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Old 02-24-2018, 10:56 AM
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I was given a M39a for work done for a friend. I did not ask for payment but I was taught not to dishonor a gift. The rear stock was broken and an attempt to repair is as shown in photos. The open rear sight was beaten to an unusable condition. The rifle had been refinished and the lettering on the barrel is almost gone. The barrel had been drilled and tapped for a scope mount (not factory because holes were of different depths). Finish on stock was a heavy brush applied varnish. In short a project to restore.
I stripped the stock, reblued with cold blue, removed the rear sight, installed a Williams Fool Proof receiver sight, filled the holes in the barrel with screws (6X40).
The rifle was made in 1955 and the screws for the receiver sight were rusted in tight. It took a week soaking in Kroil oil and drilling to remove the screws. This was the most difficult part trying not to damage the screw threads. The rifle shoots a reasonable group. My next decision is to replace the rear stock. The damaged stock is usable as is. The rifle will never be a collector piece due to items mentioned above.

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Old 02-24-2018, 02:38 PM
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Old 02-24-2018, 11:37 PM
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39a's are made for shooting. Clean her up and have some fun. Try some J b bore paste in the barrel it might clean up the group.
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Old 02-25-2018, 12:56 PM
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Old 02-25-2018, 06:31 PM
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Old 02-26-2018, 02:12 AM
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I recently picked up a 1955 39A, straight stock, with a 20 inch barrel.
The lettering on the barrel looks just like yours and I feel sure it was never redone.
It also has the barrel tapped for a scope mount, so was probably sold thru Sears or another major retailer at that time. I have not removed the screws to see if the depths are the same.


It needed some repair, broken butt plate, and the bulls eye was missing. It has some pitting on the outside of the barrel, soaked in Kroil, removed rust, then cold blued. Inside is excellent, bore is shiny and bright and feels like a new gun working the action, not much wear.
Has been so cold, windy and snow that I only fired it 5 times on the way home to see if everything worked OK. Can't wait to put a few hundred rounds down the barrel.
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Old 02-28-2018, 06:40 AM
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Sighted in at range yesterday. With new Williams FP receiver sight at 25 yards and using Blazer ammo the group was about 3/4 inch. Today I will give it a good bore scrub and next week check it for group.
As to lettering being very faint, do any M39a owners have rifles in this condition. I usually can determine if a firearm has been refinished if the lettering does not have raised edges. Almost all manufactures roll stamp the lettering which leaves lettering with raised lettering.
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