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    Old marlin 39

    I have what I have been told as a very old 39 high grade.I have no clue on these guns, and would love some info.It is a model 39 no prefix no S 4 didgit serial # 15XX has a moon shaped butt, metal plate,Pistol grip Walnut stock with checkering with leaf pattern woven in and out of the checkering.Octagon barrel and was obviously case hardened on the reciever, the feed tube slides over instead of in the tube and does not come out and is spring loaded will try to down load pics. any info would be of great help.I have not found the 39 with this stock design or moon shape butt plate and it is throwing me a curve. <img src="http://www.myhostedpics.com/images/vanmedic/marlin.jpg" alt="image hosting by http://www.myhostedpics.com/" /><img src="http://www.myhostedpics.com/images/v...c/marlin2.jpg" alt="image hosting by http://www.myhostedpics.com/" /><img src="http://www.myhostedpics.com/images/v...c/marlin3.jpg" alt="image hosting by http://www.myhostedpics.com/" />

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    Re: Old marlin 39

    It is a custom rifle and a nice one. Might be a Factory custom, might be a post factory rework. In any event, this is one rifle that needs to stay out of the field. I used to work at a large gunshop on NM where we dealt in such rifles and it is typical of the genre of custom rifle that a person might order a century ago. If it was engraved, you would have a really more telling picture as good engravers' work from that period is relatively easy to identify. I'm not so sure about custom wood work.Are you sure it's a Model 39? How is the barrel marked?~Andrew

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    Re: Old marlin 39

    No prefix letter, with round bbl is a first variation 39a made in 1939 your serial number indicates the number of the gun produced at that time.

    The wood work indicates a fancy grade, as the first variation was smooth wood.

    The next variation in 1940 had a round lever and round pistol grip yours has what is referred to as a S shape pistol grip.
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    Re: Old marlin 39

    Quote Originally Posted by swany
    No prefix letter, with round bbl is a first variation 39a made in 1939 your serial number indicates the number of the gun produced at that time.

    The wood work indicates a fancy grade, as the first variation was smooth wood.

    The next variation in 1940 had a round lever and round pistol grip yours has what is referred to as a S shape pistol grip.
    This is marked marlin model 39 behind the hammer on strap, it is not an A the gun dealer that offered me an substantial sum for it, stated it was an early original 39 and thought it was a special order gun.he stated by the serial # it was near 1922 best he could tell,but this is quite an unusual gun and it makes it a little more difficult to figue out. I really apprtiate any help you all offer.Thanks

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    Re: Old marlin 39

    Hey Vanmedic,

    hehehe I was cruising one of my other favorite sites and saw your gun.

    http://texasguntrader.com/index.php?a=2&b=32377

    Later,

    Person

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    Re: Old marlin 39

    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew
    How is the barrel marked?~Andrew
    what does the roll stamp marking on the barrel say? What length is the barrel? Should be a 24" octagon barrel for an early 39 (only length they offered). The checkering looks to be the Marlin No. 10 (or variation), that was usually paired with the grape leaf engraving.
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    Re: Old marlin 39

    Quote Originally Posted by vanmedic
    Quote Originally Posted by swany
    No prefix letter, with round bbl is a first variation 39a made in 1939 your serial number indicates the number of the gun produced at that time.

    The wood work indicates a fancy grade, as the first variation was smooth wood.

    The next variation in 1940 had a round lever and round pistol grip yours has what is referred to as a S shape pistol grip.
    This is marked marlin model 39 behind the hammer on strap, it is not an A the gun dealer that offered me an substantial sum for it, stated it was an early original 39 and thought it was a special order gun.he stated by the serial # it was near 1922 best he could tell,but this is quite an unusual gun and it makes it a little more difficult to figue out. I really apprtiate any help you all offer.Thanks
    I do believe what you are saying and being marked Marlin model 39 makes it a 1939 much as the model 36 is 1936.

    This is the reason I said 39A.
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    Re: Old marlin 39

    the first post says an octagon barrel not round though...
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    Re: Old marlin 39

    So I'm eating some crow today, it don't taste bad and I learned something.

    1921 first year for the model 39, if it shoots keep it. If not fix it until it does shoot.
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    Re: Old marlin 39

    Marlin's custom shop was closed before WW1 and didn't open until 1946, post WW2. The Model 39 was basically a deluxe 1897, without the checkering. It looks like someone took a deluxe 1897 stock (based on the buttplate) and did some checkering, then put it on the rifle. It's definitely not factory. The M39 was only offered one way, without options, including the standard hard rubber buttplate.

    It's not a bad looking rifle, so enjoy it.



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