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The Marlin Model 39 claims to be the oldest continually-produced cartridge rifle in history.  Its parent design was born during the unexceptional presidency of Benjamin Harrison, whose bust never even made it onto the Mount Rushmore Commemorative Paperweight.  Unlike that former Commander-In-Chief, this 19th Century Fox was blessed with what sales and marketing types like to call ‘legs.’  Legs so long, in fact, that it’s still a perennial favorite here in the 21st Century.

Does it deserve it?  You bet it does…


The Marlin Model 39 is a lever-action .22 rimfire rifle, manufactured by Marlin between 1921 and 1937.  It has a 24″ fully octagonal barrel, a color-blued receiver, and a tube magazine that holds 16 and maybe 17 rounds of .22 Long Rifle.  The sighting apparatus is  a beaded front post and a drift-adjustable semi-buckhorn rear with an elevation ramp.    Like most .22 lever-actions it will also feed and fire .22 Short and Long cartridges, although we didn’t have any to run through our test rifle.


The Model 39 is descended from the Marlin Model 1891, a solid frame lever-action .22 introduced in…wait for it…1891.  The 1891 used the same side loading gate as the Winchester series of lever-actions, but jamming the tiny rimfire rounds through the tiny loading gate proved to be a major pain in the ass and Marlin switched to tube-loading the next year.  In keeping with their cryptic product designation codes, Marlin called this slightly-revised design the Model…1892.

Five years later the solid frame was changed to a takedown design which allowed the gun to be separated at the receiver for cleaning and storage, using a nickel for a screwdriver.  You’ve probably guessed that this model was called the Model 1897.  More minor changes were made in 1921 and the gun was renamed the Model 39, even though it wasn’t 1939 yet.  Go figure.

Toward the later part of the Model 39s long production run it became apparent that the old bolt design wasn’t strong enough to handle then-modern ‘high-speed’ .22 Long Rifle cartridges.  The bolt was redesigned to handle the higher pressures, and those Model 39s were designated with an “HS” prefix to their serial numbers.  Our test gun was such a rifle, happily safe to shoot with any .22 Long Rifle ammunition ever made.

Only minor changes were made throughout the evolution of the 1891/1892/1897/39/39A design, and most parts and dimensions remained constant from one year (and one model) to the next.  The 1897 has as much in common with a brand-new 39A as a 1980s Gen1 Glock has with its own latest iteration.  It’s not too much of a stretch to say that the 39A has been continuously produced since 1891, although there was a 4-year break in production during WWII.


The Model 39 is a little different in operation from a modern rimfire lever-action.  Which is to say, it’s a little bit better.  The despicable cross-bolt safety that has infected most of the lever-gun biosphere (although not the Henry) simply didn’t exist back then, and neither did the awkward and easily-broken tube magazine plunger.

My very first rifle was a Marlin Model 60 semi-automatic.  I still own it, but I can’t remember how many times I cringed as the spring-loaded plunger slammed violently into the magazine tube when I tipped the muzzle upwards to load it.  I also dropped it several times, and it’s a minor miracle (not quite the loaves and the fishes, but better than a good card trick) that it still works at all, much less perfectly.

The Model 39 is so old-school that they hadn’t invented that kind of silliness yet. Instead of pulling out the plunger with the magazine spring inside it, you press the detent button (above) and pull out the outer magazine tube itself.  When pulled out about 18 inches the outer tube locks in place, and this reveals an inner magazine tube with the little cartridge-shaped cutout to slip the rounds into.  Since the outer tube locks in the ‘open’ position, you can tip up the muzzle without the plunger ramming itself back down, and one-handed loading is suddenly made simple.

While it’s still slower than feeding cartridges through a receiver loading gate, the Model 39’s design is infinitely better than the ‘modern’ (read: cheap) loading design of my Model 60 and of the Model 39As.  It doesn’t take two people to load a Model 39!  Why do so many modern tube-fed rifles get it so wrong?  If the Henry Rifle Co. would switch to this much more elegant loading system it might cost a few more bucks, but could gain them legions of shooters who simply cannot abide their loading procedure.

The rest of the rifle works exactly the way you’d want a lever-action to work.  Once you’ve loaded up the tube with sixteen rounds, you’re ready to rack and roll.  Unlike modern Marlin triggers, this old-school rifle sports a solid one-piece trigger which will not flop around.  It also uses a one-piece firing pin, which makes it more theoretically vulnerable to slam-fires if it’s dropped on its muzzle while loaded.  Since I’ve never done this with any firearm, I wasn’t concerned about it on the Model 39.


