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I bought this gun in Indiana about 3yrs ago from an old gunsmith that was cleaning house and retiring. Not really sure what I have here! I bought it because I was impressed with the engraved stock and excellent overall condition. It works great too!! It"s stamped Revelation Model 120 .22 LR Western Auto with NO SERIAL #. I"ve seen some on line and the stocks are plain compared to this one. The scope doesnt have any name marking at all. Can anyone put a value on this for me? Or does anyone know a little history on this gun? I love it and don"t intend on selling it any time soon but I"d just like to know. I paid $100 from the gunsmith. Did I get a deal or was I robbed?
Your Revalation model 120 is a store brand and number by Western Auto Stores for the Marlin model 60. Yours appears to have the long magazine tube that puts it as an early rifle (before 1985). Yours appears to be in very good condition. The scope has the look of a Tasco or some other lower price scope an would not add a great deal to the price. A new Marlin model 60 is about $169 and there are 10"s of thousands of them around so collector intrest is almost nil. I expect walking around at a gun show you would get someone to give you about $100. Very good shooter, reliable, accurate fun. Tarheel101
This .22 rifle was made by Savage Arms around 1960. It was sold in auto supply stores under the name "Revelation" as a lower priced substitute ffor a Savage. The decoration on the stock is not hand carved, but was stamped there by machine. The $100 you paid was about what these rifles go for at gun shows.
Prior to enactment of the Gun Control Act of 1968, firearms were not required to have serial numbers and many of the less expensive ones, mainly .22"s and shotguns, did not have them. Serial numbering guns costs the manufacturer money, both for the numbering equipment itself and for the record keeping that goes along with it, so makers didn"t apply numbers when they didn"t have to.Guns made before 1968 without serial numbers are perfectly legal; a dealer simply writes "Pre-68, no number" in his records. This is unlike the condition where a serial number has been altered or removed, which is illegal.Jim
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