Two things to look for on the left side of the barrel. Was it made in CT or NY? There might also be a small "JM"stamp on the left side of the barrel near the receiver.
NY gun was made by Remington.
If it was made in CT and it has the JM stamp it was made by Marlin.
Both my XL7 and Guide Gun were made by Marlin.
The change occurred around 2009 (I think).
Last edited by Axelwik; November 13, 2012 at 05:20 PM.