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Inherited a Marlin 39, circa 1950s

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Paddy64, Nov 14, 2007.

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  1. Paddy64

    Paddy64 Member

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    Haven't fired it yet, not familiar with it, so allow me to sound like a moron here -- but does a model from this era have a safety, and if so, how does it work?

    Appreciate the help!
     
  2. MrBorland

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    Welcome! My bet is you're gonna get peppered with requests for pics. Just can't see too many 39As :D

    Those old 39A's sure are nice. You're a lucky guy. I have a circa 1964 39A. The safety consists of placing the hammer in the half-cock position.
     
  3. Paddy64

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    Thanks for the welcome and the help!

    Not sure about the date -- I am guessing based on a conversation with my father-in-law, who owned -- took place several years ago, and since he has passed on. I think he said he purchased it in the 1950s.

    Anyway, I will try to get a pic and upload it when I can.

    Thanks again.
     
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    It's got a half-cock safety. Send me a PM and I'll email you a manual.

    And welcome to THR. 'Best if you figure out how to post pics soon....
     
  6. ArchAngelCD

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    That's a great .22 rifle you will be getting. Like said above, you are very lucky. Here is the link to Marlin's Golden 39A page. Enjoy shooting that rifle, I only wish I could get one like that. The old ones are almost impossible to find used and the new ones are too expensive. What to do??!!! LOL
     
  7. Slugless

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    I should have sent a link myself, I had in mind the older, pre-rebounding hammer owner's manual.

    I remembered where to find the link, easier than PM & email

    http://pdf.textfiles.com/manuals/FIREARMS/

    Scroll down to the Marlin_39a39m pdf. It's the correct manual for my 1957 mountie.

    Speaking of Mounties, let us know if it has a straight stock or a pistol grip. Preferably in a pic.

    Why are we clamoring for pics? If you're new to this you may not have heard the term "gun porn". "We want gun porn" is a phrase not unheard in these forums....
     
  8. Paddy64

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    Thanks to all of you for your help. Downloaded the manual and will put a few rounds through the gun before I head out for squirrels.

    I will post a pic when I can --

    Thanks again.
     
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    Thanks!

    Serial number starts with S --

    So it's a 1958-59
     
  11. Jaguar

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    Welcome to the board. You have a great rifle there, I hope you get a lot of enjoyment out of it.

    If you are interested, we are having a little Marlin 39 shootout and you are more than welcome to participate. It is going to end Thanksgiving so you have to act fast, shoot some 3x5 index cards this weekend and send em in. You can find all the details in the Postcard Match Thread.
     
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    I just was lucky enough to find a well used and neglected 1954 a few months ago probably one of the most fun guns to plink with enjoy it
     
  13. Jaguar

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    Where are my manners?

    While I was pushing the Postcard Match like a cheesy sideshow barker, I forgot to invite you over to The Marlin 39 Club. If you have any question about the Marlin 39 even if you haven't thought if it yet, you can either find, or will soon learn the answer there.

    And vnepilot, you are welcome to join the Postcard Match as well.

    Regards,
    Jeff
     
  14. Ivy Mike

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    so its Marlin porn you want huh? I don't know if thats legal here in the states.
    Oh well, laws be damned. ;)

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  15. Slugless

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    Ooooh, gun porn.

    She's a mature one, alright. I'd sure like to...okay, I'd better stop right there. There's a whole string of funny stuff going through my head and none of it's high road, it's all bar ditch.

    But thanks, I've never seen a 39 before.
     
  16. jhansman

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    You are lucky, brother. One of the best, if not the best .22 leverguns ever made. Have fun!
     
  17. CajunBass

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    Here's mine. Not as old as the others, but just as good. I got this one about 1982 or so. What a great rifle. I wanted it because it feels like a "real" rifle. A lot of 22's feel like toys to me.

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    Like an idiot I thought about trading it a couple of years ago. I'm glad the guy offered me next to nothing for it. NEVER again. This one the kids can have when I'm gone.

    (Pay no attention to that Ruger box. I had just bought a 10/22 and was taking pictures of it, and realized I didn't have one of my 39-A.)
     
  18. Slugless

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    CB,

    I was still recoiling in horror at the Ruger box when I read your explanation. You're excused.

    I know what you mean about the toy-like other rifles. I wanted a lever .22 after shooting my friend's 39A. I thought I'd get something different from him and Browning makes excellent guns. So I bought a BL-22. Great rifle, very well made, very accurate, the short lever throw sold me. But after a while I realized it was too toy-like and had to go spend another $250 to get a used Mountie.

    Paddy, mine's a 1957, so we almost have littermates :)
     
  19. CajunBass

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    I'd never cared for the standard 10/22 because to me it just feels small and light, and I don't care for the barrel band. (I know, you can take it off, but just seeing it there kept me from wanting one.) Then I saw the "Wally World Special 10/22." It's like a different rifle, so I got one for my wife. She loves it. (I admit that if she puts it down, I will shoot it. :D )

    I'm an old coot though. I'll stick to the 39-A. :D
     
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    Bought mine new in 1955. Cost 60 bucks which was a lot of money back then. Great shooter and was made before someone got the idea to put the god awful gold colored trigger on'em.
     
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    You now own one of the finest rifles ever made, enjoy it, take care of it and you'll likey pass it on to another generation as well.
     
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    What is the difference between a 39 and 39A?
     
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    Age.
     
  24. Baba Louie

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    Round barrel (from Octagonal), rifling change, sights, flat main & trigger springs became coil... stuff like that.
     
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