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Old 10-01-2019, 08:36 PM
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Thanks to all who posted in response to my request for help in purchasing a Marlin 39A.

Special thanks to Tomcat21, who posted a link to a used 1951 vintage 39A. That gun should be on its way to me now.

So the question this time is what quality steel peep sights are available to mount on a 1951 39A? I have done some internet search, and have read that the steel Redfield peep sights probably have the best performance (minimum backlash). Can anyone verify this? Are there others that are better?

Are there dealers who specialize in older used peep sights that would work? Part of the appeal of this gun for me is its age, and I wouldn't mind mounting an older peep sight on it.

Thanks again. Although I don't post much on Rimfire Central, I have read a lot on it, and learned a lot.

Bob H.
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Old 10-01-2019, 09:26 PM
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Steel Lyman 66 . This would be a good one for the period. On the lever guns I have Including 2 , 39s they work and look well . I use the front ramp from Marlin but have replaced the blades with Marbles in a 1/16 inch gold bead and .290 height . This lets the rear sight height overall be closer to the reciever and looks more pleasing to the eye. Good luck in your quest . WJR Add I believe the Marbles blade number is 29 MR if that helps . Got the last 2 , I needed from Brownells . They fit the Marlin front ramp perfect .

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Old 10-01-2019, 09:40 PM
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I love the 1951year 39A. I had two, still have one. Yes I very much recommend a steel redfield reciever sight. The correct one for the rifle is going to be hard to find, and expensive other models will work, some with and some without modifications. Another option is to adapt a Redfield 75 with an adapter that is available, but be careful, the adapters are not perfectly made, and the three I bought all had very little percentage of threads in the hole that the sight screw uses. I will take a few pictures of my three 39A's. The last picture is my 1951. None of those sights are made for a 39A,but they work great and have just enough room between sight and hammer.

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Marlin sight

Is there a tang sight that could be installed?
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Is there a tang sight that could be installed?
Pretty sure that by 1951, 39A's were no longer tapped for tang sights.

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Congrats on your purchase, I recently purchased a 1951 39A and it is becoming one of my favorite shooters. I have a barrel mounted scope on mine that sits nice and low and makes it such a comfortable rifle to shoot. Your gonna love it, enjoy
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Congratulations on the 1951. I have a 1955 Mountie that is an excellent shooter. You will love that rifle and we do need pictures when you get it in. Pictures as you know from reading are a must. I use the Williams peep on mine with the original front sight. Works very well and if you like different size apertures they are easily available.

I do like the looks of those Lyman sights though.
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Old 10-02-2019, 07:41 AM
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The last Redfield for the 39A I saw come up on ebay went for over $200. Steel Lymans go for $120-$200. The newer aluminum Lyman for the 39A is not quite as good but works ok as does the Williams FP. Also some people like the Skinner although they can't be adjusted as precise.
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ANY of the receiver sights available or mentioned will work just fine. It's up to your budget.

It's a 22 levergun that was designed as a "sporting" rifle, not a sub-moa target rifle.

Don't over think it.
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vepr is correct. Not a sub moa rifle. But for me and my aging eye sight they are great for steel plates and an occasional squirrel.
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Steel Lyman 66 . This would be a good one for the period. On the lever guns I have Including 2 , 39s they work and look well . I use the front ramp from Marlin but have replaced the blades with Marbles in a 1/16 inch gold bead and .290 height . This lets the rear sight height overall be closer to the reciever and looks more pleasing to the eye. Good luck in your quest . WJR Add I believe the Marbles blade number is 29 MR if that helps . Got the last 2 , I needed from Brownells . They fit the Marlin front ramp perfect .
The Marbles 1/16" bead .290 height is my favorite as well. I've got a white bead on both my 39AS & 39A Mounty. Using Williams FP receiver sights w target knobs make Cowboy silhouette a hoot.
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Take care that the receiver peep sight of your choice is actually designated to fit the Marlin 39a, and not just a Marlin levergun.

Sights made for the centerfire Marlin leverguns have a horizontal bar (that holds the aperture) that is too long for the much thinner M-39a receiver.

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Try to get a Merit

I'm a fan of the Lyman because I have a couple, but if I could get a steel Redfield I'd be a fan of those. But the eye hole...the part that makes it all work...I'd suggest the Merit adjustable aperture. My quick scan of the web indicates they may be out of production, but the first thing my Father did in 1960 was replace the Lyman peep with an adjustable Merit on his 39A. They are out there and well worth the price.
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