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Bob58 09-30-2019 02:12 PM

Help purchasing 39A for shooter
 
I've wanted a Marlin 39 since I was about 13 years old (that would have been 1960). I'd like to finally buy one before I get too old to shoot.

I'd like to be able to fire any modern .22 LR ammunition in it, so my understanding is that I should not purchase one of the older model 39s. Is any Marlin 39, with a letter suffix (such as 39A or 39D) OK for use with all modern .22 LR ammo?

I'd like to mount a peep sight on the rear, and have a hooded front sight that 'matches' the rear peep. (I'm a paper puncher, not a hunter.) Which of the model 39s have capability for mounting a rear peep sight?

Can anyone give me advice on where I should look to find a used 39A or other model? I did an internet search, but this came up with only out-of-date Armslist listings. I'm located near Wichita, Kansas, and would be willing to drive up to 300 miles or so of Wichita in order to purchase one.

Last question - how much should I expect to pay?

Thanks for taking the time to read this, and for any help you can offer.

Bob58

WalnutBill22 09-30-2019 03:09 PM

Bob, I would go to Gunbroker.com and see what's available. They usually have at least 30-40 Model 39s listed at prices that range from very reasonable to a bit ridiculous. Yes, any of them made since 1939 (that's when the 39A came into being) should be fine with any normal .22 ammo, including high velocity. The M39A is by far the most common and reasonably priced, and it generally comes with a pistol grip stock and 24 inch barrel. I prefer the ones made before the cross-bolt safety was introduced (1988), but they are all good. You might want to avoid one made after about 2006 when Marlin was taken over by Remington. Some were quite good but others were not.
Carefully read and study any photos and don't hesitate to send any questions you may have to the seller (you will have to register to do this, but it's easy). You should be able to find a nice one for roughly $450 to $600, and all you have to do is find a dealer who will order it for you. You should expect to pay him a small handling fee.
Best of luck with your search. The Model 39/39A is a true classic in every sense, and will give you much pleasure.

bbush 09-30-2019 03:27 PM

Yes^^^^^^^


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bbush 09-30-2019 03:36 PM

The only thing I can add is IF you wanted to look it over and handle it in person, and since you are in Wichita, Tulsa is less than 200 mi. They have one of ( if not the ) biggest gun shows in the Country. Just a thought.


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STEEL SHOOTER 09-30-2019 03:47 PM

39A
 
Good luck on your quest. Keep in mind they are not designed to be shot from a bench easily. Once you find one you won't be disappointed.

alro41 09-30-2019 09:09 PM

I'd like to be able to fire any modern .22 LR ammunition in it, so my understanding is that I should not purchase one of the older model 39s. Is any Marlin 39, with a letter suffix (such as 39A or 39D) OK for use with all modern .22 LR ammo?

Yes.

I'd like to mount a peep sight on the rear, and have a hooded front sight that 'matches' the rear peep. (I'm a paper puncher, not a hunter.) Which of the model 39s have capability for mounting a rear peep sight?

They all do if you select the correct sight. Using a couple of screws on the left side of the receiver. Lyman 57R sticks in my mind, but could well be wrong. Maybe one of the Williams sights also, but the correct Lyman just looks right

Last question - how much should I expect to pay?

Depends on condition and local demand - say $400 to $600.

Tomcat21 09-30-2019 09:43 PM

Here's one on GUnbroker for $495. 1951 "P" Nut rifle (brass plate under grip cap, you could have initials engraved). I have the identical Model 39A.

Seller's description:

This is a used Marlin model 39A for sale chambered in 22 LR. The barrel length is 24 inches long and this was manufactured in 1951. The bore is in excellent condition. The finish on the barrel is in very good shape with some minor wear. The finish on the receiver is in good shape with a scratch on the left. The magazine tube is in fair to good shape with spots of wear. The forend and butt stock are in great shape with some light wear. The butt plate is in good shape with no cracks or splits. There is no box or papers. This item is for sale in my retail store and could be sold while the ad is active. Please ask for more pictures is needed. NO CC Fees Layaway Terms: 60 days with 20% down non-refundable after 30 days. ***We do respond to messages within a few minutes to 12 hours depending on the time of day. If you do not receive our response please check spam or feel free to call us at seven8one3three1one1five1*** Shipping charges for this item depend on distance traveled from my store.

https://www.gunbroker.com/item/835395826

1894cfan 09-30-2019 11:34 PM

Bob58, If you can, try to hold out for one made in the '70s. It's one of the best ones and has a slim forend. I have one made in '48 that has the fat forend and one made in '77 that has the slim one, to me the slim one just feels better, plus if you want later you can mount a scope on it. BTW, the '48 39A came with a Lyman 66 peep sight when I bought it about 7 years ago. HTH

Gizzy 10-01-2019 12:10 AM

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Originally Posted by 1894cfan (Post 11624645)
Bob58, If you can, try to hold out for one made in the '70s. It's one of the best ones and has a slim forend. I have one made in '48 that has the fat forend and one made in '77 that has the slim one, to me the slim one just feels better, plus if you want later you can mount a scope on it. BTW, the '48 39A came with a Lyman 66 peep sight when I bought it about 7 years ago. HTH

Depends on what you like. I prefer the wide forearmed 39A over the slim ones.

jstanfield103 10-01-2019 07:55 AM

All pretty good advice. I find that I take the sight hood off the front sight. It dims the sight so much that I have a hard time seeing the front sight very well.

STRUGL4X'SC 10-02-2019 12:42 PM

Looks by your other post like your buying a 1951 39A, that is great, glad you are going for it after all those years. Enjoy every minute of it, you will not be disappointed.

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DaveInDenver 10-02-2019 04:17 PM

My 39a from 1959 was purchased in Wichita. Got it not long ago.. had not been shot in 30yrs. Cleaned out the cobwebs and gave it a hot meal of CCI/SV. SV ammo was normal in that era so I'll not shoot HV's in my vintage family gun. Cycles great and shoots better than I can aim it. It's still hungry. Intend to vary its diet with some CCI/CB-Longs just for kicks.

edspdog 10-02-2019 07:28 PM

39a
 
Get a 9422, :D

A square 10 10-02-2019 08:23 PM

you will love the 39a

M2HB 10-02-2019 08:32 PM

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Originally Posted by A square 10 (Post 11626501)
you will love the 39a

I agree.

Every rimfire enthusiast should own one.


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