One of Marlin's lesser-known .22 rimfires, the Model 38, built from c. 1920-1930. It is a slight variation on the earlier Model 32. This is the octagon barrel version with a very quick takedown; you slide what appears to be a tang safety backwards a little and you instantly have half a rifle in each hand. And that's probably why I own this example. At a 2006 auction the front half appeared in a cardboard box with seven or eight old SW, H&R, and Iver Johnson revolvers -- project or parts guns. Sixty-five bucks bought all, and then, three weeks ago, Marlin serendipity batted her lovely eyes. A fellow I know delivered a complete back half. I doubt this one is likely to be for sale. Some things just look right, feel right, shoot right. You keep them -- gun, horse, truck,or woman. :)
The gun content here is a little thin, but it occurred to me that I could conceal some running gear on this Walnut whazis with a once-fired Ma Deuce empty, trimmed to specifications deemed field expedient.
It was a special order from a little girl I know. Merry Christmas.