With the twist of a nickel, the split receiver opens like a Faberge Egg, revealing a marvelous lockwork of hand-fit Steampunk intricacy.  This particular rifle was built between 1937 and 1939, with essentially the same lockwork that Marlin had been using for 30 years.  The craftsmen who built this gun knew what they were doing; even almost 75 years later it still fits together and runs like clockwork.  The only exception is the bolt itself, which seems as though it might have been a replacement part, transplanted from another rifle at some point.  It doesn’t fit with the same precision that every other part does, but it still fits better than the bolts I saw on new-manufacture Marlin 39As at a gun show last month.  And speaking of fit and finish…

Fit and Finish

You have to give a 75 year-old gun a little slack, especially when it comes to noncritical internal surfaces, blueing and wood-to-metal fit.  Those guys didn’t have CNC mills to do the work for them, and fancy coatings like Melonite or nickel-boron were decades in the future.  Every cut was measured twice, cut by hand-adjusted machine tools, and detail fit with files, stones, and emory cloth.  Steel was either in the white, color-hardened, or blued.

The blueing on this rifle has held up remarkably well.  I’m not a whiz at rating firearm finishes on the NRA scale, but the blued barrel still retains almost all of its original blueing except at the corners.  The color-hardened receiver hasn’t fared so well, because color hardening doesn’t produce as durable or protective a finish as ordinary blueing.  The receiver’s finish has dulled to a pleasing satin, with some patches of minor surface discoloration.

The wood is still in remarkably good shape.  75 years have caused some shrinkage away from the metal in places, but it still boasts a wood-to-metal fit that puts modern Marlins to shame.  The only jarring ‘character mark’ on the whole rifle is the hard plastic buttplate.  It’s a poorly-fitting replacement part, not made for this rifle, and the heel of the buttplate sticks out about 1/4″ proud of the wood of the buttstock itself.  It’s a pity, but I wouldn’t dream of having it ‘repaired.’  A gun like this can be ‘restored’ by an expert restorer (more akin to a museum conservator than to a gunsmith) using period parts, but never ‘repaired.’

With this in mind, the quality of workmanship that went into this rifle is excellent. The octagonal barrel flats are true and flat, and the receiver halves mate together like the hand-fit sidelocks of a bespoke English double.  All of the moving parts, of course, are slicker and smoother than silvered glass: they’ve been lapping against each other for three-fourths of a century, yet somehow they’re still tight and solid.

The lever and trigger are better than a brand-new Marlin, which may be scant praise, but also slightly better than the action and trigger of a heavily-customized race gun like my .357 Magnum Model 1894.  The old Marlin is at least the equal of the finest brass-framed lever guns I’ve ever fired like Henrys and Ubertis, and that’s the highest praise I can give.

The lever works with smooth and nearly silent precision.  The trigger offers only minimal takeup, breaks very cleanly at exactly three pounds, and then follows up with a little more overtravel than we’d like to see.  Did it affect accuracy?  We doubt it.

Accuracy and Functioning

Feeding and functioning was, um, perfect.  The old Marlin fired all the contents of my ‘remainders’ bag of .22s: standard and high-velocity  roundnoses, hollowpoints and truncated cones from a half-dozen brands, randomly fed into the magazine tube.  Somehow the point of impact didn’t shift more than a quarter-inch at 30 yards from one brand of ammo to the next; I’m not sure that’s physically possible, but there it was.

It was also perfectly zeroed, right out of the gun case, with no fiddling whatever.  Neither of us are crack marksmen with iron sights (thanks for my crappy eyesight, law school) but Kurk and I discovered that we simply could not miss with this rifle; the trigger was so clean and the handling was so steady that even firing offhand at 50 yards we rarely missed a tin can or clay pigeon.  Or a bottle cap.  Or a fragment of a clay pigeon.

Or basically anything.  Out to 50 yards, anything big enough to see unaided was big enough to hit with the first round.


A marksman with better eyes than mine could teach more than a few bolt-action target shooters a lesson in accuracy with this rifle, but that’s not really what a lever-action .22 is for.  It’s built for small-game hunting, plinking and fun, and for me there may be no .22 rifle in the world that’s more fun a good lever-action.

