You're right! But they didn't use a number like that in any era that was under the lever, without a prefix letter??? Interesting!vrmntcllr said:I'm not so sure it's an early Marlin. The serial numbers were not under the lever but in front of the trigger gaurd at the front/bottom portion of the receiver.
Yes, the model 39a in 1939 did not have a prefix letter, but still too high a number for that model. They may have made it past 4 digits, but not up into the 30,000 range.GEOFF said:I don't know much about this but I noticed over in the 336 forum that a guy had listed out that list of dates of manufacture. It has a footnote that the 1939 Marlin 39A had a serial number but no prefix. I'm unsure of where the serial number on that vintage of 39 is though. Just thought I'd throw it out there! Like you guys have already said, there should be SOMETHING on the barrel though.