Here's my new (to me) 1978 39M, I bought from HiCaliber in Georgia. I thought I paid a bit on the high side at $475 (shipped). But after seeing the gun...I think I did pretty well. The bluing is like new on this gun. There is a little wear on the top strap where they had a scope at one point, but otherwise the metal is near perfect. The wood is pretty, but has had some poly put over the original finish on the forearm. At some point I will likely refinish the stock & forearm. The action is smooth. The trigger is about 3-4 lbs and has a bit of creep, but hopefully I can remove that. The gun is better than I thought based on the photos I was sent. Even the screws that I thought were buggered up, are barely damaged. This gun has no gold lettering at all. Is that normal for a gun of this year, or do you think it's been reblued. I think it's original. Sorry for the crappy picture. Just had to share with my pards! ;D
I do need to say thanks to my bud Seeemmiss over on the Rugerforum.com. He found this gem for me!
Very nice. Beautiful wood. I have a '68 Mountie. There's just something about those straight stocks. Don't worry too much about the price if you're happy with it. They run locally from $350 - $500. Besides, if you wait long enough it will only go up in value , Lonnie.
Beautiful gun. I just bought a new model 39a yesterday for $595.00 up here in Canada. The price did not bother me. I am buying Marlin art after all. As it was new, I gave it a close look before buying and had the gun smith look at it as well. There were two new ones in stock and one had a cracked stock. I have been in a race to get the Marlins that I want before there isn't any good ones left. It seems that used model 39s or 1894s do not exist north of the US border. I went from no marlins to five marlins in less than a year. I now have a model 336C, 336SS, 1894css, 1894 44 mag. as well as the model 39a. I am not going to miss out on a beautiful piece of history. Reading the posts and all the opinions (even in the Rant section) doesn't make a person not buy a Marlin, it seems to make you buy cautiously but buy and buy again.
Other than a serial number, there is no apparent way to tell where or when it was made. There is no JM or REP stamps on the barrel. The gun is a little stiff but cycles the rounds fine.