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New (to me) Marlin 39a

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by DF357, Nov 22, 2004.

  1. DF357

    DF357 Well-Known Member

    Just picked up one for my granddaughter. I haven't checked the serial number to establish a date of mfg, but the dealer says its a late 40's model. Great shape for it's age.

    Anyone got any comments on this. I'd like to know as much as possible about it.

    Thanks :)
  2. FPrice

    FPrice Well-Known Member

    The Marlin 39A is a great .22 rifle. The first firearm I ever bought was a 1957 Model 39A with a scope. I bought it used from an Air Force rifle coach in 1971 and still have it. If you post the letter prefix of the serial number I can probably help you confirm the year of manufacture.
  3. JohnBT

    JohnBT Well-Known Member

    You have great taste in rifles. Marlin has been making the basic design for over 100 years. I got my 39-A Mountie in '63.

  4. Skofnung

    Skofnung Well-Known Member

    One of the Best

    My 60's vintage 39A gets more trigger time than any other gun I own. It is just loads of fun. Soon, I am going to get a tang or frame mounted peep sight to go on her... Limb-rats beware!

    I know that some people of shorter stature have a problem with the stock length on my 39A, as it is designed as an adult rifle. I don't know how old (or more importantly, how tall) your granddaughter is, but this may or may not be an issue for you.

    If I had to have only one .22 rifle (what kind of world would that be?) the 39A would be the one. No doubt about it.
  5. Tom C.

    Tom C. Well-Known Member

    My first rifle was a Marlin 39A in 1962. It has seen a lot of use. I put a Redfield receiver sight on it. Spent time in my youth slicking up the action and refinishing the stock. It is very smooth. Haven't really checked it with a scope to see its true potential, but it was always good with iron sights.
  6. DF357

    DF357 Well-Known Member

    The number is N126xx. Any idea on the date ? It has a straight lever... No curve to match a curved stock... as there is no real curve in the stock !!!

  7. FPrice

    FPrice Well-Known Member


    "The number is N126xx. Any idea on the date ?"

    I looked for my guide but could not find it. However, my rifle is a 1957 model and it's letter prefix is "P". So I would guess yours to be from 1955.

    Coincidentally I saw an older Model 39A at my dealers tonight with an "E" prefix. Thatg would be roughly 1945 I think.
  8. DF357

    DF357 Well-Known Member

    Thanks !

    I brought it home, and ran about 25 rounds thru it to make sure it fed,fired and ejected. It did that fine. Too cold today to do much more. But it will get used !
  9. JohnBT

    JohnBT Well-Known Member

    1956, they skipped O.

  10. DF357

    DF357 Well-Known Member

    thanks JT
  11. FPrice

    FPrice Well-Known Member


    "1956, they skipped O."

    Makes sense, too much chance of being confused with a "zero". I WISH I could find the serial number list I copied.
  12. Shane333

    Shane333 Well-Known Member

    I'm glad you got the 39. It's a great rifle. Working the lever is almost as fun as pulling the trigger. Take good care of that rifle and your granddaughter will be able to give it to her granddaughter.
  13. 30Cal

    30Cal Well-Known Member

    Weird. My dad got the one I have as a gift from an Air Force rifle coach (USAFA) in 1968. I wonder if it's the same guy who went around distributing 39A's.

    Mines a Golden 39A Mountie s/n A614XXX. Would that be from the 60's??


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