I own another Marlin 22 (Papoose) and absolutely love it and was really hoping to add the 39a. My preference is to start a legacy with a new 39a, but the issues in the most recent versions make it unacceptable for me. I'd rather be patient and enter the used market for a decent older 39a. But....... I'm also going to look at the Henry.
I have to admit, it was only recently that I found out North Haven had been completely shut down. I knew about the announcement a year ago, but thought I'd read where the North Haven plant would remain open until mid-2011. And, thanks to this forum, that Remington didn't bring much of the Marlin brain trust with them (did I hear they kept one Marlin employee?), so it's certainly going to be tough for them pick up where Marlin left off. I realize Marlin took a few shortcuts with the 39a in the past few years, but am hoping someone at Remington can make it right.