How much fun is it?  Fun is hard to quantify (except perhaps in dollars, laughs or pints) but we had more of it after running 200 or so rounds through the Marlin than we did after running 400 rounds through my Evil Assault,  er, Modern Sporting Carbines.  We’d already had a great day shooting (great weather, no malfunctions, and we were both shooting exceptionally well) but the real fun didn’t start until we pulled out the Marlin.  After 75 years, it had both of us grinning like idiots and taking offhand potshots at tin cans 75 yards off.  And usually hitting them.

You just can’t buy that kind of fun.


No, I really meant it.  You can’t buy that kind of fun from Marlin; not today.  The virtues of this fine old rifle, sadly, are not embodied in the modern Model 39A’s on the rack at Wal-Mart.  Marlin’s historic Connecticut factory is an empty and shuttered ruin.  The clean lines of the Model 39’s receiver are now blemished by an ungainly cross-bolt safety with a plasticky look and feel.  The bright blued octagonal barrel is a thing of the past, replaced by a round barrel with a rough Dremel Tool finish.  The receiver halves of modern Model 39A’s no longer fit together tightly, and wood-to-metal fit is atrocious.

Marlin may yet rescue this design from a shameful demise (I keep hoping they’ll make it) but for now, if you want a good one, you have to get an old one.

RATINGS (out of five)

Accuracy:  ****
More accurate than I could hope to be with iron sights.  The excellent trigger, long barrel and sighting radius make it a marvelous offhand rifle.

Shooting Ergonomics:  ****
Marlin has had handling nailed for 120 years.   (Loading ergonomics are a different story: **1/2.  The old-style tubular magazine loading was vastly better then than it is now, but still awkward. )

Reliability: *****
It ate my whole bag of leftover .22s and then some.

Aesthetics: *****
The classic lines of a classic rifle that Marlin should never have changed.  Wish it still had its original buttplate, though.

Overall Rating: *****
How do you ‘rate’ a pre-’64 Model 70?  Or a pre-war Colt 1911, or a K98 Mauser?  The Model 39 is one of those designs that helped define what a firearm should be.

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  1. My first gun was a new Marlin 39A in 1963. More recently I found a ’69 vintage 39M. I tested the two rifles for accuracy and the 39M was much more accurate. After all the rounds I had put through my 39A in the ‘60s, the barrel was shot. I had it rebarreled at the factory and now the 39A and 39M are about equal in accuracy and ready for another 50 yrs. of use.

    • Welcome Tom, I am the other Tom and I have a 39A built in the late 1970s which was not so great. Machining could have been better and I do not think the barrel to reciever is quite right. Gun had a lot of problems with the magazine tab and would jam. Finally got an old spacer of a 39 and it finally worked. Sights came loose as well. I was somewhat disappointed.

  2. My first gun was a new 1972 Marlin 39M which I still have and my 14 year old son drools over the prospect of it being handed down to him some day. I am very fortunate that my grandfather was a die-hard, lever action fan and my grandparents spent the extra bucks on this gun for my 14th birthday present.

    It is a “dream” to shoot!

  3. It’s sad to see Marlin going the way they are. I had a ,22 mag a number of years ago but the machining on the bolt and other surfaces looked unfinished, tool marks were everywhere. The Savage I replaced it with had far better machining and cost less too.
    I’m looking at Uberti and Henry as well as Rossi for a classic .22 and hope to try one soon,

    • Hi i bought a new 39a couple of weeks ago. pulled her down and compared to other older rifles in the club and i have to say i was impressed. the browning has a really excellent build but the 39a tops the scores more often than not. 70% of rifles in the lever action club would be Marlins.

  4. Chris, that was a great review about a great gun that once was built here in America.

    “More minor changes were made in 1921 and the gun was renamed the Model 39, even though it wasn’t 1939 yet. Go figure.”
    — Maybe it was 39″ long?

  5. One of my best friends growing up had a 39 rifle and a 39 carbine. I loved that rifle. So much so that I recently tried to find one for a Christmas present for my boy. They seem to be rarer than hen’s teeth. I’m still looking but I think it’s going to be mine.

  6. This is great timing to find this article. We found we at I think is this very gun in a garage in a case. Serial number 59164. Any information would be so helpful. It does have a little site that swings up from the stock. My nephew thinks the extraction mechanism is missing. any exploded views of parts for this gun so we can figure it out?

    Thanks in advance,
    M. Brown

    • I have model 39 ser #105xx and I believe it was made in 1922. If your serial number is not preceded by an “s”, then it was made prior to 1926, when the “s” was added.

