First Year Marlin Firearms Co Model 336-A .30-30 24” Lever Rifle 1948 C&R

SOLD FOR: $750

WOA#: WY240226SP001

Make: Marlin

Model: 336-A

Serial Number: E24659

Year of Manufacture: 1948

Caliber: .30-30

Action Type:  Lever Action Rifle with Mag Tube

Markings: The lower tang is marked “E24659”.  The left side of the barrel is marked “The Marlin Firearms Co. NEW HAVEN.CONN.U.S.A.-EST.1870 / – – – – – MODEL .336-A-30-30 CAL. –A – – – – -”. The right side of the chamber has a JM proof.

Barrel Length: 24” Round

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a hooded brass beaded blade dovetail to a serrated ramp screwed to the barrel. The hood has been removed.   The rear sight is a u notch leaf dovetailed to the barrel with riser.  The left side of the receiver has been drilled, tapped, and filled for sights (not included). The top of the receiver is serrated for glare reduction.

Stock Configuration & Condition:  The stocks are two-piece smooth wood with a capped forearm, semi-pistol grip, straight comb, serrated black hard rubber buttplate, and a Marlin “bullseye” in the belly.  There are a couple small scratches, nicks and compression marks on the buttstock and forearm but for the most part the stocks remain relatively free of any notable defects. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 3/8” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate.  There are some scuffs on the heel and toe of the buttplate.  The stocks rate in about Fine overall condition.

Type of Finish: Blue

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.  In this writer’s opinion the bore rates 9/10 for C&R.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 93% of its metal finish. There is some thinning on the leading edges, finish loss on the muzzle and loading gate, as well as some corrosion on the bottom of the receiver around the screw.  There is some rust scattered about the lever as well as some rust freckles on the barrel exterior primarily on the bottom of the muzzle portion of the barrel.   There is some light operation wear on the action.  The markings are clear. The screw heads are sharp. Overall this rifle rates in about Very Good condition for C&R.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly.  The hammer has a quarter cock safety position.  We have not fired this rifle. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.

Our Assessment:  This Marlin Model 336-A .30-30 Lever Action Rifle, from the inaugural year of production in 1948, is a quintessential example of classic American firearm design. Introduced by Marlin, the Model 336 quickly earned a stellar reputation for its reliability and power, especially among hunters. Chambered in .30-30 Winchester, this rifle is well-suited for hunting medium-sized game, boasting both manageable recoil and effective performance.

The Model 336-A features Marlin’s iconic lever-action mechanism, celebrated for its smooth operation and reliability. The solid-top receiver and side ejection were innovative features that facilitated easy scope mounting, distinguishing the Model 336 from other lever-action rifles of its era. The first-year production of this model carries special significance, marking the inception of a legacy that has endured for generations.

The rifle’s classic and elegant aesthetics, with a blued steel barrel and a walnut stock, showcase the high-quality materials and craftsmanship for which Marlin is renowned. This rifle is not only a practical hunting tool but also a collector’s item, representing a significant piece of Marlin’s storied history. The Marlin Model 336-A .30-30 Lever Action Rifle, particularly from its inaugural year, is highly valued by enthusiasts and hunters alike, embodying the rugged charm and enduring functionality that have made it an enduring staple in the American firearm landscape.  Please see our photos and good luck on your bid! – L.S.

First Year Marlin Firearms Co Model 336-A .30-30 24” Lever Rifle 1948 C&R
First Year Marlin Firearms Co Model 336-A .30-30 24” Lever Rifle 1948 C&R