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I have had the gun referenced above for more than 20 years and I have never fired it. The chamber and barrel appears to be in good shape as does the action. From the way the rifle looks it is an early production in that it is a factory produced gun with a walnut stock that is in good condition with the exception of the buttplate which has a non fitting Remington Plastic butplate attached. The woodworking looks hand made, as it is crude when compared with mass produced woods.
I believe it to be a late 1800 39. The finish on the barrel and wood look original.

Can anyone give me an ideas as to year of production and a range of expected value. The bluing is worn on the octogon barrel, no reust present and the stock is in really good condition. I would rate the gun an 8 0f 10 if the year of manufacture is what a I think it is.

Marlin 39 # S5842..... who can help me with the questions and thanks in advance for any assistance anyone can provide. I live in Kentucky and own several other 39's although the others are 1970 (two Century's and a Golden 39A). I look forward to meeting other Marlin addicts and I appreciate any information you might be able to offer. I might be able to post some pictures if that is required.

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SGT Donald A Beaven, US Army Retired, in the year 1970...it has been a while!
 

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Welcome to MO forums. There are many here that will answer your questions but pictures are a must if you want to know everything about your rifle. We love gun porn post pic's of all your 39's as they are a forum favorite in my humble opinion.
 

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Welcome from Goldthwaite, TX and I thank you for your service! Golphin is right about needing pictures to really help out! Thanks for joining us. John
 

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An article recently referenced on MO from American Rifleman (Jan '84) says that the "S" prefix is for 1959. I don't know how to attach a pdf or I'd post the article. It's very informative.

In any case, welcome aboard and thank you for your service!
 

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Thanks to all of have responded and especially that offered a thanks for my service. That is what I like about visiting these gun forums; almost everyone who offers answers does so in a professional way that far exceeds responses on other forums. Thanks aain for the replies and it looks like my dating skills need to be refined. I truly appreciat the responses in such a timely manner and the way they were delivered.

dAb, SGT US Army Retired
 

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Welcome from WI!

Let's narrow some years down for your 39. We know 1921 was the first model year and it ended the first year of the 39A, which was 1937. The "S" prefix used during the early to mid 1920's shouldn't be confused with the letter "S" prefix for the year 1957. The latter is from the lettering code which started with "B" in 1941 and ended with "AD" in early 1968.

Unfortunately, the Marlin records from the early to mid 1920's were supposedly destroyed in a fire. Pictures will help narrow down the years of your 39 a bit closer due to some minor changes. For example, the bullseye wasn't added until 1922 and the latch on the magazine tube had some changes in the 1920's.
 

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