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The Marlin 39 Club

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by AStone, Mar 11, 2007.

  1. AStone

    AStone Well-Known Member

    Nice shot! You're a fine story teller, Frank.

    Mine? No, still in storage on the west coast where I left it in June, 2010. It's been a rough 2 years; things didn't work out at all like I'd planned. I'd hoped to have it - and my others (336, 65, 642) - shipped here in less than a year.

    Oh, well, life is what happens when you're making plans.

    Things are looking up, though. I hope to see it before year's end.
  2. casecolor

    casecolor Member

    Well my 39m that I bought off gunbroker a couple weeks ago arived at the shop a few days ago, and the stock is broke in two:(, so I wrote to the seller and he said he will coved the cost of a replacement stock, ( must have broke while being shipped ) so that was darn nice of him, and make's me feel better about the deal. Still I kind of wanted it to all be original wood to the rifle but thats how it gose sometomes.

    So when I pick it up from the shop with the new stock I will get some pictures up, wonder if the stock will match the forearm? guess will see.
    FastFrank,cool story about shooting the longrange crow!
  3. AStone

    AStone Well-Known Member

    Case, you're lucky the seller is so kind - wow, that's impressive. But I can understand your disappointment. Original furniture is valued.

    I'd be concerned also with the stock matching the fore end.
  4. habbiefun

    habbiefun New Member

    thanks for the info guys
  5. CB900F

    CB900F Well-Known Member


    Please ask your seller where they're planning on obtaining the replacement original wood. I'm also looking for, at the very lease, an original replacement buttstock. Although I'd rather have a matched set with the perchbelly forend.

  6. casecolor

    casecolor Member

    Hi CB900F, yes I will ask the gunshop where they got the replacement stock from, I wont be able to pick it up for a couple more week's, work schedual right now pretty much taking up all my time, but cant wait to see it agin!
  7. AStone

    AStone Well-Known Member

    CB, "perchbelly" is a new word for me.

    Is that really what they're called, or did you make it up?

    Either is fine - not being critical at all - just curious.

    Trying to picture what that looks like. I kinda see it (I used to fish for bream.)

  8. CB900F

    CB900F Well-Known Member


    I've heard it called that, on this thread too I think. Pity is, I can find all kinds of places that want to sell me custom stocks for my 39 that needs one, but either original replacements or made to original specs are dammed hard to find. I'd like to get a fairly plain straight-grained walnut set in the just post WWII style. You know, no white line spacers, no bullseyes, and the larger forend. You wouldn't think it'd be too hard. Hah!

    I'd found a 1964 that had been abused as a child, and have been bringing it back to good condition. However, it has obviously mis-matched wood & the buttstock doesn't fit at all well, it's equally obviously off another gun. Therefore the desire to rectify the situation & do it in just post war style I like.

  9. bergmen

    bergmen Member.

    The stock I show on mine (post #3886) is a Marlin stock my gunsmith found and fitted to my rifle. I don't know where he found it but it really dresses the rifle up.

  10. kimberkid

    kimberkid Well-Known Member

    Numrich is your friend ... they have a couple walnut stock listed.


    I picked up an 1949 39A at a garage sale for $50 that needed a barrel, found a 20" Century Limited model on eBay, cut down the feed tube and installed it but the forend wouldn't fit. I found a Century limited forend on Numrich and was able to complete the project ... I stripped the stock and they came out pretty close, its my favorite 39

    It's pictured a few pages back but here it is again;

  11. trished

    trished New Member

    Marlin 39 Century Limited

    I'm new to the club hope I don't make a mistake. Here goes. MY father-in-law gave me the captioned rifle in 1973. It is new, never been fired. In doing some research I found a picture of the rifle which had a brass plate on the stock saying "39 Century Ltd. 100 marlin years". He had purchased it from an employee of Marlin. Can anyone offer an opinion as to why my rifle is missing this plate and how may it effect its value. I was also told that the serial number was 75. Can anyone help.
  12. dfariswheel

    dfariswheel Well-Known Member

    The rifle may have been one sold to a Marlin employee, either because it had a cosmetic defect that they didn't want to sell, or because they simply gave employees the option to buy rifles.
    Possibly the commemorative plate was never put on to start with because the rifle was not to be sold to the public.

