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Old 06-12-2015, 05:21 PM   #1
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Marlin Model 99M1

Here's a little 22 auto you don't see too often. It's a Marlin 99M1 Carbine in 22 LR.


What's a Marlin 99, you say? Well, before there was a Model 60 - a gun most folks know - there was the 99. The 99 was Marlin's first 22 auto, differing from the 60 mostly in the stock. It's still a Model 60 in terms of the action. The 99 had a walnut stock, the 60 a birch stock. The 99 was only offered for a few years, 59-61, though it was made in a couple of variations.

One of those is the 99M1, designed to look like the M1 Carbine, of course. It survived into the 1970s and was quite popular in its day, given its very light weight (under 5 pounds) and short 18" barrel.

This one was anything but pristine when I found it. Pretty rough, in fact. Needed a lot of TLC, but the gun is sound, all parts in working order, except for the fact the gun had no sights. Apparently, this is common with this gun. The front sight is only held in position with a set screw and is easily lost. The rear sight was ahead of its time in that it mounted on the dovetail, but finding one is near impossible, so I decided a red dot would be the way to go. (The gun is way too small to look right with a modern 1" tube scope.)

Here it is with an Ultradot 25.


This is a tube fed gun with a mag capacity of about 10, or so the specs say, but I could only stuff in 8. Oh, well.

Marlin 60s have always had a rep for good accuracy, and this version is no exception. Here's my worst group to best group at 50 yards. Might have done better with a scope, but not bad for an ultralight little 22 auto.



Bill did about the same with the little gun. We both liked it. Really is a fun little shooter as most semi autos 22s are. Nice change of pace from the bolt and lever guns.

Did get some FTEs with SV ammo, but most brands of HV did fine. One of these days I will break it down and clean and probably replace a few worn parts, but, for now, will take it out and shoot it. Hey, it's a Marlin and that's all the excuse I needed to take it home.

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Old 06-12-2015, 05:52 PM   #2
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That is a beauty! And a great shooter. I bet is would feel at home with and old 3/4 inch Weaver on it. Or better yet get a Lyman All-Weather Alaskan. That would really make it look like a WWII M1 Carbine.
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Old 06-12-2015, 07:31 PM   #3
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Yeah, I may just scope it, yet. Have an old Bushnell Custom Classic 4x tat would do the trick.
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Old 06-12-2015, 07:37 PM   #4
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Very nice looking NCG!

How long have you had it?

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Great little gun find again. It is a good thing you don't attract puppies the same way you do firearms. You would need a kennel license.
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Old 01-25-2018, 06:34 PM   #6
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99M1 basket case

I bought one a few years ago for $65 that someone had attempted to make look even more like a M1 carbine. They filed a dovetail across the 3/8" dovetail so they could put in an actual M1 carbine rear sight but it had no sight, the front sight had been removed and a carbine front sight with the wings was just pushed on and not fastened in any way. The stock comb had been sanded down and a metal butt plate had been put on in place of the plastic Marlin one. The trigger guard had been modified by hacksawing the rear at the rear screw so that it kind of worked like a M1 garand where it was held in at the rear by the piece they cut off and glued to the stock. It was missing the inner magazine tube and the front screw for the trigger guard and the inner captive nut that it screwed into. I have since acquired a new magazine tube and trigger guard and ordered the screw and nut from Nurmrich which should be here in a couple days. I got a 1" Millet red dot in a Lot of scopes I bought at auction so I mounted it.

I happened on this thread because I was looking for a pic of a 99M1 to show my son what I was working on and one of the images that came up was yours which is almost exactly what mine will look like as well.

I will post a picture of it here when I get it all put together and since this is an older thread, I hope you are still around to see the final product.
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Old 01-26-2018, 06:45 AM   #7
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I'm still around (okay, stop in once in awhile), though the gun is not. Was able to sell it and make a little profit in the process. Would love to see yours when it's done, though.
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Got the last couple parts I needed to get my basket case put together. In the picture on top is the 99M1 with no serial # that my mom bought new back in the '60s and has been in the family since then. The bottom one is the basket case I bought and put back into at least shooting condition. I put a Millet 1" dot sight on it that I bought in a lot of scopes at an auction. I will try and get out in the next day or so and get it sighted in and post pics of that as well.

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Trying pics again.



I didn't realize that photobucket had started to charge for sharing pictures. Had to look for another service.

Now to the range report... it was abysmal. I don't know if it was because it hadn't been cleaned in I have no idea how long (although I tried lubing it up before going out) but I was having terrible failure to feed problems.

For some reason the bullet was either coming in too high and hitting the chamber or too low, I couldn't figure out in the short time I was attempting to shoot it. I gave up after trying 10 rounds and never got a second shot to go. Decided to come home and detail clean it to see if that would help.

There is always something. LOL
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Besides the obvious, a good cleaning and inspection of the receiver, bolt, and recoil spring. I would try a different batch of ammo. It has been my experience that semi auto rifles tend to like at least high velocity.
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As Seabee says, do give it a thorough cleaning and that includes getting into the action. A local retired gunsmith and friend of mine, says he loved buying used Model 60s (same action as yours) for a song because they no longer worked. He'd then clean the action, which usually solved the problem, and would then sell the Model 60s for a nice little profit. Apparently the Marlin action was prone to clogging up. Might have to take off one of the action side plates to really give the action a good cleaning. Best of luck.

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Took the action out of the frame to do a thorough cleaning and the first thing I noticed was that the buffer at the rear of the action was broken just short of falling all to pieces. So things will be on hold until I can get a replacement buffer. While cleaning I did a little testing and it seems that the rounds are popping lose from the feed assembly before the case is captured by the bolt. If so I will probably have to upgrade the feed ramp.

Oh the joys of tinkering with old guns. LOL
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What a great little 22 ! NCG.

I have a Marlin Glenfield 22 model 75 that looks exactly like that minus the the M1 barrel cover wood. Same short loading tube and all, it's a 10 rounder with one in the chamber and 9 in the tube. It was my first real gun as a kid. Still have it and it still shoots great. It has the JM stamp made in the early 70's.
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Nice little guns, put a UTG 3x9 on mine.Bug scope.
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