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Well,

Let's try again... :-[

Yesterday my Skinner peep sight came, and it is (IMO) beautiful... I installed it on my 1996 39A and took some photos of it.. I sent Andy (@Skinner) the photos, and I was proud, proud of my new peep sight..

Then I came here to share the photos with other Marlin 39A fans, and thought I was cooking with gas..

Until the phone rang and Andy (calling from Montana) tactfully, well, as tactfully as a person can be right after they fell off a horse from laughing so hard, suggested if I weren't 100% happy with his fantastic product I might want to try reversing it before sending it back..

Yep. I put that sucker on backwards..

This is the point where I use my "senior citizen" card..

I'm old, cut me some slack.. I'm sure if Ron White were describing me he might use his famous "you can't fix stupid" line...

Anyway, it's on pointed in the right direction and I think it's almost a work of art.. Just enough brass showing to compliment the gold plated trigger, and gold plated lettering on the barrel..

Ok truthfully Andy didn't fall off a horse... But if he had been ON a horse there is an excellent possibility it could have happened.

But, all's well that end's well. I love my new Skinner (Black Gold model) peep sight, and Andy had a good laugh at this old *******'s expense, but I'm so pleased with the quality and beauty of the peep sight sitting on top of my 39A I don't even mind being laughed at.

Crap, I deserve it.

Heck, I just appreciate Andy's calling me real quick so I could try and cover some tracks...

Best Wishes,

Jesse





 

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That really looks good. I may have to buy another 39 so I can install one myself.
 

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PX-That sight looks great on the 39A. I like the tutone effect. I don't think I would have told that story though. ;D

Hal-I have a dandy for sale in the classifieds. I think it needs a skinner. ;D
 

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PX-That sight looks great on the 39A. I like the tutone effect. I don't think I would have told that story though. ;D
Hal-I have a dandy for sale in the classifieds. I think it needs a skinner. ;D

Hi hunter:

Hey, if you can't laugh at yourself?

Good luck selling the 39D, it's a beauty... ;D

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Jesse
 

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PX,

The exchange with you via phone was most pleasant and I'm glad we had the chance to connect.

Thanks for the great photos! Your beautiful rifle is now featured on our websight at http://www.skinnersights.com/2.html

I'm not laughing but still smiling!

Who knows! Maybe it would work better in that position? Sometimes the unconventional is the most practical, even if we are swimming up stream!

Looking at the pictures you sent, I'm kinda hankering for a nice clean 39 to set up with Skinner "Black Gold"!

The 39 Century in our banner has seen thousands of rounds through it and still shoots amazingly well! A week ago I put 500 rounds through it plinking in the woods shooting pinecones, small sticks and rocks, etc... As Erik, Pres. of Ziess Optics said last August.. "This is the most fun we have had all day!" (after shooting a couple of boxes of shells through my 39)

Thanks again and let me know how I can be of more help.

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PX: That's a great story. It takes a big man to be able to laugh at himself.
We all have our moments. BTW, that's a fine looking shooting iron you have.
Oh yeah, where are the "before" pics?
 

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I don't think your the first to do that!

I REALLY like the two tone..............now you got me thinkin' I need to order a brass dovetail for my Skinner........hhhhmmmmmmmmmmm. ::)

Great pictures - thank you!
 

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PX: That's a great story. It takes a big man to be able to laugh at himself.
We all have our moments. BTW, that's a fine looking shooting iron you have.
Oh yeah, where are the "before" pics?


Jhhc:

Well... Let me meditate on it.. Not sure I want photo proof of my stupidity..

But, if it makes you feel better, I didn't even realize the Skinner had an elevation adjustment, and I was concerned that my groups were low. I called Andy and asked him about getting a lower front sight, and his first question was, "have you tried the vertical adjustment yet"...

Uh... hello.... VERTICAL adjustment. ???

So, one more "senior citizen moment", giving the peep sight three twirls counter clockwise, and, VOILA', poa, poi........ Yowzaaaaaa... ;)

I told Andy that if I asked him enough questions about the excellent Skinner peep sight, and had enough active brain cells to remember his answers, I'm gonna be declaring myself the "guru of all things related to the Skinner peep sight" on this forum one of these days.

Then again, maybe not.. :-[

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Jesse
 

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Hey Jesse - is that a Jack & Coke? Looks like your pup was lappin' at the bowl too!

;D ;D ;D
 

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Hey Jesse - is that a Jack & Coke? Looks like your pup was lappin' at the bowl too!

