatic pistol
C170225 1933 .45 ACP Sold for $700

British № 4 Mk. I, Lee-Enfield, bolt-action rifle
AA14418 → AA15928 1942 .303 Brit. Sold for $200

British № 4 Mk. I, Lee-Enfield, barreled receiver
DC24947A 1943 .303 Brit. Sold for $50

Sears Ranger 103-4 (Marlin A1) semi-automatic rifle
Non-serialized pre-1945 .22 LR $150

Swiss K1931, Schmidt-Rubin, bolt-action carbine
890031 1947 7.5mm Swiss Sold for $250

U.S. M1 carbine (Inland)
5247729 1944 .30 carbine Sold for $600

U.S. M1, Garand, rifle receiver
2926463 1944 .30-06 Spring. Sold for $200

Winchester 94 lever-action carbine
1778349 1951 .30-30 Win. Sold for $400

Winchester 94 lever-action carbine
2092440 1954 .30-30 Win. Sold for $500

I prefer to meet in person in the north Orange County area, but all firearms can be shipped at the buyerís expense. All of the long guns are C&R and more than 50 years old, so they are eligible for cash-and-carry transfers to non-prohibited persons until 2014. However, I am a licensed collector, so I do have to gather identifying information for my disposition log.

All prices are firm Ö at least until 2014. :p

M. D. Van Norman
11-25-2011, 9:39 PM
I acquired this pistol several years ago, and it has remained in my safe unfired since then. It is a standard Colt Government Model that was exported to Argentina in 1933 for use by the capital police. Since being re-imported to the U.S., it has been professionally refinished and given new springs. The pistol also has a new, fully throated barrel.

The new finish looks very nice, but the previous owner unfortunately chose to have the Argentine markings removed. The gunís collectability is probably gone, but it could make a great old-school shooter. Perhaps this will require a little work, as the pistol still has the stiff trigger pull of the era.

I would rather cut on foreign imports than tamper with a vintage Colt, so Iím letting this one go somewhat reluctantly.







M. D. Van Norman
11-25-2011, 9:41 PM





The pistol is pictured with smooth, medallion grips. The buyer may substitute checkered stocks or take both sets for an extra $20. A new Colt case will be included.

M. D. Van Norman
11-25-2011, 9:44 PM
This № 4 rifle has seen duty all over the world, but it started in 1942 at the Royal Ordnance Factory in Maltby, England. Curiously, it was re-serialized once before reaching the U.S., where BATFE regulations required yet another serial number. It has also most likely been rebuilt more than once, as none of the parts match.

I applied my previous experience with Lee-Enfields to this rifle, thoroughly cleaning it, touching up the bluing, and completely refinishing the stocks with boiled linseed oil. However, I have not fired the gun, so the usual cautions apply.

UPDATE 1: In response to a PM question, I have just re-inspected the rifle. I now suspect that the bolt-release latch could benefit from a little file work. Without this, the rifle might be prone to short stroking without a firm hand.

UPDATE 2: I disassembled the rifle to evaluate and correct the problem. Instead of a burr or ding impeding the bolt head’s travel, I discovered that the relief cut on the latch was not complete. According to Stratton, there were no variations for the part, so this must have been a manufacturing error. I had to complete the cut by hand.

UPDATE 3: The bolt travel has been successfully corrected.







The rifle has a two-groove bore and the common wartime 300/600-meter aperture flip sight.

M. D. Van Norman
11-25-2011, 9:45 PM
I also have a Lee-Enfield barreled action dating to 1943. This one hails from the Royal Ordnance Factory at Fazakerley and has a two-groove bore. It should make a fun project gun, and I am retaining a second one myself for this very reason.







M. D. Van Norman
11-25-2011, 9:47 PM
Marlin rifles were once rebranded and sold by Sears, Roebuck & Company. This one is a semi-automatic Marlin A1, chambered in .22 LR. It predates the legal mandate for serial numbers and has none.





