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Marlin Model 989 M2 Carbine .22LR
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I saw a 989 M2 (the model with the box magazine) at a small gun show a while back. I was browsing the tables when this "M1 carbine-looking thing" caught my eye.
I had never seen one before and REALLY wanted to buy it, but I didn't have much cash on me, and had to walk away. I did get the guy's number in case I wanted to see if it was still available later.
It was in fair condition - nothing looked horribly "wrong" and it wasn't banged up, but the stock looked "blah", and there were a lot of worn spots on the metal. I wouldn't think a collector would be interested in it as it was clearly "well used". It had a commemorative medallion on the side of the butt stock.

I did some research and learned that Marlin first made a 99 M1 in 1964 - a shortened, slightly modified 989/99C that used a tubular magazine.

(excerpt from a Marlin book)
Quote:The marketing thought behind the Model 99M1 semiautomatic carbine was to capitalize on it's hand guard, short barrel, and M1 suffix to the model number as it was felt that the casual similarity to the Cal. 30 U.S., Carbine, M1 would appeal to the thousands of WWII veterans who had trained and carried into combat the larger caliber M1 carbine. It must have worked, because over 160,000 of this model were manufactured.

The Model 989 M2 was introduced in 1965 and produced until 1978.
Identical to the 99 M1 except that the tube magazine was replaced with a detachable, 7 round box magazine.
Two 7 round magazines were furnished with the model 989 M2 through 1969. In 1970 the practice was discontinued.

From 1965-1970 the suggested retail price was $49.95 (it creeped up to a whopping $73.95 in 1978)

The more I read up on them and saw images online, the more I wished I had bought the one I saw at the show. "Oh well, maybe one day."

Well, good things come to those who wait and I just happened upon one again that was in a LOT better condition AND for less money. I still didn't have the extra money to buy it, but I wasn't willing to let it slip by me, so I bought it anyway with the plan of selling off some items to cover the cost of the purchase so I wouldn't actually be out any money.

Here she is!

Marlin Model 989 M2 .22LR circa 1969 per serial number.

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It is missing the rear sight which is a common issue on these carbines as the rear sights were mounted to the grooved top and made to be easily removed in order to install a scope. Many owners did just that and in the process rear sights were misplaced and as the carbine changed hands, it did so minus the lost rear sight. I would like to find one if I can.

The seller included the vintage (you can tell it's old by the lettering) Tasco 601E 4x15 scope that was already mounted on it.
Also included are TWO original magazines.

Overall condition is much better than it even looked in the photo I saw before going to get it.
All metal is perfect and only a few minor handling marks on the stock.
This one has fine checkering on the grip area - something I hadn't noticed in any photos I've seen of these little carbines.
The front sight is solid. (some tend to come loose)
The front barrel band with the sling mount has a little play in it. That and the missing sight are the only "negatives" I can see.

I can't wait to try it out. Smile

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Pics of it lying on gravel to follow. Wink
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#2
Very nice EM. How many 22's are you up to now?
das, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Sep 2012.
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#3
I want an official Marlin range model 989 M2, Carbine Action, .22LR, 200 Shot rifle!
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Mr_Gixxer;129550 Wrote:I want an official Marlin range model 989 M2, Carbine Action, .22LR, 200 Shot rifle!

You'll shoot yer eye out, kid. Tongue

I have a similar Marlin 22 with the tubular magazine. Not a bad little gun.
I don't suffer from insanity.
I enjoy every minute of it.
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#5
My very first rifle was a .22 M1 Carbine but I don't know whatever happened to it.

A couple of years ago at a show I found and bought a Erma M1 Carbine .22 Made in Germany which was used as a trainer. Trouble is that its sort of finicky on what ammo it likes to eat.

I don't know why but I think the M1 Carbine rifles are one of the most comfortable to shoot.

I would take the scope off as it looks unnatural, but that's me and is no way a personal attack Wink
Dave, proudly annoying members of pa2a.org since Sep 2012.
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#6
das;129548 Wrote:Very nice EM. How many 22's are you up to now?

I'd have to look, but I seem to have better luck finding .22 rifles than .22 AMMO.

Big Grin
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Dave;129556 Wrote:My very first rifle was a .22 M1 Carbine but I don't know whatever happened to it.

A couple of years ago at a show I found and bought a Erma M1 Carbine .22 Made in Germany which was used as a trainer. Trouble is that its sort of finicky on what ammo it likes to eat.

I don't know why but I think the M1 Carbine rifles are one of the most comfortable to shoot.

I would take the scope off as it looks unnatural, but that's me and is no way a personal attack Wink


Cool. I no longer have my first .22 rifle - a Marlin model 25 bolt action.
I thought that was going to be my next .22 purchase for the sake of nostalgia, but I just couldn't pass this one up.

It was only $140, locally, from a private seller.
I didn't even bother trying to haggle at that price. Smile



An actual M1 carbine is "on my list".
My goal is to own primarily only rifles that are not tall enough to ride the rollercoasters at Kennywood park. Wink


I agree about the scope, as (a) I generally don't care for scopes - period, and (b) it detracts from the "M1 look". (as does the checkering)
Like I said though, it is missing the (detachable) rear sight, so that's the only means of aiming at the moment.

Original rear sights are said to be hard to find. If anyone has suggestions on locating old parts, I welcome your input.
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Emptymag;129564 Wrote:
Dave;129556 Wrote:My very first rifle was a .22 M1 Carbine but I don't know whatever happened to it.

A couple of years ago at a show I found and bought a Erma M1 Carbine .22 Made in Germany which was used as a trainer. Trouble is that its sort of finicky on what ammo it likes to eat.

I don't know why but I think the M1 Carbine rifles are one of the most comfortable to shoot.

I would take the scope off as it looks unnatural, but that's me and is no way a personal attack Wink


Cool. I no longer have my first .22 rifle - a Marlin model 25 bolt action.
I thought that was going to be my next .22 purchase for the sake of nostalgia, but I just couldn't pass this one up.

It was only $140, locally, from a private seller.
I didn't even bother trying to haggle at that price. Smile



An actual M1 carbine is "on my list".
My goal is to own primarily only rifles that are not tall enough to ride the rollercoasters at Kennywood park. Wink


I agree about the scope, as (a) I generally don't care for scopes - period, and (b) it detracts from the "M1 look". (as does the checkering)
Like I said though, it is missing the (detachable) rear sight, so that's the only means of aiming at the moment.

Original rear sights are said to be hard to find. If anyone has suggestions on locating old parts, I welcome your input.

Here ya go...


https://www.gunpartscorp.com/Manufacture...htm?page=1

Its a start, looks like they have some of the parts you'll need.
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Also scored a real M1 Carbine from CMP some years ago. Love it.

At the Oaks show this weekend I saw a guy selling Rockola M1 Carbines for a bit over a grand that looked brand new. As I was about to mortgage the house to buy them all I learned that they bought the name and were making them new under the Rockola name. I think the original Rockola models are the rarest and most expensive to buy.

They looked great but I did not buy any.

Here they be: http://www.jamesriverarmory.com/world-wa...etail.html
Dave, proudly annoying members of pa2a.org since Sep 2012.
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Emptymag;129560 Wrote:
das;129548 Wrote:Very nice EM. How many 22's are you up to now?

I'd have to look, but I seem to have better luck finding .22 rifles than .22 AMMO.

Big Grin

I have to admit, I found it humorous that a guy who goes by "Emptymag" keeps buying .22's.
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