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The Marlin 39 Club

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

  1. rdefabri

    rdefabri Member

    Thanks - appreciate the welcome! I did read your post, it's awesome that you want to pass on the memories you had with your father to your grand kids.

    My father and I have always been a little less attached to guns - we're not collectors by any stretch, and we do have other non-firearms related pursuits we share (vintage cars, sports memorabilia, etc). Now, if we were talking his .38 S&W snubbie, that would be different. I have very fond memories of shooting that, and I am hoping to make a deal to get it from him! :)

    The nice thing about the 39a is the tubular magazine. NJ has some pretty draconian laws, but this thing can hold a good number of rounds, which makes it particularly desirable in that regard.

    The apparent quality of the weapon can't be ignored, but as I have young daughters, the heft and size would be too much for them to learn on. Was thinking of getting something like the M&P15-22 for that purpose, hence why I considered selling.

    I didn't realize the passion people have for this rifle - it warrants a trip to the range to put it through its paces. Hasn't been used in 30 years, so a nice cleaning is in order. Otherwise, it's in fantastic condition - hardly used.

    Was I wrong about the serial number? Does U259 sound right? That's definitely what it's showing...
  2. dfariswheel

    dfariswheel Well-Known Member

    U" shows as...... "The year of manufacture for U = 1960 (August)-1961".

    Keep the Marlin, you own the finest lever action .22 ever made. It's like owning a Rolls Royce, it doesn't get any better, and yours was made when quality was very high.
  3. CB900F

    CB900F Well-Known Member


    I recognize that you and your father are not deeply invested in the firearms culture & do have other mutual interests. But. What about your children? It's entirely possible that a child of yours would absolutely cherish having a third generation gun passed from grandfather, to father, to them.


    MALTISE New Member

    Just bought a 39A Original Golden need Help

    I don,t know if I am in the right place or even if I can post this here but here goes,please direct me to the right place if I step on any toes.
    I just bought my first 39 A a Original Golden it needs work, and I want to disassemble it. Can someone direct me to where I can buy or download a disassembly guide.
    The Dog:confused:
  5. JustsayMo

    JustsayMo Well-Known Member

    Keep the 39.

    I have a forth generation gun, my Grandfather's Uncle - LE revolver. I have very little interest in it but it has Family History connected to it and I view it has family property, not my own. It probably go to one of my niece's boys, both display an interest and have proven responsible with firearms.

    Luckily one of my cousins ended up with Winchester pump action 22 that was probably the first gun 90% of our family ever shot. It also produced most if not all of the meat my family ate (everything from Cows to Deer raiding the garden) until well into the 1980's. It looks like hell but in our family any one of us would pay many times its street value to have it. Luckily it is in good hands and his grand kids are already carrying on the tradition. Seven generations now...

    Wouldn't it be cool to teach your Grandkids how to shoot with that rifle?
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2012
  6. rdefabri

    rdefabri Member


    I asked them this morning interestingly - they were cool either way. Don't get me wrong, I'm not clamoring to jettison it - I was just taken aback by the value of it. Factor in my limited use and it makes sense to allow someone else to enjoy it.

    Lo and behold - this gun is technically not legal in NJ given the capacity of the mag. I'm not up on the NJ statutes - which are draconian and contradictory - but I don't know if there are any grandfather clauses that allow me to keep it.

    Given that - I'm leaning towards offering it to a better caretaker.

    I don't make this decision lightly...
  7. dfariswheel

    dfariswheel Well-Known Member

    I believe that .22 tube fed rifles are not covered under the law.
    Most states exempted .22 lever rifles.
  8. dfariswheel

    dfariswheel Well-Known Member


    Here's a site with 39-A disassembly instructions.


    I can caution you that reinstalling the fore end cap is a bad situation.
    The screws often just don't want to line up properly and it's common to see 39-A's with the screws cross threaded.
    For that reason, I don't recommend disassembling the fore end and fore end cap unless you absolutely have to.

    The rest of the rifle, magazine tube and action, comes apart with little trouble, EXCEPT for the hammer and main spring. Again, unless you have to, leave the hammer and mainspring in place.

    When reassembling the magazine tube make sure it seats into the receiver. To do this, just insert the tube into the rifle until it stops, then push on the tube as you rotate it until it slips into place.
    You'll know the tube is seated when the small notch in the tube lines up with the hole in the magazine tube ferrule on the barrel.
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2012
  9. rdefabri

    rdefabri Member

    Here's a pic of mine - needs to be cleaned up, but barely used.

