i have just acquired a marlin 39 a 22. there is no letter in the serial number. the number is 182#####. has micro grooved barrel and is marked original golden 39 a. serial number is on top tang. any info would be good. thanks Scott.
Congrats on the 39a! I too have a 1982 39a. Kinda different it not having the typical gold trigger huh. The way I understand it, there were about three years there where they made 'em with blued triggers. it might have been 4 years. Anyway...they are nice looking sweet shootin rifles!
now i wish i had of taken a picture of it. they welded the barrel on pretty good. but they didn't headspace it properly. it was rechambered to 22 wrf. when it shot it was accurate. you had to hold the pump handle fore ward tightly to fire it.