Hey everyone...I was wondering...First off,why do the newer 39AS rifles have the traditional black hard plastic pistol grip end(probably the wrong terminoligy)behind the lever and a non matching brown rubber buttplate where the older ones had the black? Could a person replace the new style with the old style? Would that deliberate changing of how Marlin made it be a bad thing! I love shooting this rifle and really like how it looks...except that rubber buttstock pad! Maybe if they had matched them up...just a thought. What do Ya'll think about this?