Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by AStone, Mar 11, 2007.
60 or 61. K is 53 and L is 54 each year advances a year. Just my guess.
I have a 1968 39A Golden in near new condition. I picked it up from a very close friends collection. It has only been fired 12 times sense new. I will post some pictures soon. I purchased a new Leopold scope for it also. I have also been looking at a Skinner peep site. The rifle is fantastic looking and shows the workmanship that we all love. This is my first post and very happy to learn and be apart of the group. Thanks
This is one of many pictures of my 1968 golden 39A. The scope is just on there. I haven't had any time to get to the range yet
The second 39A, a Deluxe model was not so hot, but it was pretty and had a pistol grip. It may have been put-together by a hung-over guy or perhaps, just before a labor strike. The iron sights weren't at 12:00 on the barrel, the receiver top was not even close to 90 degrees from the sides, a fact that I never noticed until after mounting a Williams 5D receiver sight. There were other problems, but the extractor wasn't great, so there were lots of jams. Did I mention that it was a pretty "girl"? It was, and it shot pretty well too.
That one's quite unusual in my experience. Wouldn't it be interesting to know the particulars as to how it came to be in a box in such poor shape from the factory?
1951 39A Peanut
1981 39M Mountie
1973 39M OCTAGON
1970 39 Century
A table full of envy.
My first experience with a 39 was from a friends Mountie. He loaned it to me, so I could clean it for him, as I am a gun guy and he was older. Well I fired it some and cleaned it and returned it. That was 13-14 years ago.
Fast forward to now. I purchased a 39AS. I had some problems with it. It would lock the bolt and lever solid upon firing. Not every time, but often with some ammo and never with some. I did some tinkering and much research and have it repaired now.
I also have converted the rifle from a safety model to the older 39A configuration by installing an older hammer and trigger, and making a safety delete plug. The hammer and trigger dropped in no problem and offer a clean and perfect 3.5 or maybe 4 pound trigger pull. With the original spring, it pinched the rim of the casing too much, enough so it caught on the cartridge guide. I replaced it with a reduced power 336 spring, which my research shows is the correct weight for a 39A. The safety, I bought a spare and cut a groove in it for the roll pin to set in, then faced each side down until it was flush when installed. I did this with my dremel and a drill, as I don't have a lathe. Had it blued and installed it.
The 39 has a certain something other guns don't. It has a feel of quality, of craftsmanship, a pride of ownership, that other rimfires and many centerfires don't.
I will teach my son to shoot with it when he is old enough, and likely pass it to him one day.... or maybe buy him his own. I wouldn't want to be without one.
Thanks for all the information contained here in this 39 club thread and for having me.
I seen peanut referenced before, what does that mean?
I'm very jealous of that rifle! I went into the local sporting goods store in the 90's and they had one for sale. I asked to see it and the salesman told me I was too young to afford the rifle and would not show it to me. I ran to the bank to get the money to buy it and it was sold by the time I returned. I was so mad, but did show my money to the salesman and his manager. Anyways, the TDS has always been the one that got away....
Enjoy that rifle and hope your son loves it when he is grown a bit!
Several years ago, I bought the same model that you have and think it was made just before a labor strike, because it was a royal MESS! The scope mount screw holes in the receiver were drilled out of line; the receiver top was not 90 degrees from the sides, the iron sights were off-plumb by several degrees, and the extractor didn't work well. However, on the good side, it was a pretty rifle, like yours. I finally decided that it had to find a new home, so sold it at a gun show, complete with the Williams 5D sight I installed and heartily recommend.
I remember those days with my boys
Now they are all grown up and have guns of their own
That's neat. Is there any after market grip caps available with the peanut? I'm considering skinnying the forearm and I'll have to refinish the stock to match. So km thinking on dropping the grip cap as it's gaudy.
Interesting. I learned something there. If I ever have to replace the pin on my 39AS, I hope I remember that thread.
Well the next part of my story is I am at a gun show about 5 or so years ago and on a table there lays a 1970 model just like I had. No wood, and it had been in a fire. I bought it for $100 also, but of course far from new. I checked it over and the fire had damaged the wood to the point where the guy had discarded it. The heavy octagon barrel, receiver, and bolt seem to be OK as well as the outer magazine tube. My plan is to bead blast and duracoat the metal. I will replace springs. I bought new wood and have it nearly fitted. Bought new springs, then I became ill, and have been unable to get back to finishing the project. One thing after another has taken me to near the end, but I hope to finish that project yet. (I have too many to finish)
So this is my contribution to the Model 39 thread. They are nice little guns, and my friend still has my gun that I sold him way to cheap, and wouldn't sell it back to me years ago even at the good profit I offered him.
I am up into the 60s on the thread now. Best I recall, in the early pages here (could be elsewhere), there was mention made about a loose hammer screw causing misfires. I've experienced that. An odd very intermittent light strike. Checked the hammer pivot and it was loose. Happened twice. Guess I'll have to loctite it.
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