Guns, Firearms, Projectile Weapon Sports/Sears Ranger .410 o/u

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I have the subject shotgun, SN # R3XX. Is it a Marlin Model 90, and when was it manufactured? Value?

Thanks,

Robert

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Hello Robert.
  Yes, the Sears Ranger .410 O/U shotgun was manufactured by Marlin as the model 103. Sears used the name 'Ranger' on it from 1937-1941. It was not produced during the war years of 1942-1946. In 1947, Sears replaced the name 'Ranger' with 'J.C. Higgins'. It was still a Marlin Model 90. In 1947, Marlin began putting the 'Model 90' on their own shotgun. It was discontinued in 1958. To my knowledge, there are no numbers that can place it as manufactured in a certain year, but your shotgun was manufactured during the pre-war years of 1937-1941.
  You ask for a value. That is something that cannot be calculated with out close, in-hand, inspection. If you have not done anything to it besides a gentle cleaning, I suggest you stop there. The Marlin Model 90, especially in .410 caliber, is highly collectable. The Sears Ranger is collectable, too. I suggest finding a 'noted' firearms appraiser to give you a value. There are many listed on the internet, but I suggest one from an 'NRA' society program.
  I hope this helps in your research, and thank you for asking for me. Charles Gage  

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I can answer questions dealing with firearms and their development due to western expansion. I can answer most questions about any firearms of the world manufactured after the Civil War(1868 - present. I can offer safety warnings about these. I can offer opinions and the reasons behind these. I can also answer questions about Iver Johnson firearms. I can identify by pictures most firearms. If your question involves a firearm you have access to, please include a good quality photo with your question.

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I have been at the study of firearms and their use since my first issue of Field and Stream in 1962.At that time I was completely devoted to rifles, but over the years I have experienced the thrill of the hunt with handguns, shotguns and of course rifles. I moved from Oklahoma to New Mexico in 1972 and, since, I have taken numerous game and non-game animals with all firearms (cannons excluded)including blackpowder muzzleloading rifles,shotguns and handguns. My favorite handgun for large non-game animals, such as feral hogs, is my Uberti replica of a 1847 Colt Walker. Very heavy, but accurate.

Education/Credentials
I am a 1973 high school graduate. Junior and senior year I developed a class on Wildlife Depredation and Conservation of our Rocky Mountain states. My specialty was the brown bear.

Awards and Honors
New Mexico Hunter Safety Program Instructor 15 year award.

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