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Old December 14, 2008, 11:13 PM   #1851
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ok earler i posted about my 1968 but i was reading the code wrong and now i need your help to find what year it is.

it is a 39a
it does not say microgrove on the barrel
it has a 24 inch tapered barrel
it is drilled for tang sights
ramped front sight.
it has pistol grip, with the cap that has the brown u, and the white spacer
the buttpate does not have a white space or it is missing.

serial # is H 175** i think or it is H L75**
I am thinking it is H 175** because i would not think they would split Up the letters

please help me and also what tang sights will fit it.
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Old December 15, 2008, 06:58 AM   #1852
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CJ,

This link, http://oldguns.net/sn_php/marlinlookup.php, shows your 39A being made in 1951. With Marlins, you only need the first letter of your serial number to determine the manufacturing date.

I think your tang sight holes were put in after market. What's the center to center distance? There aren't that many tang sights made these days, so maybe we can narrow it down quickly.

I'm really interested in your tapered barrel. How about showing us a photo, please?
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Old December 15, 2008, 06:59 AM   #1853
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CJ,

This link, http://oldguns.net/sn_php/marlinlookup.php, shows your 39A being made in 1951. With Marlins, you only need the first letter of your serial number to determine the manufacturing date.

I think your tang sight holes were put in after market. What's the center to center distance? There aren't that many tang sights made these days, so maybe we can narrow it down quickly.

I'm really interested in your tapered barrel. How about showing us a photo, please?
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Old December 15, 2008, 07:53 AM   #1854
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The center to center is a little over 1 inch.

The barrel is straight going through the front stock and then tapers to the end.

I am looking at Marble's Tang Peep Sight but they are kinda pricy.

I will get some photos when i get back from school.
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Old December 15, 2008, 06:34 PM   #1855
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Here are the photos that you were looking for.
the barrel goes from a little under 1 inch to a little over .5 inches.

When i was looking around the gun the serial # in the lower tang is H 175## and the serial # on the inside of the receiver where you put the 2 parts together is 75##, they are the same just the one on the inside of the receiver is missing the 1







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Old December 17, 2008, 11:36 AM   #1856
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I want to join. My 39A is a '81 model with a weaver k4 scope. I got it new for christmas that year I was 14. Lived in the country and shoot almost everyday, I wish I had a nickel for every round through it. It still shoots puppy feet holes at 50yds.
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Old December 17, 2008, 12:45 PM   #1857
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Welcome to the Club Big Slam - from another newbie... I have not yet shot my 1979 39A yet

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Old December 18, 2008, 02:00 AM   #1858
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Imagine a hypothetical futuristic scenario.

You can only carry one handgun
(OK, maybe two. For me: 65 + 642.)

You get one long gun to take small game
(which in said scenario, goes extinct less quickly
than large [like elk] or medium-sized [like deer] game).

Which long gun would you choose, and why?

Yes, this is an essay question.
Dang essays.

My answer?

Marlin 39A in .22 (short, long & long rifle)
with a barrel cut down to 18" - 20".

Why? Because it's easy to carry,
fast to point, lighter, good enough ballistics
(with modern ammo) to take small game at reasonable range.

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Old December 18, 2008, 09:19 AM   #1859
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Cjbecker, Ok, the two most forward holes in your tang are definitely after-market The Marble tang sight base you need is # 991021 (http://www.marblearms.com/improvedPeepTang_info.html ) By the way, the requried center to center distance appears to be 2.185 in. Do me a favor, CJ, remeasure. Your reported distance looks short to me when I look at your photos.

Your barrel is normal. I measured both of my 39As and they are are 0.83 in just forward of the forearm and 0.70 at the crown. This is a good question if Marlin 39A ever is a Jeopardy topic.

Bentonville, I've been looking around, dude, and I can't find your part. Have you considered ordering a full sight assembly? You could replace yours until your part's found.

All, gentlemen, we need more 39A pictures!
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Old December 18, 2008, 09:47 AM   #1860
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John, the distance is exactly 1.125. The marble sight that fits the old style 39a has a distance of 1.125. I ordered this http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpag...eitemid=112775 it is made for the old version and has a distance of 1.125
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Old December 19, 2008, 09:04 AM   #1861
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CJ,

*oops*. In doing research for you I had in mind a '71 and not a '51. Well, I was only off by 20 years.