      • I got a marlin model 39 serial number S15029 it has a 20 inch octagon barrel can you tell me anything about it.The stock looks the Texas 39 but that a 24 inch round barrel . Thanks for any help.

  7. I know we are talking the model 39 here, but I need to vent on Marlins recent manufacturing..I just purchased (12/24/2012) a new marlin lever gun 1895G in a 45/70 Govt. Cool gun…MANY problems right off the bat. Wouldnt even chamber a round/ eject a round/ the lever was so sharp it sliced my glove. The front hood is loose already and the rear sight is bent. WOW right out of the box. The company has some serious quality control issues. Sent it back, got it back in 1 month. Seems ok now. But come on…..

    • Remington now owns Marlin and they are building them cheap so that Wal-Mart can sell them cheap. I don’t know for sure but I am told that they are Manufactured over seas.
      They are crap now. All that I have heard about them is bad, some won’t chamber a round are if it does, it want eject it, right out of the box.


  9. Hi guys from Australia. been a bolt gun user forever but decided to have a crack at Lever rifle comps. bought a new 39a last week. Dealer advises that earlier in 2012 marlin had revisited the problems aand made them good. backed up with a 5 year warrenty. woodwork is well done and fitted.overall finish is not to bad. not in the class of browning but is physically a full size gun compared to others.I will let you know after i have run a 1000 rounds thru her.
    Nelson [email protected]

  10. OK, everyone, eat your heart out! I just acquired a 1922 Model 39 ser. no. 8462 !! It’s all original. Though the finish is worn and somewhat pitted and the left buckhorn tip is broke, it still shoots like a dream. The parts fit like a glove. Just don’t make em like that anymore.

    • I have a model 39. Serial # 7046…in beautiful shape and I am only the third friends grandfather give it to him and I rescently got it off of him.his grandfather was the original owner…can someone tell me what this guns value would be(not for sale)

  11. Have a Marlin model 1892, a 39 and a 39a. They all shoot well, especially the 39. Love the look and the way they shoot, SWEET!

  12. My dad gave me a new 39A in 1951. Serial number is H11724. I need a part or two and was wondering if someone could direct me towards a source. Need the following:
    Front Sight Ramp Hood

    The Finger Lever is also loose and I’m wondering if either or both it and the Finger Lever Screw are worn out.

    I have a lot of memories in this rifle and would like to get it back to good, if not new condition.

  13. I have a Model 39, hex or octagon barrell acquired from my grandfather in 1967. He used it to kill hogs at his butcher shop and the muzzle apparently became flawed with all the moisture you would expect in a kill room. I had a local gunsmith bore and sleeve it in the ’70s. I know that probably hurt the value but I planned on shooting it, not selling it. Other wise it is in good condition with only normal wear expected over 75-80 or so years. Had to replace the part that holds the lever firm against the stock right after I got it. That’s it. I’ve shot it a lot. No H or S or HS preceeding serial # (I think a 5 digit #, I don’t have it with me now) but it shoots modern 22’s (S, L, LR) fine. My son has a 39 Golden M Mountie we got him (used) in the ’90’s. Shoots great, no problems. Marlin made a great little rifle for a bunch of years.

  14. Kevin sounds like you have a great old piece to be proud off. I have seen one like it.
    Regards Nelson .Australia

  15. I have a model 39a it shoots great probably the most consistent of any rifle i have ever been around. The problems people were running into with the newer rifle occured after Remington acquired them. I recently bought a new marlin bolt action x7vh in .308 and have been very happy

  16. I own a 39-A that was passed down from my father. The only S/N on the gun is under the lever on the tang. S/N is 480 with no letter prefix. Is there of telling when this gun was made?

  17. I am looking at a Marlin model 39 (not 39A). The serial number is either 516923 or S16923, the first character is either an S or 5. I would like to know the age and value range of the rifle.


  18. My partner and i like, trigger I found just what exactly I’m having a look with regard to. You’ve concluded my own Four evening extensive seek out! Our god Cheers man. Employ a terrific working day. Bye

  19. I have a model 39 s# S 55xx there is also a (star) by the name model 39.It has a pop up peep sight marbles gladestone mich. that works great.Iam now 72 and have the 39 for 50 years.All original and has a good butt plate in good condition.Do you have any ideal of a ballpark value?Thanks,Royal

  20. I pulled out my Model 39 last week to admire it once again and decided to check things out like how to load it (I haven’t fired it since I got it 10 years ago). This article explained it all, thanks. I’ve also checked out the links about age of the gun, but there was nothing specific about the Model 39. Like a few others here, my serial starts with an S and is 4 digits long: 82XX, which would appear to be an early production number, but how early? Is the little star stamped in the receiver some kind of indication the gun passed some test? I think it has an aftermarket glenfield sight with knobs for elevation and windage and a “hooded” front sight. Any ideas?



