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The Marlin 39 Club

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by AStone, Mar 11, 2007.

  1. Blkhrt13

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    I can’t find a serial number on my 39a Golden Mountie. But it was the first rifle I was ever given. I used to shoot pine cones out of trees with it when I was far enough in the country I knew I couldn’t drop a bullet on someone. I was 12.
     
  2. Blkhrt13

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    I still have it. I need to oil it up good.
     
  3. chicharrones

    chicharrones needs more ammo

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    Under the lever, on the tang, inside the receiver?
     
  4. Blkhrt13

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    Under the lever. Now I need to figure out how to age it.
     
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  5. Blkhrt13

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    Well that was fast. AC=1967.
     
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  6. chicharrones

    chicharrones needs more ammo

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    Sounds like a very good year. :)
     
  7. Blkhrt13

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    Shoots swell. In my youth I pulled some amazing shots with it. I put a scope on it right before 22lr got scarce. I need to get some bulk ammo and go to burning.
     
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  8. tucker62305

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    Just picked up a new Marlin 1895SBL and it reminded me I had this old 39 in the back of the gun safe. Star marked, S prior to serial number so assuming 1920s manufacture. Inherited from my father who inherited it from my grandfather. Original finish, not too bad considering how many squirrels and rabbits it has met over the years, rifling is in decent shape. Any ideas on value for one in this condition? Definitely have no desire to sell, just don't think its insured correctly :) IMAG1872.jpg IMAG1873.jpg IMAG1874.jpg IMAG1875.jpg IMAG1876.jpg IMAG1877.jpg IMAG1878.jpg View attachment 774515
     
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  9. chicharrones

    chicharrones needs more ammo

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    I don't know the value, but that is a really nice rifle. Welcome to THR. :cool:
     
  10. Picher

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    Not and oldie, wasn't really a goodie, but after some adjustments, functional and kinda pretty.
     

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  11. johnmcl

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    Hi all,

    I had a smallbore match rifle out for testing last weekend, and just for grins brought my youngest 39A along for the ride. After a couple of targets for zeroing, I pumped 10 rounds at 50 yards off the bench into the attached target.

    This was more than a little revealing about the accuracy of this rifle. The ammo was SK Rifle. I'm getting the itch for a 39A postal match.

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  12. Irish Bird Dog

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    Really nice group! But not really unexpected for most 39A rifles folks have posted about on here. Accuracy seems to be inherent in them....as your rifle shows.
     
  13. CryptKeeper5

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    My Dad worked in the firearms identification division of the California state crime lab back in the early 70's. I was only 7 when he traded a S&W .38special to some rancher he'd help identify a poacher for(via recovered slugs), near where we lived...for my Mod39A.

    I had been shooting the S&W mod 36 kit gun he'd bought but this was my first rifle. He mounted a 2x Weaver scope on it for me and that was the beginning of a life long passion for hunting and competitive shooting. I have taught all four of my now adult kids to shoot with it and my grandson will also learn to shoot using one of my most valued possessions. Still very accurate, and have always referred to it as my "Squirrel sniper rifle"!lol!

    Marlin39A.jpg MarlinID.jpg MarlinSerial1.jpg S&W34.jpg I still have the mod 34 as well! I was at my fathers and he was showing me the new K22 masterpiece he'd just bought when I asked what he'd done with it. He said "Oh, I still have it in the safe". I was shocked. I hadn't seen it in 40 years...figured he'd long ago traded it. Being incredulous he kinda laughed and said "If I'd had known you'd wanted it, I'd have given it to you years ago" because after I had my little rifle I kinda gave up on the pistol!Lol!
     
  14. Irish Bird Dog

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    Great Story! Nice guns. Lucky grandson who gets to use the family M39A with his grandpa!
     
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    These are my "shooters". Winchester- browning- henry- ithaca and Marlin. Just run of the mill nothing special models. Of course the bottom is a 39as. It was 350ish at an estate auction a couple years back. (After buyer fee and transfer I figure I'm under 400) Has a safety and rebounding hammer, long round barrel so it's nothing rare as far as I know. Just a good squirrel gun. Good to very good condition I'd say but I'm no appraiser, it needed a good cleaning but with 22 ammo that can happen quickly
    13 is the date code so I've read its a 1987.

    That same auction sold close to 75 leverguns. The cheapest was a single shot ithaca, I bid 50 on it no idea what it went for. The highest was a 7k winchester 32-20. A few golden spikes and a few more rare collectables.
     
  16. CryptKeeper5

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    He also has his 3 year old eyes on my old MGB as well!lol!

    That's OK too...

    Yeah I'd get rid of all but about 4 of my firearms without too much heartache and both of those pictured take up two of those spots.

    Much more than simply "lock stock and barrel" to me. That 39A and I spent a LOT of quality time together after school growing up in Wyoming.
     
  17. Bat Rastard

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    What a delightful thread! Forgive me for just jumping in here without reading it in it's entirety.

    My 39 story:

    I have wanted one since I was a boy. I am 53. I cannot explain not having bought one. I bought everything else!

    15-20 years ago my wife and I started a tradition of buying our nephews a gun if they got their Eagle Scout award. We had the pleasure of getting two of them m39s. Two others opted for shotguns. Availability of m39s was sketchy for a time and I took the opportunity to get one years ago for the last and youngest nephew. Several years went by. The rifle sat in my safe unfired.
    That nephew did not get his Eagle. I got the rifle!

    I was sad he didn't get the Eagle, and happy I got the rifle!
    Does that make me a bad person?
     
  18. shooter1niner

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    good plan you had there Bat...
     
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    image.jpeg Not bad shootin for an 11 year old boy using 67 year old rifle. His favorite rifle has quickly become PawPaw's 1952 Marlin 39.
     
  20. johnmcl

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    Tentwing, is that not the picture of life? Wonderful, and thank you for sharing.
     
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  21. bannockburn

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    Great story! Glad to hear you were reunited with your Model 34! Would have loved to have had a Marlin 39 (really liked the 39A Mountie), but never got around to getting one. My first rifle was a Ruger 10/22 (still have it too), and after seeing how accurate it was with iron sights I had to put a scope on it. Went out and bought a Weaver K2.5 and mounted it myself. A sweet shooting combination as is the S&W Model 34 that I picked up 7 or 8 years ago for my wife (her first gun).

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  22. HOWARD J

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    My first 39A (1951) lasted many 1000's of rds. before the 2 piece extractor broke--I made the spring out of a steel ruler. Works fine. Two years ago my sister passed & I was given a 39A that was fired on one hunting trip only. The one piece extractor broke after a few rds. Must be a Remington model. I got a new one from Marlin/Remington----time will tell.
     
  23. ChanceMcCall

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    1951 39A - Peanut
    1965 39M
    1971 39D

    Still looking for a chromed set of squirrels.
     
  24. Tentwing

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    Johnmcl, the man upstairs has giving more blessings than any man could ever earn..... The 11 year old in the earlier post take great delight in making a Dr Pepper can dance.

    His 9 years cousin is learning on the same rifle, but unlike his older cousin he hasn't been bitten by the lever action bug . The 9 year old seems to like the model 60 semi auto better. When teaching them I like that levers and bolt actions make them take time to aim and think about each shot.
     
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