Best of luck with the Marble. Please make sure and report back on how it works out.

I recently installed a Skinner peep sight on the old 39A. I really like how that works out. The hard part, of course, is keeping the front sight focused as opposed to the target. The Skinner sight doesn't adjust easily for distance, hence the interest in how your Marble works out.
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Old December 19, 2008, 09:37 AM   #1862
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i will defiantly report back. I would like to join the club.
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Old December 23, 2008, 01:26 PM   #1863
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New Member Question

I am considering a Marlin 39A and am looking at a Henry H001 too. The Henry is about $200 less. Why should I buy the 39A?
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Old December 23, 2008, 01:44 PM   #1864
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Hey Jim,

The comparisons between the 39A and the Henry rifle have been well hammered out in previous threads. I recommend you scan through this thread for how 39A owners feel about their rifles. The other threads will give you insight into the enhanced feel of the 39s over the Henrys. To find those threads use the Search function in the above toolbar.

My recommendation is to buy the 39A and rest easy knowing your grandkids will be shooting your rifle.

Welcome to THR and let us know when you get your 39A.
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Old December 26, 2008, 04:58 PM   #1865
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johnmcl, Thanks

Thank you for looking johnmcl. Guys like you are not too common, I think. I posted on RimfireCentral and another nice guy sent me one that is the correct dimension lenght and width. It is still a tad high and the gun just shoots dead on without a rear sight elevator so I have one now to put on it if I have to sell it but I will just use it without. I did consider purchasing a rear sight from Marlin but I would probably have to replace the front sight too and I didn't want to get into changing out original equipment. I love this gun. It is so smooth. My sons went out with me today to fire a variety of longguns and they really enjoyed my 39A. It is so beautiful too.
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Old December 26, 2008, 10:15 PM   #1866
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G'Jim, welcome in.
I agree with John, of course.

Henries seem to be good rifles. I've only held one, not shot, let alone owned one. Their owners like them a lot. I've read little bad about them, and I've forgotten what that was. However, in terms of quality and durability, I put my money on the 39. It only took a couple of minutes of handling it to convince me of it's superior quality.

Perfect rifle? No. I'm quite sure there are better ones. But fine rifle? You bet, and a classic to boot. What's not to love about owning a descendant of Annie Oakley's rifle that she used to shoot cards in half?
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Many thanks to John McL for carrying so many club responsibilities these days.

I'm really not a slacker, just necessarily focused in other directions at the moment relating to my professional life.
(And, I confess, without details, that I've ... been affected in a negative way by certain, shall we say, forum tensions over the last few months, and have opted to spend time away. 'Nuff said.)

Honestly, I'd so love to have several days of range time with my 39, with a brick of ammo composed of Remington Cyclones, Winchester Power Points (both recommended by my smith), and perhaps some others to do some testing, followed by a week in my favorite woodland in the deep desert boonies for some plinking & jack rabbit hunting.

Maybe by spring ...

Keep up the great conversation, all. I drop in on occasion to read, and hope to post when I can. I wish us forum healing.

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Old December 27, 2008, 07:24 AM   #1867
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I found and bought a 1976 39M with box and papers. A few light hunting scratches, bluing is perfect. Bore looks great. It had $550 on the tag, but it took about a month of hemhawing around to finally get it out the door for $375.
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Old December 27, 2008, 11:54 AM   #1868
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rimfirerich get some pics up, and good find.
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Old December 27, 2008, 02:28 PM   #1869
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Fella's;

I'd like to purchase model 39A, late 50's to mid 60's wood, if someone has some they'd like to sell. It needn't be in pristine condition, just not really hacked, cracked, or abused please.