  22. I’d love to own another 39 D. I owned one roughly 38 years ago. It was the best 22 I’ve ever owned. PERIOD! The 39 D was a carbine version of the 39A. It shot accurately and HARD. Plus, it was an absolutely gorgeous gun. Unfortunately, being young and dumb, I sold it when I got hard up for money. Now they no longer make it; and I’d LOVE to have another. Lesson learned.

  23. In Scotland I owned a .22 Marlin lever action rifle. It had a 28″ barrel and a spring loaded sleeve over the magazine which made it look like a large calibre rifle. When I emigrated to Canada in 1955 I sold it anticipating buying a new identical model. This is to my everlasting regret because the Marlin 39 I bought although good does not have the appeal of the other. It was a marvellous rifle – I could hit anything I aimed at regardless of range. Can anybody tell me which model Marlin it was from my description here given. Thanks in anticipation. W.R. Milne, Vancouver, BC

    • 1958 (-; because that’s the year I’ve got. Just bought it this week. Not a scratch on her. Can’t wait to take it out squirrel hunting.

  24. I have a 1954 39A and it is GREAT. One thing though: I don’t find loading it a problem, even though the magazine ‘tube’ is pulled all the way out. And I use a Spee-D-Loader to make it faster.

    Oh, and ‘my’ 39A is better than ‘yours’ because mine holds 19 rounds of .22lr. So there. Hah!

    Just kidding.

    Ed Card: look up numrich gun parts. They have a LOT of parts for old firearms.

    Didn’t Anne Oakley make a name for herself using the 1891 for her trick shooting of putting something like 22 shots through the ace of hearts in 27 seconds at 25 feet? Some shooting!!!!

    With my experience with my 39A I can believe it.

    in all honesty, they are all great guns.

  25. Thanks for your marvelous review of the beloved Marlin Model 39. I inherited mine from my dad in 1960. He passed it down to me on my thirteenth birthday, as he had recieved it on his thirteenth birthday in 1922 from his dad. In 1963 while firing modern ammo in it, the bolt broke. We packed up the rifle and mailed it to Marlin where it was fitted with a stronger bolt, modified to fit our gun from a then current production rifle. Marlin charged us nothing for the repair. It has been faithfully firing away ever since.

    Our Model 39 is truly a family heirloom, It is fitted with a “Wee-Weaver” scope and we still have and use the special slide-in breech ejector spring protector for cleaning.

    I had no idea just how accurate it was until recently when I carried it to a local indoor range where under controlled conditions, the ’39 and I produced some pretty amazing shot groups. Ninety years young and still going strong. My dad would surely be pleased, his dad would probably be stunned.

    My two son’s are both grown and now the biggest question is which one of them will get to keep it most often at their house. But for now, it stands guard in my home.

    John M (Atlanta, GA)

  26. I have a model 39 marlin, round blue barrel, case hardened receiver,lever and hammer. A crescent shaped buttstock with a black plastic butt plate. The top of the tang is marked Model 39. However the barrel is marked 39A. The serial number is on the bottom of the tang and is marked HS and the serial number 1515.
    The gun has a property tag on the left hand side that says MCI Norfolk. I found this to mean Massachussets Correctional Institute, in Norfolk Mass. What can you tell me about year of production etc? Thanks,,,Kelly

  27. i own couple old rifles i was ever of em is pre micro D8262.would like to know more about it.numbers on stock do not match and would like to know where i might find replacement butt stock cause it is also cracked badly.can u still find replacement iron sites fronn thst era

  28. Howdy, quick question, have you ever had an issue with the gun not firing when pointed even slightly downward? I’ve been having this problem, and I’m not sure if the firing pin has gotten worn down or if there is a spring missing internally. Any help is greatly appreciated.

  29. Great article just recieved this gun for my 56 th bday.I perchased the gun in Austin I new it was rare but had no idea it was that rare.I have the same gun in a 30 30 and have shot several deer with it!You were dead on the craftsman ship is exceptional!!
    Thanks Again,
    Mark Lewis
    San Antonio ,Texas

  30. My family used to own marlin. It was said when we sold it. No more birthday trips to the factory 🙁 My uncle has an a39 that I need to get away from him somehow.

