Just wanted to get everyone's opinion on what I've been told is a 1953 year Marlin 39A. Given that year that would be a ballard rifled 39A correct? I believe the first year was 1954 for microgroove. Any feedback on the older ballard rifled Marlin 39A's? The seller wants $575 for it but I asked if he would take $500 for it, if I feel the condition is worth it (I haven't looked at it yet). He said he would. These have been going up in value and this seems to be a good deal to me, what say you? I'm typically a Winchester guy, but know a good design when I see one and the Marlins are great rifles. I've been on the lookout for a 39A to go along with my 9422.