Wait time for Marlin 39A??????


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joe_kidd
January 23, 2008, 05:30 AM
Went to order a brand new Marlin Golden 39A from my local gun shop today and was told that there is at least a 9 month to ONE YEAR wait on these puppies!
Apparantly Marlin can't produce them fast enough after Winchester stopped making their lever action rimfires. Anyone else experienced an insane wait time? By the way, I'm located in Australia and was told the American market gets preference (which makes sense).
I told the dealer I'd think about it. Now the question is whether to get a Browning BL22 insead, or patiently wait for the Marlin. I'm probably going to get a bolt action in the meantime though (Anschutz 1416D HB or CZ 452 American).

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Nhsport
January 23, 2008, 07:07 AM
Keep an eye out in the local shops . A used gun will have a broken in smoother action and you can pick and choose and wind up with better wood than the luck of the draw of the new gun

JustsayMo
January 23, 2008, 10:23 AM
You'll be well served by the CZ. My 452 American is the most accurate rimfire rifle I have. I'd recommend it highly.

That being said, if I HAD to pick between the CZ and a Marlin 39, I'd take the Marlin. My Marlin 39 is the rifle I shoot and hunt with the most. If there is a more appealing, more practical, more fun or better made 22 rifle out there I'm not aware of it.

I like having both in my safe :D

ArmedBear
January 23, 2008, 12:25 PM
Don't know where you are, but these guys have them in stock:
http://www.discountgunmart.com/

Eightball
January 23, 2008, 01:12 PM
Used ones will have a slicker-than-snot action, if well taken care of.

It does make sense that the US market gets high priority. It's where the majority of the money goes. That being said, it could just be that they have a distributor who isn't placing an order for a while, and is currently out of said firearm. I dunno how it goes outside of the US, but sometimes places don't deal directly with the companies, and that adds significant "wait" time; in an "export" situation, I cannot imagine what all it has to go through to get there.

Slugless
January 23, 2008, 07:40 PM
The BL-22 is a fine rifle. It's very well made and very accurate. Check it to see how well it fits you, first. Some people consider it a little toy-like. If it's too small you may be happier with the bolt action & ordering the Marlin.

I checked out a 39A at the gunshow last weekend. With its weight and balance that rifle just locks in perfect in the standing position. I almost bought it right there even though I have a 39A Mountie and a BL-22.

ArmedBear
January 23, 2008, 07:42 PM
I checked out a 39A at the gunshow last weekend. With its weight and balance that rifle just locks in perfect in the standing position.

My thoughts exactly.

MAKster
January 23, 2008, 07:55 PM
Marlin seems to produce certain models in batches. For example, they might do a run of 1894s in 357 magnum one week and that will be it for the year. Once those rifles are shipped out it will be a long wait til they do another run. I suspect the Model 39s is the same.

3006mv
January 23, 2008, 09:43 PM
If you live in Oz can you get Norincos? They are making a JW-21 in .22lr http://www.marstar.ca/gf-norinco/22-JW-21.shtm not avail in the USA

bofe954
January 23, 2008, 10:14 PM
Call around. The 39A's aren't that rare, but they are kind of high end as far as .22's go. Someone near you has to have one.

edited to add: didn't see you were in Australia, in the US most gunstores have one around...

joe_kidd
January 24, 2008, 05:36 AM
Well with gun laws the way they are here I've already been waiting four months just to get my licence, with another 2 months wait to purchase a gun, so I want to make sure I get something without more waiting on top of that, and above all make sure it's the right gun.

bobsmith
January 25, 2008, 02:57 AM
Can't figure why they don't make the 20" barrel 39A Mountie anymore. There's enough demand for them. You don't see many on Gunsamerica or Gunbroker.

3006mv
January 25, 2008, 10:59 AM
Exactly, this is so confounding, they must not want to make money or something, they could sell a lot more of the shorter Mounties than their current 1 model line I am sure of it. It is obvious why we don't/won't see them being sold by private parties.

Soybomb
January 25, 2008, 11:07 AM
Can't figure why they don't make the 20" barrel 39A Mountie anymore. There's enough demand for them.
The impression I've gotten is that the 39a isn't all that profitable to begin with and is made entirely differently than all the other marlin firearms. If that is the case then I could see why they're not trying to grow that market.

ArmedBear
January 25, 2008, 12:04 PM
The Golden 39A is a well-balanced, grownup-sized gun that weighs 6.5 lb. It's a wonderful practice rifle.

Browning and Henry make little carbines, but the 39A is essentially alone in its niche. I picked up all three and bought the Golden 39A without hesitation; it really has no direct competition.

Perhaps the market for the Mountie is more diluted, with Henry and Browning offering similar rifles. I know what I like and I've been willing to pay for it -- twice so far -- but the basic Henry is half the price a Mountie would be. The 39 is steel, and it's the only takedown rifle among them. Would the people who overpay for POS 10/22's really know the difference enough to make the Mountie profitable, though? Hard to say.

I bought a 35-year-old 39M for 400 bucks recently; it was a bit of a rare variant, but still -- it does go for nearly the price a new one would fetch.

JNewell
January 25, 2008, 08:11 PM
it really has no direct competition

Sadly, true, though that was not always the case.

Dunno how the OP feels, but I'd far rather have a 30- (or 50-, or more) year old 39 that was in good condition than a brand new one.

LT.Diver
January 26, 2008, 05:12 AM
I have a 39-A that I bought used. It was made in 1955 and is near mint. Great shooting, great looking and a great value.

Appsy
January 26, 2008, 06:33 AM
joe_kidd

i think NIOA is the Australian importer you can contact them directly or call QLD Gun exchange they deal with NIOA daily

QLD Exchange (or any gun shop for that matter)can send your rifle to any gun shop in Australia for you to pick up. be warned ask around at gun shops before getting your rifle sent to you via one some charge huge amounts for the paperwork and most will want you to have your permit to acquire ready before the rifle shows up.

And if you do have to wait its WORTH IT!! i have one and will never part with it

Shawnee
January 26, 2008, 08:53 AM
...will echo the comments from "Slugless" - the Browning BL22 is a Fine rifle but you may - or may not - like the way it fits you personally.
Definitely "try before you buy".

Getting the CZ and waiting for the Marlin might be the right approach.

I also agree with those who like the Marlin carbine model best.


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