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Marlin model 39A "Golden"

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by MachIVshooter, Oct 27, 2006.

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  1. MachIVshooter

    MachIVshooter Member

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    Just wondering who might know; I am wondering what differnces there are from the standard 39A to the Golden besides the Gold trigger. I am inclined to thing the lack of checkering on the golden is one diffrence, but the one I just picked up was made in 1976 and I know that Marlin has done many leverguns with smooth stocks over the years, regardless of model.

    As an aside, I did get a very sweet deal on it. The guy was asking $330, but needed some work done on his truck. As a career technician, I get parts at cost. So, I put 4 Monroe Reflex shocks on, new wiper blades and fixed his busted rear washer line. Cost me $142 and an hour of my time, but would have cost him $524 +tax at the shop. Good deal on both ends. I get less than half price on the gun, he saves hundreds on auto repair. I love the barter system!:D

    The rifle is ~95%; one small stock ding and two very faint ~1/2" scrathes on the reciever. I think it spent many, many years on someones closet without much firing. Golden 39A's on GA and GB seem to run $325-$450.

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    Mod's please move this thread. Thought I was in Rifle Country.
     
  2. dfariswheel

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    The only real difference between the 39-A and the "Golden" 39-A is the gold plated trigger and the addition of sling swivels.

    Checkering didn't become standard until the 39-AS of 1994. This is the current model which has a cross-bolt safety and a rebounding hammer.
     
  3. glockcrazyjerry

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    Just the gold trigger is the only differ ? I have a Orig Golden 39A and I do not have a gold trigger. My uncle bought it and passed it on to me so we are the only two people to ever own it. I wonder why mine does not have it ?
     
  4. kbheiner7

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    I just gave the one I received when I turned 8 to my 9-year-old. Very nice rifle, I wish I had two more. One to give my second son and one to keep for myself.
     
  5. Flatfender

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    Some of the Goldens made in the 1980's had blue triggers for a while.
     
  6. yodar

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    39A

    My 1955 39A had a slight bulge in the barrel from an apparent squib I didnt even know about untill I felt it with the cleaning rod 7 patch. It stayed in the closet for decades.

    50 years later I sent it to Marlin to rebarrel and it came back with a Golden 39A barrel mounted. Effectively ruining the value of the rifle...it was to be my gift to my son anyway...The rebarrel by Marlin cost me more than what the rifle cost when new in 55

    yodar
     
  7. moewadle

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    Glockcrazyjerry your gun does

    not have the gold trigger because it is not a Golden 39A. It is simply a 39A which preceded the Golden Model. And about the old price of them, per the posting person who had his re-barreled. I bought one in 1962 at a Navy Base Exchange. It cost something like $67 and the MSRP was about $75. Too bad I gave it away to a brother-in-law in 1976.
     
  8. glockcrazyjerry

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    THe BArrel is stamped orig goldenboy 39a ?
     
  9. yodar

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    39A

    "Marlin Golden 39A"

    I don't recall seeing "Goldenboy"

    YODAR
     
  10. Flatfender

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    Like I said in my earlier post, there were some 39-A's with the "Golden" roll stamp and blued trigger for a couple of years during the early 80's.

    It was a cost cutting measure for Marlin that didn't turn out that well. They soon went back to the gold plated trigger.

    GLOCKCRAZYJERRY - Post the first few numbers/letters of the serial number. Yours should start with 18, 19 or 20.

    A "Goldenboy" is a Henry.
     
  11. joab

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    Yodar's barrel is marked =
    Original Golden-39A with an X added, I assume to denote a factory rebarrel

    The receiver has no markings ,other than a serial # under the lever, to distinguish it from a true Golden
     
  12. FortyFive70

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    I have a Golden 39A with a 2-7X Weaver scope. It has a gold plated trigger, but no gold swivels. Never heard of that.

    BTW, whether it's golden or not, it's a great gun. Mine is a deathray on squirrels.
     
  13. glockcrazyjerry

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    THe first four are 1727. My grandmother actually put it together and gave it to my uncle who then gave it to me. We live in CT and have a couple of relatives who work thier. I will someday pass it to my son.
     
  14. Moondancer

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    Not to highjack the thread, but I have a 39D I bought used in the early 70s. I know they don't make them anymore, anyone have a clue as to what they might be worth? (Not that I'll sell it, I plan on giving it to one of my grandkids in the future.) For those that may not know, 39D is a shorter barreled version with the pistol-gripped stock, take-down screw.
     
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    Value of golden 39a

    I'm curious as to the approximate value of a 1973 golden 39a. I just inherited it from my grandfather, and while I wouldn't sell it for any price, I'm curious. It has two small scratches and one long (3") scratch on the stock. Those were made as the rifle was jostled in the trunk (my wife put some tools in the trunk with it).

    As a side note, I love the accuracy, though the neighboring squirrels don't!
     
  16. yodar

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    My 39A books at $200 in excellent condfiton, Dad bought it for me when I was a kid for less than $100...I found a bullge and sent it to marlin to rebarrel and they charged me $100 and put a golden 39A barrel on it, my rifle has no value now but it is for my son to enjoy

    39D shows $275

    Goldens $600 excellent
     
  17. woof

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    I think those values are way out of date. 39s are very popular and it appears they will be discontinued. More and more people are discovering just how special this rifle is, and the ones before the crossbolt safety bring a premium. The rifle described above would easily sell for $400. If it doesn't, email me.
     
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    I know that gun and would gladly pay $400 for it
     
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    We even started a club to talk about it.

    :)
     
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    what to look for when buying a used 39A?

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  21. yodar

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    39a evaluation

    function, fit, finish and bore condition.

    run a patch thru it, if you feel a "tug" as you stroke it has a bulge

    it happens more often than your realize, their barrel is so strong it withstands bullet in the barrel syndrome and the bulge isnt visible unless you look real close

    yodar
     
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    Before the "Golden" trigger it was just a 39A, in 1954 or thereabouts Marlin began the Micro-grove rifleing before micro-grove it was Ballard.
     
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    Bought a new 39A in 1955. Blued trigger and think the micro-grooving was relatively new at that time. Still a great shooter. Never much cared for the later models with the gold triggers. Sort of like gold trim on a automobile. Think I paid 65 bucks for it back then which sounds cheap by todays pricing but money came hard in that era.
     
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    original golden 39a

    I picked up an original golden 39a for $100. From what I can tell it was manufactured in 1972. What is an orginal golden compared to the golden? And is this a valuable rifle?
     
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