The Classic Marlin 39A Lever
The Marlin 39A would be the only lever action 22 long rifle manufactured for most of the 1950s. I consider them true classic 22 caliber rifles of the 1950s.
In the 1954 advertisements for the Marlin model 39A, there would be two models advertised. One would be the standard model 39A that would weigh about 6 3/4 pounds and had a list price of $60.00.
The other model would be the Marlin 39A, called the Mountie. This model would have a straight pistol grip stock. It would weigh 6 1/4 pounds and would retail for $60. This was the first year that the Mountie model would be offered.
The Mountie model is more desirable to the Marlin collectors because of the sleek style and smaller numbers made. They are a nice Marlin 22 caliber rifle.
The marlin-lever-action-rifles in the model 39A would be very popular in the 1950s and 60s. Many of these firearms were manufactured and can be found in fair numbers today. But finding them in excellent condition can be a problem as they were popular for hunting and shooting.
The Marlin 39A in excellent condition can be a great addition to any gun collection.
As a gunsmiths in the 1970s, 80s and 90s I was able to work on many of these classic Marlin lever action rifles. Some of the issues I would have with these firearms would be bad firing pins, weak extractors, weak hammers springs, and some issues with feeding. They were an easy firearm to work on and I always enjoyed working on them.
This is another one of those firearms that I would reblue quit a few of. Because many of them were sold and used a lot they would naturally show more wear. This is one rifle that I always ended up with great results from the bluing process.
It is interesting to note that I would be hired by the new Marlin firearms owners that moved the Marlin Gun Company to the Remington plant in Ilion, New York. I would be the first new employee to start assembling the Marlin model 39A in the Remington plant.
This is the only model that is still manufactured pretty much the same way that it was made and assembled in the 1950s. I really enjoyed working on the Marlin 39A and as a gunsmith enjoyed learning the manufacturing and assembly aspect of the Marlin lever action rifle.
I would have to leave the Remington and Marlin firearms facilities because of health problems and could not continue in the assembly line type environment.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time and experiences at the Remington Arms Company.
This is one firearm that still has a significant amount of parts available, along with its great design and ease of repairs. You can buy this firearm and be assured that parts and repairs will not be a problem in the years ahead. Many of the Marlin 39A parts can be interchanged with the guns of the 1950s.
They did manufacture many of these firearms but the ones with collector interest must be an excellent condition. If you can find the ones in great condition, I would give them a good rating.
Notes on Marlin model 39A (1950s era)
• Standard Model 39A : Mostly 3rd Variation (Ballard
rifling 1946-53), (Micro-Grove rifling started in 1954)
• Golden 39A : (Started 1957)
• 39A Mountie : ( 1953-72) 24 in. barrel is rare
• Look for rifles in excellent condition. (Watch for
Note: Primary focus is the 1950s and 60s.