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Old 08-06-2021, 11:04 AM
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I'm new to the forum and joined because I've been a Marlin lever rimfire guy ever since my dad gave me my first rifle, a Marlin 39M Mountie in 1976. Here are a few pics of my current Marlins. I gave the 39M to my oldest son. It's still in mint condition, but not pictured here.
From top to bottom:
  • 39 Carbine
  • 39D
  • 39A
  • 39 w/ HS prefix s/n from the mid-late 1920s, all original & immaculate

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Old 08-06-2021, 11:07 AM
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Here's a pic of the 39M just before I gave it to my son last summer.
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Old 08-06-2021, 11:21 AM
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Nice stable of 39 s

Handsome and loved!
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Old 08-06-2021, 11:24 AM
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Old 08-06-2021, 12:50 PM
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Welcome to the forum! Very nice collection of Marlins!
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Welcome to the forum! Some nice Marlin 39 rifles there.
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Welcome to the forum. Wow nice 39 collection. I especially love the 39 HS. They just seem to be the perfect lever action 22s.
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Welcome to the forum. Wow nice 39 collection. I especially love the 39 HS. They just seem to be the perfect lever action 22s.
Agreed, it stands out even among the greats. only thing that could make the original more beautiful is an early crescent buttplate.

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Old 08-06-2021, 06:22 PM
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Welcome to the forum. Wow nice 39 collection. I especially love the 39 HS. They just seem to be the perfect lever action 22s.
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Agreed, it stands out even among the greats. only thing that could make the original more beautiful is an early crescent buttplate.

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Thanks, I agree, that rifle quickly became my favorite of all rifles I own, rimfire & centerfire combined. It feels like an extension of my body when I shoot it.
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Old 08-06-2021, 09:03 PM
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I have the 1897 version made in 1902. Almost the same as your 39HS. Except has a straight stock and have to shoot standard vel. ammo. also it has a lyman tang sight. I did like you had to do remove the rear sight. Mine also has the old style magazine tube. Always keep my fingers crossed that it holds together. Pure joy to shoot.
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Welcome to the forum from the great state of Kentucky. You will fit in perfectly.
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Old 08-08-2021, 12:03 PM
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Welcome to the forum from the great state of Kentucky. You will fit in perfectly.
I'm not quite sure what you meant on the rear sight, but I removed it because I think it looks better with the rear sight removed when the rifle has a tang sight. I actually replaced the tang peep sight that came on it. It had a vintage Lyman tang sight that was only adjustable for elevation and it was shooting 1&1/2" right at 25 yards. I didn't want to have to tap the front sight since it was perfectly centered on the barrel, so I ordered a Marble Arms tang sight with both elevation and windage adjustments.

I kept both the Lyman and the original Marlin rear sight and they will stay with the rifle if I ever decide to give it to one of my kids or grandkids.

thanks for all the nice "welcomes"

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Jertex:

I think you will find your HS Marlin 39, if all original and unaltered, was made in 1938.

The 1938 year's production (the last year for the Model 39) is uniquely identifiable by the 'modern' style magazine tube
where the inner tube slips in & out of the fixed outer tube. (to become standard on all new Model 39a's).

No more worrying about the old-style mag tube self-destructing!

1938 is the only production year for Model 39's that I know of that can be accurately determined.

It can be identified at a distance since the magazine tube support ring is located a handful of inches behind the muzzle rather
than just behind the muzzle like all previous Model 1892, 92, 1897, 97, and Model 39.
(This location would become standard on all future Model 39a's.)

You will also be able to see the brass colored inner tube thru the loading port when viewed from below.

The other 'tell' for a 1938-year rifle is a unique butt-plate design.
There will be 7 sets of horizontal grooves with no "Marlin" logos.

I suspect your HS serial number will be in the 3500 range or lower!
Although assembled last in the overall HS run, they typically have the lowest serial numbers.

My guess is that the HS receivers were all produced and put into a bin and used in a roughly first-in-last-out order.

Like all HS series rifles, it will have the high-speed (heavier-duty) bolt.

Because of these features, my opinion is the 1938 production year is the pick of the litter for Model 39's!

Good luck with your collection of 39's and 39a's!

Don

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Old 08-08-2021, 02:59 PM
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Wow, nice collection.

Those will last several lifetimes.
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Old 08-08-2021, 06:05 PM
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Jertex:

I think you will find your HS Marlin 39, if all original and unaltered, was made in 1938.

The 1938 year's production (the last year for the Model 39) is uniquely identifiable by the 'modern' style magazine tube
where the inner tube slips in & out of the fixed outer tube. (to become standard on all new Model 39a's).

No more worrying about the old-style mag tube self-destructing!

1938 is the only production year for Model 39's that I know of that can be accurately determined.

It can be identified at a distance since the magazine tube support ring is located a handful of inches behind the muzzle rather
than just behind the muzzle like all previous Model 1892, 92, 1897, 97, and Model 39.
(This location would become standard on all future Model 39a's.)

You will also be able to see the brass colored inner tube thru the loading port when viewed from below.

The other 'tell' for a 1938-year rifle is a unique butt-plate design.
There will be 7 sets of horizontal grooves with no "Marlin" logos.

I suspect your HS serial number will be in the 3500 range or lower!
Although assembled last in the overall HS run, they typically have the lowest serial numbers.

My guess is that the HS receivers were all produced and put into a bin and used in a roughly first-in-last-out order.

Like all HS series rifles, it will have the high-speed (heavier-duty) bolt.

Because of these features, my opinion is the 1938 production year is the pick of the litter for Model 39's!

Good luck with your collection of 39's and 39a's!

Don
Yep, 7 sets of horizontal lines


Yep, the brass inner tube is clearly visible, but the S/N is HS38XX, so close, but 300 higher than the 3500 range.

This is great information and it sounds like I happened upon the best year unaware. I thought I may have overpaid for it, but it's rare to find one that looks this good that, as far as I can tell, is all original (plus the prices have skyrocketed for these over the last 1&1/2 years that I've owned it. The case coloring has some kind of lacquer smeared on it, I assume to protect it, at least I've read that this is/was a common practice. I'd like to clean the lacquer off but I've been hesitant to do it simply because I've never done this before. Here's a better pic of the 39 before I removed the Lyman sight and installed the Marbles sight.


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