Trade my 2009 New Haven 39A for a 1971 39M Article II???? Advice Please!
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    Trade my 2009 New Haven 39A for a 1971 39M Article II???? Advice Please!

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    I'm new to MO, but not new to firearms forums or Marlin rifles. The .22 I learned to shoot on was my dad's early 70's 39D. When my grandpa passed, I agreed to let my brother someday inherit dad's 39 and in exchange I got my grandpa's 1936 colt detective. Not a terrible trade, but almost wish I hadn't done it at this point. I told myself some day I'd buy my own 39. Fast forward a couple years, when the news came out about the Remington acquisition and New Haven plant closing, I got on gunbroker and bought a brand new 39A golden, made in New Haven of course. I think I'm all in for less than $500.00. I've shot it a few times, but it remains in like new condition with the original box. I was in my local used gun store today where a lot of wheelin' and dealin' takes place, and the proprietor showed me a very nice Marlin 39M Article II from 1971. It looked absolutely fantastic and it was love at first sight. He has not officially made a deal for it, and therefore I have NO idea whatsoever what I'm going to have to pay for it. I understand about 3,800 of these neat little beauties were made. I'm not in the financial position to outright buy the 39M (or any gun), so I immediately thought of selling my 39A to raise the necessary funds to purchase the 39M. However, in doing some research, its seems these late model 39A's are going for BIG money on Gunbroker, like $700+ in some cases, and some early very nice vintage guns are going for less, which blew my socks off. What I am missing here? I would have thought a limited edition vintage marlin would be a no brainer over a recent production standard 39A. Am I missing something with the market and value on these guns? One more quick question, I've seen people post the "proof mark" on the barrel of their 39's, mine is "JM" does that mean anything? Thanks for your thoughts.

    Nick
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    You may want to check the "completed" auctions to really see what the rifles are actually bringing, don't just rely on the "asking price" or the "buy it now price". Doing this you'll get a better picture of what "any" type/brand of firearm is bringing in the current market.
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    I agree with Ballplayer. I needed values for insurance reasons so I found all the auctions that pertained to my firearms and put them on a watch list. Once the auctions ended, you will get an apprx value. Don't forget the ending price does not inclued shipping and FFL fees.

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    Do your homework, auction site prices can boggle the mind, some folks bidding know nothing about values.
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    blackdog I also learned to shoot with a 39d still have it. I would think that your rifle and the Article 2 you are looking at are pretty close in value in eqaul condition. The Article 2 and the Century Limiteds dont seem to bring big money (not sure why).

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    I'll admit quite a few times over the years I have seen something I liked/wanted and threw "value" out the window when trading knowing at the time I was the "loser" on the money end of the deal with no regrets, but that's just me. I'll probably do it again if the right toy comes along
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