;D ;D ;D

450:

Actually it's just good old "JawJa" sweet ice tea.. :)

Buddy (my Australian Shepherd) doesn't drink, he's always our "designated driver"....

Oh yeah, my 2nd Marlin Century Limited came today. I bought it off www.gunbroker.com last week. It came with an all steel Redfield peep sight, but there was no aperture in it, so it was basically a "ghost ring"..

I had ordered a .040 (smaller) aperture when I bought my Skinner thinking it'd be a nice option to the standard one (.096) that comes standard with the Skinner.

Just for fun I tried the .040 from Skinner and it fits perfectly in the 40 year old Redfield... ;)

I LOVE these little Century Limiteds.... :)

Jesse

 

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You said it was shooting low? What did you replace the front sight with?

Oh and by the way those marlins look sharp. I would be afraid to take them out. The 'gold' on my 63 mountie is just about worn off.

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Very nice rifles PX!

You can officially say you 'have a pair!'

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You said it was shooting low? What did you replace the front sight with?
Oh and by the way those marlins look sharp. I would be afraid to take them out. The 'gold' on my 63 mountie is just about worn off.
Matt


Hi Miller,

I hadn't replaced the factory front sight at all.. Using the factory sights the poa/poi was perfect, but when I put the Skinner on it my groups were 1 1/2 - 2" low at 15 & 25 yards. I thought a new, shorter front sight was going to be necessary, but Andy took pity on me (again) and walked me thru adjusting the vertical height of the peep sight so that now it's spot on at that distance.

I gave the peep sight three turns, counter clockwise, and that adjustment solved the problem. Andy says I have one more counter clockwise turn available, but I'm "good to go" now.

I'll tell, that "Black Gold" Skinner is a beautiful addition to my 39A... ;)

Best Wishes,

Jesse
 

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PX,

That is one fine-looking rifle with the two-tone Skinner. I ordered the Skinner with standard aperture for a Mountie, and it shot what I thought was very accurately; then like you, I decided to order the target aperture (.040) and bada-bing! it now will drive tacks like a target rifle at 50 yards (my limit). I would highly recommend anyone who has a Skinner to have both (larger for hunting, or just plugging beer cans and empty 12-gauge shells), and the fine aperture (for clustering groups around the little black spot on the paper at whatever range your eyes will allow!!)

BTW, I also have one on my 1894 .44 Mag as well, but ain't nuthin' like shootin' a brick of .22s through a well-loved Model 39A, 39M, or some variation thereof!
 

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PX,

That is one fine-looking rifle with the two-tone Skinner. I ordered the Skinner with standard aperture for a Mountie, and it shot what I thought was very accurately; then like you, I decided to order the target aperture (.040) and bada-bing! it now will drive tacks like a target rifle at 50 yards (my limit). I would highly recommend anyone who has a Skinner to have both (larger for hunting, or just plugging beer cans and empty 12-gauge shells), and the fine aperture (for clustering groups around the little black spot on the paper at whatever range your eyes will allow!!)
BTW, I also have one on my 1894 .44 Mag as well, but ain't nuthin' like shootin' a brick of .22s through a well-loved Model 39A, 39M, or some variation thereof!


Thanks!

I love my Marlins...

My 1996 39A was a bit "stiff" when I bought it, but I've noticed a definite improvement the more I shoot it. I don't think it had ever been shot much by the previous owner(s).

On the other hand, both of my Century Limiteds are as smooth as glass.. Of course the CL's are over 40 years old and predate the rebounding hammer and cross block safety.. Don't know if that accounts for how sweet they are, but it's a real pleasure shooting ANY of my Marlins.

I don't even know what the "rebounding hammer" consists of, but as for the cross block safety, I don't mind that a bit. I think a younger person, new to shooting, might benefit from the extra safety offered by the changes made from the originals.

Back to the Skinner..

I am so pleased with both the appearance and functionality of the Skinner Peep Sight... Beautiful to behold on the rifle, and offers the shooter a surprising improvement in accuracy at the same time..

I've got to get back to Andy and order myself another .040, and .096 aperture. My latest CL with the Redfield has confiscated my .040, and I'd like to have the option of the larger .096 for it too.

Best Wishes,

Jesse
 

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I have a 1946 Marlin 39a...trying to put a 50 year old new Redfield peep sight on it. Having problems because the peep sight will be too high for the front sight. Any suggestions.
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When putting a receiver mounted sight you often have to also install a new taller front sight
 
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