Youth model firearms

Anyone have any idea as to when youth model firearms came into being?

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That’s a damn good question. I know Winchester offered youth models in the 1960’s, but I don’t know anything about youth guns beyond that.

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Id say the 39A by Marlin. Started around 1890 I think.

Edit: Was called the Marlin 1891 in .22lr

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Do you know if it was specifically marketed as a youth gun?

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I’m just tossing that out as it was Anne Oakley’s favorite and she started shooting shows in 1875ish before it’s original release.

She used lots of guns, but didn’t believe in using a cheap one. I’d would imagine the manufactures back then would latch into that and her age to start a marketing scheme of some kind.

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