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Old December 28, 2008, 02:13 PM   #1870
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Looking for Marlin 39a Mountie

Greetings: Recently bought new 39a and have been really enjoying it. Now I'm looking for a Mountie. Anyone have one for sale or know of one I'd be interested. Thanks. Kevin
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Old December 29, 2008, 12:08 AM   #1871
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Marlin 39 question

A friend of mine just got her hands on a Marlin model 39 lever action. I have been trying very hard to find out the date of production on it. Also I have been trying to figure if it is a Model 39 39A, 39M, 39AS. She gave me a serial number starting as D14XXX I have tried everything in my power to find this gun and I can't. If anyone has information about this gun that would be helpfull.
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Old December 29, 2008, 01:37 AM   #1872
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D = 1947

Great rifles! Hope to pick up a Mountie soon.

For more info on Marlin 39 dates:
http://www.rimfirecentral.com/forums...d.php?t=126777
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Old December 29, 2008, 09:12 AM   #1873
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Hi guys,

Can someone tell me the weight difference between a 39A and a 39 Mountie? At 6.5 lbs with a 24 inch barrel, the 39A feels a bit on the heavy side.

That's not to say that I hesitated on a recent purchase! I have a 39A (NIB) on its way to me right now! I'm just wondering if the Mountie model comes in a bit lighter.

Thanks!

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Old December 29, 2008, 11:05 AM   #1874
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Emtman, Wow, a 1949 39...

Ok, you have a Model 39A. The rifle was designated a Model 39 through 1938. The micro-groove rifling came along in 1953, so your friend's rifle pre-dates even that. Have no fear on the accuracy though.

http://www.chuckhawks.com/marlin_golden_39A.htm is where I got the above information. There's a ton more of history out on the web. PM me if you need more references.

Marley, Most 39A rifles have a 24 in barrel and pistol grip stocks. The 39M is a 20 in barrel and straight stock configuration.

Pictures, gentlemen, pictures....
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Old December 29, 2008, 11:30 AM   #1875
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Variety - the spice of life?

They say variety is the spice of life. I'd like to add that it can also reinforce one's appreciation of what he has - namely, my 39A Mounties.

I recently acquired a Ruger 10/22 compact - Laminated stock, 16" barrel. Nice little carbine. Shoots pretty well with its preferred ammo - Federal Champion, 40 gr LRN. I'm not an auto-loading enthusiast by any stretch but I will admit that these are fun little rifles.

After a few days of getting familiar with the Ruger I decided to do a little side by side comparison with my Marlin 39A Mountie.

Ergonomics: The Ruger is youth sized so using the factory sights comfortably is a bit of a challenge. The Mountie is better proportioned to an adult. Operation of the Safety and magazine release on the Ruger is easy and intuitive. Less intuitive is the Bolt Lock, it required me to actually to read the manual to understand how to operate it.

Firing: One thing about auto-loaders is that once a shot is fired there is another ready to go right behind it. With the Levergun I can fire a shot and then manually lever one in once I am ready. I found that I needed to consciously slow myself down to get good groups with the 10-22. A little pause and a few breaths relaxes and sharpens the eyes and keeps the Heart Rate down. In the past I've not found I can hit targets any faster with the auto-loaders, though I can miss them faster. A few years back I had a little competition with a young man and his 10-22 vs me and my Mountie and we easily put down the reactive targets ahead of him and with fewer shots even though my rate of fire was slower paced. In terms of practical accuracy the lever is plenty fast to keep up with the sight picture.

Using the 10-22's preferred ammo I was able to exceed the performance of the Ruger using the inexpensive Federal Bulk ammo with my Marlin 39A, and do it consistently. I suspect that the diminutive size, heavier trigger and familiarty played a part in that. Still, the Marlin impressed me and reinforced my appreciation for this fine firearm platform more than 110 years old. Here is a picture of a few of the Ruger's best 10 yard groups with its preferred ammo. With other ammo these groups grow to 1/2" or bigger.




Marlin Mountie 10 yard Group with Federal Bulk, Sitting, unrested with open sights

Other notes: The Ruger weighs in at 4 lb. 9 oz. vs. the Marlin at 5 lb. 14 oz. The 20" barrelled Marlin gets over 70 fps faster out of the Federal Bulk ammo, 25+ fps more out of the Federal Champion ammo and the CCI Mini Mags.

Synopsis: I like the Ruger and it is a fun carbine to play with. I wouldn't trade or give up a 39A to own one but it did renew my appreciation for my 39's.

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