  31. I have two Marlin 39 octagon barrel . one has a sn 29xx and one is sn85xx Several people have expressed interest in buying them but I don’t know their worth. Both rifles are in beautiful condition ! One even still has the original tag telling how to take apart and put together. How can I get an estimate so I don’t get ripped off?

    • Hi Marilyn, Find a trustworthy gunsmith. I appraise firearms for a living and I always present the Client with current Comps that area verifiable. You should be willing to pay for the services to learn the price and are not obligated to sell to the appraiser. Also check out Gun Broker. The rifles Marlin 39 can be quite valuable. Right now they are selling for $550 to $4,799.00. Most likly you would be on the high side of that. Keep in mind though that several factors go into firearm valuation.

  32. I have a 1891 Marlin 22 lever action with octagon barrel. Can anyone tell me where I can find a complete magazine tube with springs etc.?

  33. Despite the fact this gun is a fine piece of art the key factor that made me go for it was great price I found, that is a great review indeed.

  34. i just got a model 39A couple days ago, the whole butt was wrapped with electrical tape, because it was cracked. the whole gun was also painted black. at first, i thought it was a Winchester 9422, which i bought new in 1968. i sold that gun a couple of years ago, and had regretted ever since. the first thing i did was strip the paint of the whole gun. than i came across this model A number and micro groove.very hard too see because so worn. than found out on the internet that it’s a marlin. i loaded it and worked the lever, and it jammed most of the time . 🙁 but after lubing the loading port and working it a whole lot, i found that you cannot rough the loading, you have to be smooth and after some practice get the the feel of it. maybe action too old and sticky, but it fires. right now more buffing on the barrel and sanding on the wood parts. i fixed the crack on the butt with two wood screws. i’m so happy to have this very o!d gun !!! 🙂

  35. I have one of these and it has a site mounted on it. It looks exactly like the pictures above except for the cross hare site that is mounted on it. How much are these currently worth? I do have one problem. I removed the firing pin when my kids were little and I don’t have a clue what I did with it. Not even sure what it looks like now. My kids are 30 now so it’s been awhile since I removed it.

  36. I have my Dads model 39, he had it as a kid in the 40s. We have never adjusted the sights and this rifle is still dead on. I remember shooting it as a kid and it’s just as fun to shoot today.

  37. I am lucky to own two Marlin model 39-A’s. The first one I bought from my uncle when I was a teenager. He had traded for it and did not particularly care for it. I used it for years and it was the most accurate 22 caliber rifle I ever owned. About thirty years ago I found an old man who was liquidating his gun collection, and was able to buy a model 39-a, in mint condition for a sum I will not quote here. I still have both of those guns and they shoot and function flawlessly. Very accurate. I have had to do some work on the old one, that was made in about 1948, but it was minor. A couple of small parts I was able to buy on line. The newest one is a Golden Mountie, with the Gold trigger. A very short gun with a lot of accuracy.

  38. I am lucky enough to own two model 39-A marlins. The first one, manufactured in 1948, I bought from my uncle who had traded for it. I have had to do some maintenance on it over the years, but it still works and shoots well, and is one of the most accurate 22 rifles I have ever owned. The other one is a Golden Mountie, which has been shot very little. Still very accurate and in almost perfect condition.

  39. My dad gave me my first Marlin, a 39M, for Christmas in 1976. He bought it on Christmas Eve at Service Merchandise, on closeout for under $100. Just the other day, I learned that my oldest son was about to go out & buy a .22 and I told him I would bring him the coveted 39M this weekend. He feels honored that he’s the one to get the special Marlin and my younger son is a little disappointed but happy for his big brother. He doesn’t know that I bought a Marlin 39D to give to him when the time is right. I also have a 39 Carbine in the safe for my grandson, and my daughter just had another boy a few months ago, so I’ll be in the market for another 39 soon. None of these guns have the ugly cross-bolt safety and I refuse to by a 39 that has one. I also refuse to buy any Marlin that doesn’t have JM stamped on the barrel. I’ve tried to give Remington the benefit of the doubt recently, but I’m still hearing horror stories from too many Remlin buyers and I just can’t bring myself to buy a REM stamped gun.

    • Hello JD, I have a old Marlin Model 39 and was just curious as to where the JM stamp is located on the barrel? I have looked but cant seem to find it. The gun has a 4 digit serial number if that is of interest. Thanks.


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