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Old 08-28-2021, 09:33 PM
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Childhood Being Relived-acquired 39 like my first rifle



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I recently traded for a Marlin 39 which is identical to the one my dad bought me when I was 14. I'm now 75 years old.

I made the mistake of trading it, when I was 18, for a Browning bottom eject rifle which I still have. A very good rifle and very accurate. I got $60 in trade for my 39.

Attached is a picture, before below and after.



When I got it the stock had a finish on it that was some kind of a varnish that looked terrible. I scraped it off, sanded it down to 400 grit, stained it with Watco Dark Walnut and at the moment have seven coats of Tru Oil on it. I partially assembled it so I could take this picture.

The rifle is in very good shape, action is very tight and bore is good. Shoots well.

I grew up on a farm in northwest Iowa and my dad and I shot all the time, mostly informal plinking.

My best friend from high school and I shot and hunted all the time. He now lives in Missouri and I live in northwest Montana. In a week we will be getting together at a long range shoot in Ekalaka, Montana where we will be shooting 22 LR out to 400 yards (not with the 39's - he has one also) but rather CPA (Stevens 44 1/2 replicas) and black powder cartridge out to 850 yards.

Really looking forward to this shoot with my old friend.
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Old 08-28-2021, 10:57 PM
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Very nice. Those rifles of our youth are the best ones in our lifetime!
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Old 08-28-2021, 11:04 PM
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Cool rifle, great story,have fun shooting with your friend,enjoy the shooting sports every day.

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Old 08-28-2021, 11:15 PM
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Very nice

Now , if yould throw in that first real girlfriend, first nice car, first good bottle of wine, and fit into those first tight jeans, that would be something else
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Nice rifle, just Beautiful. Congratulations and thanks for sharing.

But now I want to see the SA-22 Browning that you got in the trade to complete the story.
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Nice Marlin! Great story also.
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I'm lucky! I still have the first one my dad bought me when I was about 6-7 years old, back in 1952, a 39a. I am also 75 years old. Glad I never got rid of it, and actually over the last few years managed to acquire a couple of nice Mountie models. I do like the stock style of those earlier 39 models, wishing Marlin had stayed with that stock design.
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Old 08-29-2021, 11:17 AM
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Congratulations on finding that old rifle. It is a beauty.

That Browning SA-22 you described is also an excellent rifle. In my humble opinion, the SA-22 is the best semi auto 22lr field rifle ever made. The Marlin 39 and 39A is also a top of the line lever action 22. Being the granddaddy of the 22 lever action rifles, they are real jewels.

You have a great combination of 22 rifles. Enjoy.
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Old 08-29-2021, 11:47 AM
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Nice rifle, just Beautiful. Congratulations and thanks for sharing.

But now I want to see the SA-22 Browning that you got in the trade to complete the story.
I don't regret getting the Browning, just trading the 39 for it.

My dad also had the same Browning which is why I got one. Both his and mine were very accurate.

It needs some work as it occasionally feeds two rounds when it is fired and jams.

I'll post a picture of it soon.
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This is all very interesting for me. I'm about the exact same age, and my Dad was a farmer and buying guns was not on his radar screen. My Grandpa's rifle was a Winchester model 67A single shot bolt action.

I will correct this post. My Dad and my 2 Uncles bought the Winchester for my Grandpa, and my Dad did buy me a Daisy Red Ryder BB gun for my birthday.

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I don't regret getting the Browning, just trading the 39 for it.

My dad also had the same Browning which is why I got one. Both his and mine were very accurate.

It needs some work as it occasionally feeds two rounds when it is fired and jams.

I'll post a picture of it soon.
I know this thread is about your 39, but as far as your double feed SA maybe tour cartridge stop has some dirt in one of the 2 holes or it's worn out. also maybe your cartridge guide spring needs replaced. Love your 39. I have a real nice 1897 pretty much the same as your 39 and shoot it often.
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As an almost 75-year old myself........I fully embrace the need to acquire those firearms from our early years.

And WHY NOT???

Well done!
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Great looking 39. I have my grandfathers. It is a prized possession for sure. Wish I had my first Springfield back ..... that help pay for the first car..... which led to other firsts, but none can replace that first big rifle and the story that went with it.
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Old 09-05-2021, 08:20 PM
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i would have loved one of those as my first , but im settling for them late in life , congrats , great looking acquisition ,
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