    Attached Files:

  10. AStone

    AStone Well-Known Member

    I echo FFrank's opinion in 3916, and Mo's in 3921: keep the 39.

    Way behind reading here. Life is a zoo ... again.
  11. greevestim

    greevestim Active Member

    model 39 question

    Found an M series straight stock (1954) with what appears to be 4 factory holes drilled and tapped for a scope. Looks like a factory job. Could that be correct?
    Firearm is about 95%, a few dings in stock
    Please advise if some had the factory scope holes
    Thankyou all
  12. dfariswheel

    dfariswheel Well-Known Member

    "As far as I know" (note the qualifier) Marlin only drilled two holes in the top of the receiver for scope mounts.

    The only four hole scope mounts I've seen were the old pre-war barrel mounts where four holes were drilled in the left side of the barrel.

    I don't know when Marlin started drilling the 39-A as standard.
  13. greevestim

    greevestim Active Member

    This 1954 edition (M) has four holes on the left side of the barrel and only one hole on the top of the receiver. The four holes were most truly done professionally. The screws have never been removed nor are they buggered up. Seems to me I read in one of the posts on this site some many months ago the the barrel being drilled was a factory option, prior to the receiver having the standard 3 hole configuration..
    Any other ideas?
    Thanks for your earlier response.
  14. greevestim

    greevestim Active Member

    I am not sure if I am answering my own question or not, so I am posting this as a point of interest for those that may be interested.
    I thought I had remembered at some point in time, the factory, that being Marlin had drilled and taped Weaver style N mounts for the barrell.

    Sears sold firearms (Marlin 39A), and for two years, see Brophy's book page 290. The two years were 1954 (mine) and 1955.

    What do you think??

    Thanks Dfariswheel for you response.

  15. kynwatch

    kynwatch Well-Known Member

    I finally got to join the 39a club. I stopped by the LGS and saw a 1977 39a on the rack. Probably paid to much, but I've been looking for one for over a year. I'm now $450 lighter and still happy! Metal condition is 99% and looks gorgeous. Wood has a hole were someone messed up trying to drill for a sling stud. I'll have the local furniture restoration guy fix that after I enjoy it for a few weeks.

    I stopped by the range on the way home and fired a few rounds off. Man it's worth it. Fired 50 rounds at 50 yards and the 10/22 is going bye bye. It might be the nicest trigger I have on any rifle.
  16. chuckles

    chuckles Well-Known Member

    That"extra" hole is probably where the Marlin Bullseye should be. They do fall out every now and then. You can replace them. Do a search here.
  17. Bill Jones

    Bill Jones Active Member

    I bought a Mountie a few weeks ago that was missing the bulls eye. I picked some up from Midway, USA.
  18. JustsayMo

    JustsayMo Well-Known Member

    Welcome Kynwatch!

    I think trading green paper for a fine rifle is always a good deal. Finding one for less may have taken months or years and if you put any value in enjoyment you got a bargain.

    The value of the grin factor memories of a day in the field shooting dirt clods, pine cones, cans... will far outweigh a few bucks you might have had to pay. I'm betting also you wouldn't part with it for $450...

    The question I asked myself once I got my first 39 was, why did I wait so long! Of course that lead to getting more... a TDS, a couple of Mounties, three 39 LTD's and a 1897 Cowboy...

    I'd estimate my 39's have made more trips with me into the woods than all my other long guns combined. The reason, they're just plain fun rifles to pack around and shoot. I LOVE it when the calendar hits September and I can hit the woods with my 39 looking for Grouse. There just aren't many things in this world that are more fun, plus if you are successful, you eat good too.

  19. kynwatch

    kynwatch Well-Known Member

    I'm quite ashamed to admit, but thats what the hole is! I'd completely forgotten about the bullseye. Ordered one from Midway USA. So now that is taken care of I'm very pleased with the price.
  20. dfariswheel

    dfariswheel Well-Known Member


    We're starting to narrow it down.
    My 1950 also has only one hole in the top of the receiver, and that's the screw that retains the upper bullet guide inside.

    So, we know that as of 1954, Marlin was not drilling receivers for scopes.

    As I recall, (again the qualifier) Marlin would drill and tap the side of the barrel as a factory option. I don't think they ever did it as a standard modification.

    Of course, a lot of rifles were drilled by local gunsmiths, and from the look of some of the drilling jobs, a lot were botched up by garage gun owners.

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