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    1917 Marlin Digger

    Just thought I'd share this because of the rarity of it. I never thought I'd have a Digger kit but sometimes things work out. It was missing a few parts (including the front sight) and the front sight base was broke (I have since repaired it and mounted a new old sight). It's an interesting gun because there were only about 2500 made - it was obsolete shortly after WW1 and production was discontinued. Marlin bought the rights for the 1895 Digger from Colt and began production of them- including a few modifications from the original design - apparently not all parts will interchange and they were made in numerous calibers - this one is .30-06. 20170915_184024.jpg20170915_184014.jpg20170915_183938.jpg

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    That is a great piece of history. Thanks for sharing.
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    Interesting. Never heard of one before. Thanks for posting it.

    Edit: Pic of one I found when looking it up.

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    Interesting rig and nice Canadian ensign... is there a story with the flag? it not a common sight these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lima View Post
    Interesting rig and nice Canadian ensign... is there a story with the flag? it not a common sight these days.
    Agreed I like the old flag and the Potato digger is nice
    We sent some Army Air service version of Marlins to Britain after Dunkirk and they fashioned a crude steel mount for them
    One of our VFW post had one in the 1960/70's as a static display.
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    Good call on the Canadian Ensign - I portray a Canadian Machine Gunner with the 7th Coy - circa 1917 - the Digger is the perfect gun for the CMGC. Of course - so is the Vickers!
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