I've been studying the forum for a few weeks and learning lots.
I feel I can introduce myself now because yesterday I went out and bought a Marlin.
My name is Dave and I live in the UK and I am a farmer. We have very tight firearms laws over here, but luckily for me farmers can own and shoot easily enough within reason. Rimfires are easy enough to get a permit for and I have had 2 of them for many years. The first was a BRNO bolt action I inherited off my Dad, the other was a Remington Speedmaster which was a bit pants really. Accuracy was rubbish, especially compared to the BRNO. I ditched the semi auto and replaced it with a Marlin. By the way, the Remington was worth next to nothing so I just handed it in to the police. Much more straight forward than trying to sell it for peanuts.
Having studied what everyone had to say about various lever action .22 rimfires I finally decided on a Marlin, but preferably not a new one. From what I can gather they are not quite as good.
I put a deposit down on a short barreled 39A a week or so back, when I went to pick it up it was a TDS.
Pretty much what I wanted as I prefer the straight stock, prefer the non chequered wood and liked the idea of a shorter barrel.
A bit of a disappointment when I came to fire it as the first 2 rounds ftf. Fortunately from reading this forum it came as no great surprise and I had a good idea what caused it. The firing pin is actually very worn but Swanys fix has helped. To start with it was ftf on 3 out of 5 rounds, now down to 1 out of 10 if using Winchester subsonics, still not great but tolerable until the new firing pin arrives (ordered yesterday).
I will stick some pics up soon, but meantime thanks for all the help you have already given me.
Hi Dave(Apples), I am from NE Florida near Jacksonville. We have an International Marlin Owners site you may like to join. You may be able to meet some of your fellow Englishmen(Brits) or speak to them by tele.Welcome Aboard. Marla