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    1953 Straight Stock 39A

    I have a "K" prefix 39A that I have had since 1974; it has a straight stock. I don't think it's a Mountie - it has a long barrel with a full-length magazine tube and a forend cap/no barrel band. My question is - did this rifle have any particular designation when it was new, or was it just a 39A with a straight stock?

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    Re: 1953 Straight Stock 39A

    I believe you would have a first year Mountie there. Yep, we want pics too!

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    Re: 1953 Straight Stock 39A

    I will try to get some pictures posted - my son or daughter will have to help out. They are my technical support team.

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    Re: 1953 Straight Stock 39A

    the first year Mountie had the longer 24" barrel; the forearm should also be thinner, and ~taper to the end cap dimension.

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    Re: 1953 Straight Stock 39A

    The forearm on my rifle is pretty full-sized, but not like some 39A rifles I have seen from the 50's or like the 336 rifles I have from this era. The forearms on the 336RC and 336A rifles I have could almost be called beavertail style.

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    Re: 1953 Straight Stock 39A

    I saw a picture of a "K" prefix 39A with pistol grip stock on GunBroker today; my rifle definitely has a slimmer forearm. What year did Marlin start making the 39A with a straight grip? And was it designated as a Mountie in the beginning? My rifle has a round end on the lever loop istead of the squared version.

    When I was in the 5th grade, back about 1960, I checked a book out of the library that was about guns - may have also been about camping, hunting, etc. I can remember the last page was an illustration of various types of .22 rifles, and one of them was a Marlin Mountie and I thought it was the neatest .22 rifle I had ever seen. My older brother had just gotten an "as new" Winchester 94 from the local hardware store and I thought that Mountie would be just right for me - even if it did take a few years.

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    Re: 1953 Straight Stock 39A

    Hi Cedar Creek. 1953 is when Marlin started making the Mountie. K is the prefix for 1953. The first year they had 24” barrels. The 1953 catalog said they were 20” barrels but pictured a 24” barrel. They were first marked “Mountie” in 1957 when Marlin put “Golden 39A Mountie” on the barrel. The square lever came in 1974. In 1973, Marlin changed the designation to 39M. All Mounties and Ms are straight griped. Hope this helps clear up some of your questions.

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    Re: 1953 Straight Stock 39A

    Thanks! I always wondered about my rifle since I got it in '74 or '75. I have owned it now for over half its life and have shot it a BUNCH and hunted with it a lot. It spent a lot of time hanging in a saddle scabbard behind the seat of my truck and has been down Mountain Fork, Glover River, and Little River here in Oklahoma several times in a jon boat or canoe, so I guess it is just about to get broken in.

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    Re: 1953 Straight Stock 39A

    And if you ever decide to sell that old 39A you know where to find me!

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