34. Extremely Rare Marlin MC-58 Marine Corps-Shipped M1 Garand Trainer Trials Rifle

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serial #1, 22 LR, 24" micro groove barrel with a bright excellent bore. This is an extremely interesting and extremely rare rifle. It is one of only five manufactured by the Marlin Firearms Company in an attempt to garner a contract with the United States Marine Corps for a 22 training rifle which closely resembled the M1 Garand rifle in look and feel.The basic action is the Marlin 89C, this set into a very nicely custom-constructed walnut stock which very closely resembles the profile, feel and weight of the M1 Garand rifle. There was a front and top handguard added, two barrel bands and a sighting system which very closely mimicked the M1 Garand in sight picture and in its adjustments. The rifle retains about 95-97% original factory parkerizing, the loss due to some minor handling marks in the metal ahead of the forend and a few very light, superficial handling marks and scratches atop the receiver. The stock itself rates very good plus with scattered light dings and handling marks, with the Marlin trademark "bull's-eye" of course, inset along the toeline. In 1956 the Marines sent letters out to a number of firearms companies inviting them to submit test rifles which the Corps was considering utilizing as a training aid, prior to live fire with actual M1 Garand rifles. The 10 basic characteristics the Corps needed in the rifle were: rifle must be semiautomatic; must have a 10 round detachable box magazine; rifle must be stocked to simulate to the U.S. Rifle M1 caliber 30; stock must be equipped to take military style 1 1/4" inch sling; sights must present the same sight picture as the M1 rifle and be adjustable for both windage and elevation; windage and elevation adjustments must be similar to that of the M1 rifle; rifle must have a positive, easily operated manual safety; rifle must operate with a minimum of malfunctions under numerous conditions and be capable of firing 1000 rounds with a minimum of malfunctions; rifle must be able to use standard velocity ammunition; manufacturer must be able to ensure spare parts for replacement. Marlin submitted five rifles, they were tested by the Corps and returned with 13 deficiencies they felt Marlin could easily rectify. The rifles were modified as necessary and a second test was conducted at Quantico, this time with fewer malfunctions but with some failures to feed. The guns were returned by Marlin to Quantico a third time and evidently performed well as in April 1958, Marlin was invited to bid on a 3000 rifle semi-automatic training rifle contract; the bid was not accepted and no contract for production was ever offered. It would seem as the Marines did not adopt any of the training rifle's submitted by any of the manufacturers and in September 1958 the United States Marine Corps accepted from Marlin the five training rifles that were on loan to the Corps. This rifle is discussed and pictured in Colonel Brophy's monumental work Marlin Firearms; a copy of the book is included. The book further states "It has been reported that some of them (the five rifles) were sold by the Corps and are now in the collecting world."; Obviously. This is the very first example of those five, serial numbered "1" atop the silver soldered handguard mount at the front of the receiver and on the underside of the barrel just to the front of its junction with the receiver. While military trainers are a collectible commodity themselves, especially Marine Corps-used trainers, this arm is a singular rarity in itself amongst military and M1 Garand collectors. It is not likely this arm is to reappear on the secondary market again for many many years and is an excellent opportunity for the advanced military or M-1 Garand collector to obtain an extremely rare "one-of-five" Garand trainers. (38568-1) {C&R} (6000/8000) SOLD FOR $8,625.00

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