HI: Went to a gun show in Columbia, MO this morning. I saw a brand new Marlin 39A that looked really bad! The walnut stock was gray & really ugly! The wood to metal fit was terrible. What was really bad was the price: $589.00!!!! I saw 2 other pre-safety 39A's at the show. The price on both of them was $495.00. I also saw a Mountie with some stock problems--it appears the stock was cracked so someone installed 2 dowel rods in it to reinforce it. The price on it was also $495.00. WOW!!
Although it does OCCASIONALLY happen, I think the days of going to the gun show in expectation of finding a "deal" are gone! Mostly junk or over priced guns that the sellers price like they are the very last of their kind!
A good inexpensive gun is Like a diamond in the rough to be sure.
But where else can you get free jerky and a good story or two on a saturday morning?
ALSO--You can buy candles, coins and get your knife sharpened!
Well, I went to the gun show in Tulsa Sunday. Picked up a Model 60 for $101. Really good looking rifle. Maybe not really a steal, but, what the heck......It's a Marlin.
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Perhaps not a steal, but a bargain at least. The store that I bought mine at (for $95) now has a used one for $150. The prices have gone up in the last few months, for sure.
1946 Marlin model 39A project (not working yet)
1978 Glenfield model 40 (Marlin model 49DL)
1996 Marlin model 60
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Hey, you can't say that in America!