Though I expended much effort to acquire this rifle, it has remained in the back of my safe, unfired and largely ignored. Iím offering it as is, so know that it may need some love and care. The rear sight, at least, appears to need repair or replacement.

M. D. Van Norman
11-25-2011, 9:48 PM
Here is a Swiss K1931 carbine. It has the usual scratches and dents in its beech stock and is a little dirty from decades of storage. Otherwise, it is in fully operational condition. All serial numbers match, except on the magazine, which appears to be an unmarked replacement.

The carbine also has some history. It was manufactured in 1947, refurbished in 1955, and re-issued to Peter Riva of Sargans. I translate his assignment as staff for the 53rd Heavy Cannon Battery.






Note Mr. Rivaís initials on the stock.

M. D. Van Norman
11-25-2011, 9:49 PM


M. D. Van Norman
11-25-2011, 9:50 PM
Next is a fairly typical M1 carbine manufactured by GMís Inland Division in 1944. These carbines are a lot of fun to shoot, but I donít really need two. Iíve fired perhaps 100 rounds from this one without issue.





The carbine will include two 10-round magazines.

M. D. Van Norman
11-25-2011, 9:51 PM
Iím not selling my M1 rifle, but I do have a spare receiver that could be used as the base for a rebuild project or for a custom rifle. This one came out of the U.S. Springfield Armory in 1944.


M. D. Van Norman
11-25-2011, 9:53 PM
I have three venerable Winchester lever-action carbines. All three shoot wonderfully, so I will let the market decide which one I should keep. Two of these out-of-production guns will go to other deserving shooters.

First is the oldest, dating to 1951. It has the half-cock safety and vertical ejection. Unlike later versions of the model, it was not factory drilled and tapped for the option of a receiver sight.







Being the oldest, this one is the most worn. There are scratches and dings here and there, and the finish on the receiver is thin. There were also a couple spots of rust pitting that I cleaned up and cold blued.

M. D. Van Norman
11-25-2011, 9:54 PM
This is the second Winchester lever-action carbine, dating to 1954. It has the half-cock safety and vertical ejection.






M. D. Van Norman
11-25-2011, 9:55 PM


This one is probably the best of the bunch. The bluing is mostly intact with very few scratches or blemishes. I did have to replace the missing front-sight hood.

M. D. Van Norman
11-25-2011, 9:56 PM
The market has spoken. I’ll be keeping this one! :D






M. D. Van Norman
11-25-2011, 9:57 PM


Its condition is in between the other two. There is some finish wear and minor scratches. I also had to replace the missing front-sight hood.

11-25-2011, 10:02 PM
I will take the 1951 30-30

PM sent

11-25-2011, 10:41 PM
I'll take the 1954 .30-30

11-25-2011, 10:44 PM
I'll take the Schmidt Rubin, PM sent!

11-27-2011, 8:19 AM
I will take the Colt 1911

11-27-2011, 12:22 PM
2nd on the 45

M. D. Van Norman
01-29-2012, 8:31 AM
Updated. :D

01-29-2012, 8:51 AM
I'll take the m1 and Sears

Edit: I believe I saw the m1 for $200 then you changed it to $600 or did I just imagine things? No longer interested.

M. D. Van Norman
01-29-2012, 9:26 AM

The Garand receiver is still $200. :o

01-29-2012, 12:53 PM
Ill take that Enfield barreled receiver. Thanks!

M. D. Van Norman
02-19-2012, 12:37 PM
The Garand receiver is sold pending funds.


The Marlin/Sears .22 is still available. :cool:

M. D. Van Norman
03-19-2012, 9:06 PM
By request Ö



Ö a couple more M1 pictures. :D

Brian B
03-19-2012, 9:19 PM
I will take the Garand receiver if it is still available.

Thank you,

Brian B

03-19-2012, 11:33 PM
Second on the garand receiver. :)

M. D. Van Norman
04-16-2012, 10:45 AM
A final bump.


Seems like thereís plenty of room for an old .22 in my safe now. :D