I realize that I don't post very much here and when I do I'm usually bitching about one of my Marlins. I just wanted to share my long journey that has a happy ending. About two years ago I finally had the money to purchase a life-long dream of mine, a Marlin 39 A. I ordered a new one and anxiously waited until it arrived. When I got it I was immediatly dissapointed. The metal to metal fit was awful and when I went out to shoot it I had to move the rear sight so far to the right that the left side of the rear sight was touching the left edge of the dovetail notch. Since it was not drilled an tapped for a receiver sight, I sold it to a friend for a considerable loss. He drilled and tapped it himself and is happy with it now. I then saved some more and ordered a new 1897T. On this one the rear of the bolt stuck out the back of the receiver an eighth of an inch, there were fairly deep machining marks on the receiver, the front sight was bent and the rear sight could be pushed out of the dove tail with your finger. I sent it back to the factory and they fixed everything. I then took it out to shoot it and I notice that it was becoming harder to extract shells. I looked at the chamber an the firing pin was hitting the rim of the chamber and had peened the metal to the point that the shells were dragging on it. I sent it back to the factory and Marlin fixed the firing pin and smoothed the chamber rim. I then traded this rifle for a 39A that was made in 1996. Man was that a good move. This rifle is perfect and everything I always had dreamed of. This was the reason that I stayed loyal to Marlin through everything. I also have a 336CS that I bought in 1984. I love that rifle as well. I guess I just a little worried about what has happend to this company recently. Did I just have bad luck or is this something that others have noticed? Anyway, I'm very happy with my rifle now and glad to be back on the Marlinowners forum with you fine gentlemen. Have a great Thanksgiving all.