Picked one up last year, so that I could practice "inexpensively" for deer season. I hunt w/a 336 with peep sight & found a model 39 rigged the same way so it seemed perfect. As of this month, it is my favorite firearm to shoot, so smooth, still quite accurate despite this specific gun being 60 yrs old!
I also collect 39(As) and its variations. They are great to shoot, and I justify my Marlin habit by knowing they increase in value every year...especially pre-crossbolt-safety ones. And the carbine (straight grip, 20" barrel) version 39M (Mounties) are getting harder to find, if you pick up one, hang on to it! (Or PM me and I'll make an offer.)
I love my 39A!
My uncle gave it to me when I was 14 yrs old, that was 42 years ago.
It has remained my favorite shooting rifle all these years.
I've used it for hunting rabbit & squirrel, plinking & target practice.
My grandson loves it and it will be his someday!
I would love to be able to afford one! I own 2 Marlins, the Model 60 and the XT. I just found out that the XT came in a tube fed model. I thought the tube fed option would bother me but I like it quite a bit and with a speed loader, you can reload as fast if not faster that a clip. One day I will add a lever action to my small collection. One day...
I was fortunate enough to get a marlin golden mountie from a good friend of mine. The buttstock was broken. I ordered one and had to trim it quite a bit then finish sand. After that my wife finished and truoiled it. Lot of time spent. Good time. I sighted it in just the other day. What a great shooting little rifle! Very accurate!
I bought a 39M Golden Mountie this summer at a garage sale. Its a 57-58 model and had Weaver 4X 15mm scope on a side mount drilled and tapped into the side of the receiver. I took that off an put a regular mount and scope and filled in the drilled holes with plug screws. He had a 39D also but couldn't get that one from him. It was a 1971 model and just like a Mountie except it had a pistol grip stock. And NO mine is not for sale, lol.
I own two 39's. A 1952 vintage "A" with pistol grip and a 39M Mountie. I love me both. The A model was in mint shape when I got it years ago and the Mountie was in great shape on all metal but wood is rough and butt plate cracked. Scored the plate and now restoring the wood. It's going to be a sweetheart.