    The serial number should be stamped on the top of the receiver tang.
    If it's stamped just "75" then that's the serial number.

    Whether all this would make the rifle more or less valuable is hard to say.
    It might be more valuable because it was an employee sales rifle, but in order for that, you'd need documentation stating that it was. The lack of the plate and the low serial number might be a wash per value.

    So, without some provenance listing it as a rifle sold by a Marlin employee, value is uncertain.
  13. trished

    trished New Member

    Marlin 39 Century Limited

    I found the serial #0075 on the receiver tang as you suggested. Thanks. I also have the document signed by the President of Marlin to the employee presenting the matched pair serial #75 Commeratives but not the 39 Century Limited.
  14. Marlin Model 39

    Hi, I'm new to this sort of thing (computer talking), so please be gentle with me. I have the opportunity to acquire a Model 39 serial # HS 403. I have been able to determine that this model was made between 1932 (it has a steel bead on the front sight as opposed to ivory) and 1936 (the advent of the model 39 A)
    Would appreciate it if someone could help me to place a fair value on it so that I can make an offer. As found condition, I,m not looking to sell or make a profit off of this rifle, as it will remain in my collection. Any help?

    Attached Files:

  15. dfariswheel

    dfariswheel Well-Known Member

    Value is assigned by the amount of original factory finish remaining, and on it being in original factory configuration.
    These rifles originally had color case hardened receivers and blued barrel and parts

    Note that the HS serial number prefix indicates the rifle was made to fire modern High Speed ammo, but I wouldn't shoot the hot "Stinger" types.

    The Blue Book will be low due to publisher lead time, and lagging estimates of market prices, so these prices will be on the low side.
    The front chapters of the Blue Book have an excellent tutorial on how to grade a firearm. This is available at most better book sellers in the gun books section. It's a massive paperback:

  16. jherk

    jherk New Member

    marlin 39 carbine , golden model 39 carbine

    I had these guns for awhile now and noticed the golden 39 carbine in the box has a hammer spur and sling swivels, the standard 39 carbine has none. both have the 3/4 mag tube and tapered barrel,AA prefix man. in 1965
    Any help is appreciated
    Thanks, John

    PS The box for the "golden" end label is marked "golden modle 39 carbine"
  17. dfariswheel

    dfariswheel Well-Known Member

    The Golden Model 39 Carbine was made from 1963 to 1967.
    It had a 3/4 magazine tube and a light barrel.
    Otherwise it was similar to the 39M.

    Marlin made 9,695 of them.
  18. bergmen

    bergmen Member.

    My original post apparently was too old to edit out the Webshots links.

  19. rdefabri

    rdefabri Member

    Hi all - new here. Getting back in the game after about a 15 year layoff (kids, work, etc). Have bought and sold a few guns over the years, but kept the .22 rifle my Dad taught me to shoot on.

    Turns out it's a Marlin Golden 39A. Never thought much of it, but as I'm in NJ, having the tube magazine is really nice.

    What's vexing me is the serial number - it's a 1961 model - the U is clearly stamped under the lever, but the number is "259", which seems like a low number compared to some of the other serial numbers I've seen.

    The gun is in very good shape, but I'm thinking of selling as I'm not a fan of lever action. From what I can tell, it's probably worth $300-500 - any thoughts?
  20. Fast Frank

    Fast Frank Well-Known Member


    Yeah. Selling the gun your dad gave you to learn to shoot with would be a big mistake.

    It can never be replaced.

    Oh yeah, you can buy one just like it, but it's not the same.

    Keep it. Some day, you can give it to your kids and tell them about how your dad gave it to you.

    Besides, it's a Marlin 39.

    It's a great little rifle and fun to shoot.

    The three or five hundred dollars that the rifle is worth is nothing when compared to a lifetime of memories.

    Look at the second post on page two of this thread, and you will see where I'm coming from.

    And welcome to the 39 club.

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